EVANSTON, Ill. --- Wei Chen, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, the premier society dedicated to advancing mobility engineering worldwide.
Chen, along with nine others, received the award during the SAE 2006 World Congress held in April. Established in 1965, the award recognizes outstanding engineering educators and offers them the opportunity to meet and exchange views with practicing engineers in their fields.
Chen's research focuses on developing rational design methods based on mathematical optimization techniques and statistical methods for use in complex design and manufacturing problems. Her current research includes robust design, decision-based design under uncertainty, response surface modeling, model validation and simulation-based multidisciplinary design.
Chen received the Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation and the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She is a member of SAE International, ASME, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Author of more than 50 referred journal papers, Chen is an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and an editorial board member for the Journal of Engineering Optimization and the Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.