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Janet Allen

Janet Allen

Professor, John and Mary Moore Chair

Contact Information

Office: CEC 116-G
Phone: (405) 550-3969
Email: janet.allen@ou.edu

Education

PhD University of California at Berkeley
S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography

Janet Allen came to the University of Oklahoma in August 2009 where she and Professor Farrokh Mistree are establishing the Systems Realization Laboratory with a focus on engineering design. She holds the John and Mary Moore Chair of Engineering and is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Before coming to OU, she retired from the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where she is Professor Emerita. 

The focus of Dr. Allen’s research is engineering design and especially the management of uncertainty. She and her students study/have studied energy systems, mechanical systems, materials, and design collaboration and education. Our group was among the first to suggest the use of modeling uncertainty in design, particularly in the early stages of design. We recognized the importance of statistical simulation and computer-based experimentation in design. We also were among the first to demonstrate the importance of using the design of experiments in exploring regions of design space in order to create surrogate models. This is a necessary step in moving away from the costly and time-consuming method of testing designs by building prototypes and replacing physical prototypes with computer-based experiments. Using surrogate models lead to the investigation of various aspects of robust design of many different systems, especially multilevel and multiscale problems.

Janet Allen and her students have published over 200 papers in journals, conference proceedings and edited books. She is a Fellow of ASME, an Honorary Member of Pi Tau Sigma, and is Associate Editor of The Journal of Mechanical Design (Transactions of ASME). Roughly one half of her doctoral students are in academia; the other half are in industry; as consultants, as entrepreneurs or in large companies. Her MS thesis students have done well for themselves in industry. Most are successful in large companies or the DOD. A few, after learning the ropes in industry for a few years, have started their own businesses.

Research Interests

Simulation based design of engineering systems
Managing uncertainty in design
Sustainability --especially in energy productio
Design pedagogy

Distinctions

  • John and Mary Moore Chair of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2009
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Senior Member, 2005
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Journal of Mechanical Design Associate Editor, 2006-2012
    • Fellow, 2005
  • Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society, Honorary Member, 2000

Memberships

  • The American Society for Engineering Education
  • INFORMS
  • The Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • The Society of Women Engineers