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Bruce Ankenman

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

Director, Segal Design Institute


2133 Sheridan Road
Ford G311
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Segal Design Institute


Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences


Master of Engineering Management Program

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Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

M.S. Manufacturing Systems Eng., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waterloo, WI

B.S. Electical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Research Interests

As a design engineer in the automotive parts industry, I found that an engineer's job depends on the ability to efficiently collect and analyze data. Since many engineers have limited access to statistical methods, my research is to develop simple-to-use, yet statistically powerful tools for the design and analysis of both physical and simulation-based experiments. I have recently been involved with research on adapting design of experiment techniques for use in simulation experiments. These experiments are run on simulation models of manufacturing or other large scale systems and help engineers and managers to make tactical and strategic decisions based on realistic computer models.  

Since I view statistical methods as tools to be used for a purpose, I am concerned with the entire process of design, development, and continuous improvement in industry. These broader interests have led to my directorships in the Segal Design Institute and to the co-founding and teaching of the popular Northwestern class, Designing Your Life. In Segal, I direct education programs which focus on the full design process with special attention to meeting human needs.

Selected Publications

  • Erickson, Collin B.; Ankenman, Bruce E.; Plumlee, Matthew; Sanchez, Susan M., Gradient based criteria for sequential design, WSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference
  • Lane, Jacqueline Ng; Ankenman, Bruce E; Iravani, Seyed MR, Insight into gender differences in higher education, Service Science
  • Erickson, Collin B.; Ankenman, Bruce E.; Sanchez, Susan M., Data from fitting Gaussian process models to various data sets using eight Gaussian process software packages, Data in Brief
  • Duan, Weitao; Ankenman, Bruce E.; Sanchez, Susan M.; Sanchez, Paul J., Sliced Full Factorial-Based Latin Hypercube Designs as a Framework for a Batch Sequential Design Algorithm, Technometrics
  • Erickson, Collin B.; Ankenman, Bruce E.; Sanchez, Susan M., Comparison of Gaussian process modeling software, European Journal of Operational Research
  • Erickson, Collin; Ankenman, Bruce E.; Sanchez, Susan M., Comparison of Gaussian process modeling software, 2016 Winter Simulation Conference
  • Del Torto, Lisa M.; Ankenman, Bruce; Benjamin, Stacy; Harty, Trevor; Hirsch, Penny L., Exploring interdisciplinary design in relation to workplace success and campus community, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings