Faculty Directory
Wei Chen

Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A216
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-7019Email Wei Chen


Integrated Design Automation Lab


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Research Interests

Design Optimization; design under uncertainty; multidisciplinary design optimization; simulation-based design; design theory & methodology.

Dr. Chen is the Director of the Integrated Design Automation Laboratory (IDEAL). Her research goal is to develop rational design methods based on optimization techniques and statistical methods for use in engineering design and manufacturing problems. Her current research topics include robust design, reliability engineering, simulation-based design, multidisciplinary design optimization, enterprise-driven collaborative design, decision-based design (DBD), and model validation.

Significant Recognition

  • Design Automation Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Design Engineering Division, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, ASME Design Automation Conference, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2009 - present
  • Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, Society of Automotive Engineering, 2006
  • Intelligent Optimal Design Prize, 18th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, 2005
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award, 1996 - 2001
  • ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award, 1998
  • Black & Decker Best Paper Award, 1998
  • Alcoa Foundation Research Award, 1998
  • Sigma Xi Doctoral Dissertation Award, Georgia Tech Chapter, 1996
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), 2003 - present

Significant Professional Service

  • Editor, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Review Editor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Elected Member, Executive Committee of ASME Design Engineering Division (2009-2015); Vice Chair (2012-2013)
  • Elected Member, Advisory Board of the Design Society (2007-2013)

Selected Publications

  • Shishi Chen, Zhen Jiang, Shuxing Yang, Wei Chen, “Multimodel fusion based sequential optimization”, AIAA Journal, (2017)
  • M. A. Bessa, R. Bostanabad, Z. Liu, A. Hu, Daniel W. Apley, C. Brinson, W. Chen, Wing Kam Liu, “A framework for data-driven analysis of materials under uncertainty”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, (2017)
  • Zhao Liu, Ping Zhu, Chao Zhu, Wei Chen, Ren Jye Yang, “A modified particle swarm optimisation algorithm and its application in vehicle lightweight design”, International Journal of Vehicle Design, (2017)
  • Shuangcheng Yu, Yichi Zhang, Chen Wang, Won Kyu Lee, Biqin Dong, Teri W. Odom, Cheng Sun, Wei Chen, “Characterization and Design of Functional Quasi-Random Nanostructured Materials Using Spectral Density Function”, Journal of Mechanical Design - Transactions of the ASME, (2017)
  • Won Kyu Lee, Shuangcheng Yu, Clifford J. Engel, Thaddeus Reese, Dongjoon Rhee, Wei Chen, Teri W. Odom, “Concurrent design of quasi-random photonic nanostructures”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2017)
  • Zhenghui Sha, Veronica Saeger, Mingxian Wang, Yan Fu, Wei Chen, “Analyzing Customer Preference to Product Optional Features in Supporting Product Configuration”, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, (2017)
  • Zhangxing Chen, Yi Li, Yimin Shao, Tianyu Huang, Hongyi Xu, Yang Li, Wei Chen, Danielle Zeng, Katherine Avery, Hongtae Kang, Xuming Su, “A Comparative Study of Two RVE Modelling Methods for Chopped Carbon Fiber SMC”, SAE Technical Papers, (2017)
  • , “Research Challenges in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Complex Systems”, Springer, (2017)

In the Classroom

Professor Chen has taught the courses: Intro to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Design (Capstone Design), Computational Methods for Engineering Design, Engineering Optimization for Product Design & Manufacturing, and Advanced Computational & Statistical Methods for Engineering Design.