This fall, the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program welcomed Dr. Ruimin Chen as the newest full-time faculty member to join MEM.
Dr. Chen joined the Mechanical Engineering department as an Assistant Professor in Residence in August of 2022, primarily teaching courses for MEM. Prior to her hire, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut in the spring after she completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2021 and a dual M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University in 2018. She obtained her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Southeast University, China (2016).
Her research focuses on data analytics, statistical learning, system identification and uncertainty quantification, and modeling and analysis of complex systems. She is currently working on privacy and security, along with human-machine teaming in advanced manufacturing systems.
She was a natural and obvious choice for the MEM program with her comprehensive understanding of both Operations Research as well as Industrial
Engineering. She will be teaching Introduction to Manufacturing Systems (MEM 2211), Six Sigma Green Belt/Minitab (MEM 3295), and Statistical Quality Control and Reliability for Manufacturing (ENGR 3215).
Originally from Beijing, China, Dr. Chen enjoys painting, something she learned as a child in her home country. There she earned an amateur level 4 certificate in traditional Chinese painting. As a child she imagined she would grow up to be a painter, but has found some artistic enjoyment in her work making figures and posters for her research. She also enjoys all types of food and sweets but especially misses the Beijing duck made by a small restaurant near her grandfather’s apartment in Beijing.
She says she is happy to be in Connecticut with its variety in environments of both nature and city, and being so close to New York City and Boston. Her favorite place in Connecticut so far is an alpaca farm on the border of Rhode Island near Providence.