Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
BIO: Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and Chair of Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Directing the Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL), her current research involves issues such as simulation-based design under uncertainty; model validation and uncertainty quantification; data science in design and advanced manufacturing; stochastic multiscale analysis and materials design; design of metamaterials; multidisciplinary design optimization; consumer choice modeling and decision-based design. Dr. Chen is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and currently serving as the Editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the President of the International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Design (ISSMO). In the past, she served as the Chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division (DED). Dr. Chen is the recipient of the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2021), ASME Design Automation Award (2015), Intelligent Optimal Design Prize (2005), ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award (1998), and the NSF Faculty Career Award (1996). She received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.