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Shi-Jie (Gary) Chen, Ph.D.


Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)

Research Interests

  • Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Concurrent Engineering and Management
  • Project Team Management
  • Production Systems

Work Experience

  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Northern Illinois University (2007-present)
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State University (2001-2007)
  • Department of Industrial Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan (2000-2001)
  • Department of Industrial Management, Huafan University, Taiwan (1999-2000)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Gold Award, IIE Chapter Recognition, Faculty Advisor at Northern Illinois University (2014 and 2017)
  • Fourth Place, Alpha Pi Mu Outstanding Chapter Competition, Faculty Advisor at Northern Illinois University (2013)
  • Faculty Advisor of IIE Student Chapter, Northern Illinois University (2013- present)
  • Faculty Advisor of Alpha Pi Mu Chapter, Northern Illinois University (2007-2011, 2012-2013)
  • Innovative Instruction Award, Midwest Decision Sciences Institute (2009)
  • Best Paper Award, Midwest Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting (2009)
  • IE Outstanding Instructor Award, voted by IE students, COE, MSU-Bozeman (2005)
  • Most Enthusiastic Professor, recognized by the Alpha Pi Mu student members, MSU-Bozeman (2005)
  • IE Outstanding Research Award, COE, MSU-Bozeman (2003, 2005)
  • Bronze Award, IIE Chapter Recognition, Faculty Advisor, MSU-Bozeman (2005, 2006)
  • Faculty Advisor of IIE Student Chapter, MSU-Bozeman (2001-2007)
  • National Science Council (NSC) Research Award, Taiwan (1999, 2000)
  • Who’s Who in American Education (2006, 2007); Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2005, 2006, 2007); Who’s Who in America (2005, 2006, 2013); Who’s Who in the World (2005, 2006, 2012); Who's Who in Engineering Higher Education (2012)
  • Member, Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society (since 1998)
  • Member, the Institute of Industrial Engineers

Selected Publications

  • Gebicki, M., Mooney, E., Chen, S.-J. and Mazur, L., “Evaluation of Hospital Medication Inventory Policies,” Health Care Management Science, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 215-229, 2014.
  • Chen, S.-J., Mazur, L. and Sąsiadek, M., “Project Task Flow Optimization and Departmental Flow Analysis Using Design Structure Matrix and Genetic Algorithm,” International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 68-92, 2013.
  • Mazur, L., McCreery, J. and Chen, S.-J., “Quality Improvement in Hospitals: Identifying and Understanding Behaviors,” Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 621-648, 2012.
  • Banafsheh, B., Moraga, R. and Chen, S.-J., “Modelling Healthcare Internal Service Supply Chains for the Analysis of Medication Delivery Errors and Amplification Effects,” Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 554-576, 2011.
  • McFadden, K.L., Chen, S.-J., Munroe, D.J., Naftzger, J.R. and Selinger, E.M. “Creating an Innovative Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program,” Innovative Higher Education, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 161-176, 2011.
  • Mazur, L. and Chen, S.-J., “A Task-Member Assignment Model for Complex Engineering Projects,” International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-25, 2011.
  • Mazur, L. and Chen, S.-J., “Evaluation of Industrial Engineering Students’ Competencies for Process Improvement in Hospitals,” Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 603-628, 2010.
  • Mazur, L. and Chen, S.-J., “An Empirical Study for Medication Delivery Improvement Based on Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Medication Delivery System,” Health Care Management Science, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 56-66, 2009.
  • Mazur, L., Chen, S.-J. and Prescott B., “Pragmatic Evaluation of the Toyota Production System (TPS) Analysis Procedure for Problem Solving with Entry-level Nurses,” Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 240-268, 2008.
  • Mazur, L. and Chen, S.-J., “Understanding and Reducing the Medication Delivery Waste via Systems Mapping and Analysis,” Health Care Management Science, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 55-65, 2008.
  • Chen, S.-J. and Huang, E. “A Systematic Approach for Supply Chain Improvement Using Design Structure Matrix,” Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 285-299, 2007.
  • Huang, E. and Chen, S.-J., “Estimation of Project Completion Time and Factors Analysis for Concurrent Engineering Project Management: A Simulation Approach,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 329-341, 2006.
  • Chen, S.-J., “An Integrated Methodological Framework for Project Tasks Coordination and Team Organization in Concurrent Engineering,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 185-197, 2005.
  • Chen, S.-J. and Lin, L., "Modeling Team Member Characteristics for the Formation of a Multifunctional Team in Concurrent Engineering," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 111-124, 2004.
  • Su, C.-Y., Chen, S.-J. and Lin, L., "A Structured Approach to Measuring Functional Dependency and Sequencing of Coupled Tasks in Engineering Design," Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 195-214, 2003.
  • Chen, S.-J. and Lin, L., "Decomposition of Interdependent Task Group for Concurrent Engineering," Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 435-459, 2003.
  • Chen, S.-J. and Lin, L., "A Project Task Coordination Model for Team Organization in Concurrent Engineering," Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 187-203, 2002.
  • Chen, S.-J., Chen, L.-C. and Li Lin, "Knowledge-based Support for Simulation Analysis of Manufacturing Cells," Computers in Industry, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 33-49, 2001.
  • Chen, S.-J. and Lin, L., "Reducing Total Tardiness Cost in Manufacturing Cell Scheduling by a Multi-factor Priority Rule," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 37, No. 13, pp. 2939-2956, 1999.
  • Chen, K.-H., Chen, S.-J., Lin, L. and Changchien, S.-W., "An Integrated Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Concurrent Engineering Design of Mechanical Parts," Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 11, No. 1-2, pp. 91-112, 1998.

Research Projects

  • Aurora Building B/G 2016 Powertrain Assembly Lean Manufacturing Project, funded by Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Optimizing the Paint Shop Flow, funded by Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
  • Lean Process Improvement at CGH Medical Center, funded by CGH Medical Center

    Dr. Chen’s research in healthcare systems focuses on operations efficiency and patient safety in the hospital setting. He has been working on research projects with hospitals such as Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, KishHealth System, Glenbrook Hospital, Morrison Community Hospital, FHN, Central DuPage Hospital, and CGH Medical Center.

Shi-Jie (Gary) Chen


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