Predictive Science and Engineering Design

Program Type: Cluster and Certificate

The Predictive Science and Engineering Design (PSED) Cluster brings together dynamic faculty and graduate students conducting research in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives – including but not limited to: physical sciences, engineering, computer science and applied mathematics.

The program gives doctoral students training in core concepts of predictive science, verification & validation, and computational design of materials and products and the associated manufacturing processes, while guiding students to develop strong individual programs at the center of their interdisciplinary scholarship.  
This program is particularly useful for students who are willing to work on their doctoral research with faculty advisors from at least two different disciplines. The program will provide a mechanism to strengthen the links between faculty and graduate students from different departments and disciplines who share the common interest in PSED. It facilitates research collaborations in modeling, simulation, and design of emerging complex engineering systems.

See PSED Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

The cluster program organizes social events, seminar series, and annual research symposium with Northwestern faculty, students, and researchers from other institutions. Graduate students also coach interdisciplinary undergraduate project teams in upper-level design courses of the Segal Design Institute.

It is our intent that these efforts will directly aid students in becoming successful applicants for faculty, national laboratory, and industrial positions, and thereby become tomorrow’s leaders in our expanding and increasingly diverse technical community. Career development workshops will be organized with invited speakers from university, research labs, and industry.

Who Should Apply?

Doctoral candidates from any field are eligible to apply to join this intellectual “home” outside their department. Past participants have come from the following programs:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Engineering and Management Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Theoretical & Applied Mechanics

How to Apply

First-year students are invited to take part in the symposia, work groups, and colloquia offered by all of the clusters to see what may interest them later in their career. At the end of their first year, students will apply to a cluster.

Who to Contact

Please contact the program directors, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the PSED website for more information.

Wei Chen, Director
Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Greg Olson, Co-Director
Wilson-Cook Chaired Professor of Engineering Design
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Wing Kam Liu, Co-Director
Walter P. Murphy Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering