F. Frank Chen, Ph.D.

Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Advanced Manufacturing, Professor, SME Fellow and IISE Fellow, Mechanical Engineering

F. Frank Chen, Ph.D.


  • Lean Manufacturing and Enterprise Systems
  • Lean Product and Process Development
  • Sustainable Manufacturing and Enterprise Systems
  • Facility Planning and Material Handling
  • Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Engineering Data and Economic Analysis

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing Cybersecurity
  • Design and Analysis of Advanced (Flexible) Manufacturing Systems
  • Intelligent Scheduling and Shop Floor Control
  • Manufacturing Cell Design and Cell Control
  • Neural Network Applications in Manufacturing
  • Enterprise Modeling and Process Re-engineering
  • Supply Chain Management and Integration


  • Ph.D. & MS, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BS, Tunghai University (Taiwan)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials