Bruce Ankenman

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ankenman [at] northwestern [dot] edu


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Biographical Sketch: Bruce E. Ankenman


Professional Preparation

Case Western Reserve University                   Electrical Engineering             B.S.     1984

University of Wisconsin-Madison                  Manufacturing Systems Eng.  M.S.    1990

University of Wisconsin-Madison                  Industrial Engineering            Ph.D.   1995


Northwestern University

            Associate Professor, 9/02-present

            Assistant Professor, 1/96-9/02

The Lubrizol Corporation, Wickliffe, OH

Research Statistician, Apr.-Dec. 1995

Therm-O-Disc, Inc., Mansfield, OH

Project Engineer, 1988-1989

Design Engineer, 1984-1988


Named to Northwestern’s Associated Student Government’s Faculty Honor Roll. 2007

Director of Undergraduate Programs, Segal Design Institute 2007-present

Director of the MEM program 2007-present

Director of the Manufacturing and Design Engineering degree program from 2002-2005 & 2007-present.

Editorial Board of Journal of Quality Technology (2009-present)

Associate Editor for Naval Research Logistics (2001-2009)

Department Editor (Experimental Design and Optimization) for IIE Transactions. (2005-2008)

Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton for 2004/2005.

McCormick School of Engineering Advisor of the Year - 2002

Quality Statistics and Reliability Section of INFORMS Officer: Council Member (2 years), Chair Elect (1 year), Chair (1 year).

Morris E. Fine Junior Professor of Materials and Manufacturing, 1996-1999.

Most Relevant Recent Publications

Ankenman B., Benjamin S., and Jacob P. (2008) “An innovative design program for engineering students,” Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 15, 145-145.

Ankenman, B., Colgate J. E., and McKenna A. (2004) IDEA, Implementing design throughout the curriculum at Northwestern, International Journal of Engineering Education, 20,405-411.

Hoyle, C., Chen, W., Ankenman, B., Wang, N. (2009), “Optimal Experimental Design of Human Appraisals for Modeling Consumer Preferences in Engineering Design”, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 131.


Five Other Recent Publications

Ankenman, B. E., Nelson B. L. and Staum, J. (2009) "Stochastic Kriging for Simulation Metamodeling," Operations Research, to appear.

Wan, H., Ankenman, B. E. and Nelson, B. L. (2006). “Controlled Sequential Bifurcation:A New Factor-Screening Method for Discrete-Event Simulation,” Operations Research, 54, 743-755.

Yang, F., Ankenman, B. E., and Nelson, B. L. (2008) “Estimating Cycle Time Percentile Curves for Manufacturing Systems via Simulation,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, 20, 628-643.

Wan, H. and Ankenman, B. E. (2007) “Two-Stage Controlled Fractional Factorial Screening for Simulation Experiments,” Journal of Quality Technology, 39, 126-139.

Yang, F., Ankenman, B. E., and Nelson, B. L. (2007) “Efficient Generation of Cycle Time-Throughput Curves through Simulation and Metamodeling,” Naval Research Logistics, 54, 78-93.

Synergistic Activities

Engineering Design and Communication

I direct the freshman design course at Northwestern where all freshmen engineering students participate in designing products to help people with disabilities to do everyday tasks like put on shoes, tie a pony tail, and participate in sports and recreational activities like water skiing and fishing.

Service to the Quality, Statistics and Operation Research Community

I have served as a founding council member, Chair Elect, and Chair for the Quality, Statistics, and Reliability Section of The Institute for Operation Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS).


E. Collaborators & Other Affiliations

(i) Collaborators. At Northwestern University: McKenna, Ann; Colgate, J. Edward; Shah, Surendra P.; Nelson, Barry L.; Tamhane, Ajit C. , Chen, Wei

(ii) Graduate Advisor. Doctoral advisor: Prof. Soren Bisgaard, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

(iii) Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor. Doctoral students: William R. McDaniel (Marriott Hotels); Aviles, A. Ivelisse (NIST); Ying Yang (Pfizer); Hong Wan (Purdue University); Feng Yang (West Virginia University); Dingxi Qiu, (University of Miami).