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Bruce AnkenmanBette and Neison Harris Professor of Teaching ExcellenceAdministration and Operations Lead, Segal Design Institute


As a design engineer in the automotive parts industry, Bruce Ankenman found that an engineer's job depends on the ability to efficiently collect and analyze data. Since many engineers have limited access to statistical methods, his research has centered around developing simple-to-use, yet statistically powerful tools for the design and analysis of both physical and simulation-based experiments.

At Segal, Ankenman directs education programs that focus on the full design process with special attention to meeting human needs with technology.

In 2016, Pam Daniels and I developed a course for Northwestern called Designing Your Life, a course for juniors and seniors inspired by the course of the same name at Stanford. The course is now offered 5-6 times per year and has drawn a very representative sample of students from across Northwestern. Sample student reactions include:

"This course has been transformative for me. I am so excited to see what happens with my life. I do not know what it will entail - what my jobs will be, who I will fall in love with, or where I will settle, and for once, I am okay with the ambiguity. What was once the cause of all my stress is now something that I am learning to appreciate."

"I truly believe the lessons I learned here will stick with me for the rest of my life and will have a bigger impact on my life than any other class I took at Northwestern."


PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

MS, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

BS, Electrical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Research Interests

Statistical design of industrial and simulation experiments; engineering design and development; quality improvement and quality control; applied statistical methods

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