Wei Chen, professor of mechanical engineering, established the Integrated Design Automation Laboratory (IDEAL), a research program that develops rational design methods based on mathematical optimization techniques and statistical methods for use in complex design and manufacturing problems. Her current research involves issues such as robust design, reliability engineering, simulation-based design, model validation, multidisciplinary optimization, and enterprise-driven decision-based design. 

Chen is the co-founder and now serves as the director of the interdisciplinary doctoral cluster in Predictive Science and Engineering Design (PS&ED), a program aiming for integrating scientific, physics-based modeling, and simulation into design of innovative “engineered” systems. Related to human-centered design, her research team has been developing analytical methods for integrating consumer preference modeling into product design. 

Chen serves as an executive committee member of the ASME Design Engineering Division and is an elected advisory board member of the Design Society, a worldwide design community.


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Research Interests

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

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