Conrad S. Tucker

Dr. Conrad Tucker is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Design Technology And Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. He also holds an Affiliate Faculty position in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at Penn State. Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory and his research interests are in formalizing system design processes under the paradigm of knowledge discovery, optimization, data mining, and informatics. He is interested in product portfolio/family design, sustainable system design optimization in the areas of energy generation systems, consumer electronics, environment, healthcare and national security (Read more).

Current Graduate Students


Research Focus

Degree Sought


Christian Lopez Bencosme Gamification in Engineering Design Ph.D. Industrial Engineering
Matthew Dering
Machine Learning/Computer Vision
Computer Science and Engineering
Kevin Lesniak Virtual Design/Machine Learning Ph.D. Industrial Engineering

Sunghoon Lim

Text Mining/Product Design Ph.D. Industrial Engineering

Affiliate Graduate Students


Research Focus

Degree Sought


Yi Dong Machine Learning/Product Design M.S. Industrial Engineering
Michael Kupinski Social Network Modeling M.S. Industrial Engineering

Undergraduate Students


Research Focus

Degree Sought


Haojun Sui Machine Learning/Product Design B.S. Honors Computer Science and Engineering
Victoria Zhao Virtual Design B.S. Mechanical Engineering



Research Focus

Degree Attained


Shruthi Bezawada Machine Learning/Affective Design M.S. in Industrial Engineering N/A

Ajay Bharathi

Virtual Reality/Gamification M.S. in Industrial Engineering Dell

Brandon Daveler

3D Modeling, Exoskeleton Design

B.S. (Schreyers Honors College) in Engineering Science

Graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Bryan Dickens

MOOCs, Text Mining, Virtual Reality

B.S. (Schreyers Honors College) in Computer Science and Engineering

DeRauk Gibble
 Computer Vision/Kinect
B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering

Yixiang Han

Data Mining, Systems Emergence

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Discover Financial Inc.

Suja John

Product Life Cycle Optimization, Data Mining

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Data Scientist

Sungwoo Kang Product Design/Text Mining Ph.D. Industrial Engineering N/A

Gautam Manohar

Machine Learning, Computer Vision

M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering


Chinmay Sane

Product Life Cycle Optimization, Data Mining

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Sandisk Inc.

Abhinav Singh Product Design M.S. Industrial Engineering N/A

Suppawong Tuarob

Document Information Extraction, Text Mining

Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering;  M.S. in Industrial Engineering
Mahidol University

Nitish Vasudevan

3D Modeling, Product Lifecycle Optimization, Data Mining

M.S. in Industrial Engineering

Bloom Energy


Assistant Professor : Engineering Design and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University                                                                                                                                     08/2011

Graduate Institution
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Major:          Ph.DSystems Engineering                                                                                                                             05/2011
Major           MBA:Business Administration                                                                                                                        05/2009
Major:          M.S  Systems Engineering                                                                                                                             05/2007

Undergraduate Institution
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Major:          B.SMechanical Engineering                                                                                                                            05/2004
Minor:                Economics

Sandia Graduate Fellow: LDRD Program
The William A. Chittenden Award : IESE Department at UIUC
UIUC Cozad Business Plan Competition:CentriOpt Inc.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Henry Ford II Scholar Award
Gates Millennium Scholar
Milliken and Company Leadership Orientation Program Award
Enterprise Systems Optimizations Laboratory, Champaign, IL
Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                                                                            2005-2011
• Investigate Data Mining approaches to solving large-scale engineering design problems
• Expansion of Analytical Target Cascading (ATC) to include component sharing decisions
• Multistage Engineering Design Optimization

Sandia National Laboratories- System Readiness and Sustainment  : Albuquerque, NM
Graduate Professional Intern                                                                                                                                             05-08/2009
• Research on Future Combat Systems (FCS) using Systems of Systems Analysis Toolset (SoSAT)
• Department of Energy Level L Clearance:                                                                                                                           07/2009

Intel Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, Champaign Il
Intel Graduate Mentor                                                                                                                                                          2006-2009
• Responsible for overseeing year-long research project for 2 undergraduate engineering students
• Researching fuel cell technology to develop a Matlab® Simulink® model
• Exploring Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) as an engineering design guide
• Development of an online data search and extraction algorithm

CyberInfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students (CIEG) U.C San Diego
Graduate Research Student (NSF CMMI 0726934)                                                                                                             06-09/2008
• Acquisition of real life data that integrates data mining in product family design optimization
• Showcase the efficiency gain in multilevel product design utilizing Parallel and Distributed computing
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes: Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
National Science Foundation Research Fellow (NSF-06-602)                                                                                               06-08/2007
• Data Mining in the context of product development by incorporating real time data to knowledge analysis
• Series of technical visits to Japanese electronics companies researching product architecture design
Milliken and Company, Lagrange, GA
Product/Process Improvement Engineer                                                                                                                           06/2004 - 07/2005
• Increased the functionality and productivity of 100 ft long manufacturing range
• Management responsibilities for 25 associates operating on the range
• Involved in new product development and initialization process

Milliken and Company, Lagrange, GA
Summer Challenge Engineering Intern                                                                                                                               Summer/2003
• Researched blueprint of 150-ton machine to determine capabilities of assigned workers
• Introduced a more efficient Continuous Skills Development (CSD) process that decreased
associate inefficiency, resulting in an 18% reduction in off-quality

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
Student Engineering Counselor                                                                                                                                                Summer/2001-02
• Oversaw Mechanical Engineering projects of 10 students
• Part of team that planned daily activities for 106 summer engineering students
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Student Laboratory Assistant                                                                                                                                                 04-06/2000
• Conducted analysis of different compounds using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
• Analyzed charts from Oscilloscope and reported results
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• English – speak fluently and read/write with high proficiency
• French – speak with basic competence