Dr. Joseph Chen

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology

Since earning his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from Auburn University, Dr. Joseph C. Chen has authored or co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He also has given more than 60 presentations in the United Stated and internationally, including in Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Turkey. Dr. Chen has obtained significant funding (over 2.6 million) from competitive sources to support his research and teaching.

He has three major areas of research: (1) adaptive control systems for automated machines; (2) Six Sigma based optimization systems manufacturing or service processes; and (3) curriculum development to enhance the education of lean manufacturing system design and methodologies.

With more than six years of industrial experience, Dr. Chen is able to develop curriculum to prepare students to meet relevant industrial needs. He teaches courses in the areas of design for manufacturability, lean manufacturing methodologies, facilities planning, integrated supply chain management, Taguchi parameter design and Six Sigma. His vision for teaching manufacturing involves developing a virtual factory to help students understand these concepts.

He is the recipient of the Superior Engineering Teaching Award (2009) and Outstanding Professor in ABE (2007), both at Iowa State University; Best Paper Award, Manufacturing Division, American Society of Engineering Education (2008); and Year of Merit, Society of Manufacturing Engineering (2007). He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Manufacturing Engineering) with the state of Iowa.

In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Chen serves as chairman of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology.