Faculty Research

The University of Iowa Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty

Our faculty members are at the forefront of many research fields, including human factors, additive manufacturing, wind energy, and information systems. For a brief description of each faculty member's interests, please see below.


Yong ChenDr. Chen's primary research interests are in the area of industrial, health care, and financial data analytics. His current research work includes monitoring, diagnosis, and prognosis in engineering systems, high dimensional time series modeling and monitoring, and data-driven models of nurse fatigue patterns and nursing home mealtime behaviors.


Andrew KusiakDr. Kusiak researches applications of data science and evolutionary computation in smart manufacturing, service industry, energy, and innovation. His current projects include modeling resilient manufacturing systems, manufacturing-as-a-service, study of open and extreme systems, and design of cloud applications. Dr. Kusiak heads the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Iowa.


Daniel McGehee: Dr. McGehee is Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator Laboratories. His research interests include driver attention and response, crash avoidance, automation, and traumatology. His research integrates engineering, medicine, public health, and public policy.


David Nembhard: Dr. Nembhard's research, at the intersection of human factors, future work at the human-technology frontier, human-in-the-loop systems and simulations, and productivity and performance of systems considering individual human differences in behavior. Correspondingly, research contributions are in multiple fields including human factors, systems optimization, risk assessment, human performance, and data analytics.


Priyadarshini Pennathur: Dr. Pennathur researches healthcare IT, aging, cognitive engineering, and information systems. Her current research includes an investigation into healthcare strategies for dealing with hospital readmissions and the application of human factors science for preventing the transmission of pathogens.


Thomas Schnell: Dr. Schnell’s primary research interests include research flight test, flight physiology, flight simulation, and neural markers of workload. Recent investigations include flight safety and training efficacy of live-virtual constructive training exercises and the development of a synthetic vision system now used in thousands of aircraft cockpits. He is the Director of the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) and the Associate Director of the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) at the University of Iowa. He also holds the Captain Jim “MAX” Gross Chair in Engineering.


Xuan SongDr. Song’s research focuses on additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing. His current research interests include next-generation AM technology for ceramics and composites, AM process modeling and quality control, including game-changing technologies for energetic materials, sensing and actuation, tissue engineering, and robotics. He directs the Additive Manufacturing-Integrated Product Realization Laboratory (AMPRL) at the University of Iowa. His recent research includes collaboration with scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to develop novel additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) approaches to fabricate complex ceramic components with high strength and extreme heat resistance.


Geb Thomas: Dr. Thomas’ primary research interests include orthopedic surgical simulation, distributed wireless sensor networks, and robot-human interaction. His current research includes the construction and deployment of an inexpensive monitoring network to investigate factory worker safety and continued research into several surgical simulators for the training and assessment of orthopedic surgical skill. He currently heads the Graphical Representation of Knowledge (GROK) Laboratory at the University of Iowa.


Chao Wang: Dr.  Wang's research interests include transfer/multitask learning for information fusion, high dimensional data modeling and analytics. His works mainly focus on developing and applying data analytics tools to facilitate the transition from 'Data Rich' to 'Information Rich' in the smart and connected systems. He directs the Laboratory for IoT enabled Data Analytics and System Informatics at the University of Iowa.