Core Faculty

Wei Chen

Wei Chen

Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road

Tech A216

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 491-7019
weichen( at )


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

  • Best Paper Award, ASME 38th Design Automation Conference, 2012
  • 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

  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Review Editor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • o 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)

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.

Selected Publications

  • Chen, Wei; Liu, Wing Kam; Jiang, Zhen; Lee, Tae-Rin; Greene, M.Steven, “Quantifying uncertainties in the microvascular transport of nanoparticles”, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Steven Greene, M.; Liu, Yu; Dikin, Dmitriy A.; Liu, Wing Kam, “Computational microstructure characterization and reconstruction for stochastic multiscale material design”, CAD Computer Aided Design, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Tang, Shan; Liu, Wing Kam; Greene, M. Steven; Xu, Hongyi, “A generalized uncertainty propagation criterion from benchmark studies of microstructured material systems”, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Zhu, Ping; Pan, Feng; Viana, Felipe A.C., “Lightweight design of vehicle parameters under crashworthiness using conservative surrogates”, Computers in Industry, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Yannou, Bernard; Yvars, Pierre-Alain; Hoyle, Chris, “Set-based design by simulation of usage scenario coverage”, Journal of Engineering Design, (2013)
  • Arendt, Paul D.; Apley, Daniel W.; Chen, Wei, “Objective-oriented sequential sampling for simulation based robust design considering multiple sources of uncertainty”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Zhu, Ping; Pan, Feng; Li, Chen-Zhao, “Application of conservative surrogate to reliability based vehicle design for crashworthiness”, Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University (Science), (2013)
  • Chen, Wei; Zhu, Ping; Zhang, Si-Liang, “Robust expected violation criterion for constrained robust design problems and its application in automotive lightweight design”, Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University (Science), (2013)

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