Industrial Engineering

Faculty

Thomas C. Chen
Thomas C. Chen, Ph.D., P.E.
Adjunct Professor
Office Location: E221 Engineering Bldg 2
Phone: 713-743-4198   |   Fax: 713-743-4190
Email: tcchen [at] uh [dot] edu

Education: 

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1976
M.S., Industrial and System Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1971

Professional Experience: 

Registered Professional Engineer, Texas Board of Professional Engineers (1978 - Present).

Courses Taught: 

Manufacturing Processes
Computing for Engineers
Computing Applications in I.E.
Industrial Cost Systems

Research Interests: 

  • Supply Chain Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Project Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Information Technology Expertise

  • Java Technology: J2EE, J2SE, J2ME, EJB, RMI, Jini, Java Message Service (JMS), Servlet, JSP, JDBC, Java Embedded Server (JES), JavaScript
  • Application Server: BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, JBoss, JRun
  • Web Server: MS Internet Information System, Apache, Tomcat, Resin
  • Web Programming Tools: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Microsoft FrontPage
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE): MS C/C++, PowerBuilder, Sun Microsystems Forte, IBM VisualAge, Metroworks CodeWarrior
  • Database Systems: Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Open ODB, UniSQL, Ingress, MS SQL Server, mySQL, SAP R/3, Dbase V, FoxPro
  • Network Protocols: Oracle SQL*Net, TCP/IP, RPC, HTTP, PPP, Socket
  • Wireless Communication Protocols: CDPD, CDMA, GSM, SMS, GPRS, WML/WAP, Bluetooth,GPS, Obcomm Satellite Network
  • Wireless Communication Tools: Nokia WAP Gateway, Phone.com WAP Gateway, Sun Microsystems Wireless Tool Kit and J2ME (KVM, CLDC, MIDP)    
  • Other Languages: HTML, XML, Perl, Cold Fusion, C/C++, Visual Basic, Cobol, Fortran (77, 90), PL/I, Ada, Smalltalk, MATHLAB, Arena Simulation Tool, SIMSCRIPT II.5 Simulation Software
  • Enterprise Resource Planning: SAP ABAP/4, SAP FICO, SAP MM, SAP ITS
  • Operating Systems: Unix, Solaris, MVS, VAX/VMS, MacOS, Palm OS, Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP, CE)

Current Research Projects: 

(Sponsored) UH-Academy Project: Development of Inventory Replenishment Schedule, and Transportation Synchronization Decision-Making Tools for Distribution Center and Retail Stores

(Unsponsored) eBusiness-based Supply Chain Information Exchange System

Selected Publications

  • Wireless Communications Network, Technology and Applications, Tjing Ling Institute of Industrial Research and Automation, Taipei, Taiwan, March

    , 1998.
  • Artificial Intelligent and Expert System, Institute of Information Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, August

    , 1992.
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence to an Off-Line Instruction System, Volume I, NASA/JSC Contract F19628-86-C-001 T-3589M, MITRE Report, Houston, Texas, September

    , 1986.
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence to an Off-Line Instruction System, Volume II, NASA/JSC Contract F19628-86-C-001 T-3589M, MITRE Report, Houston, Texas, September

    , 1986.
  • Modular System Analysis And Design For Utility Simulation Of Constant Speed, Discretely Spaced, Recirculating Conveyor Systems, Palmer Terrell and Thomas Chen, National Science Foundation Grant GK-43583

    , 1977.
  • Optimal Routing of Large Scale Marine Seismic Mapping Operations, Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

    , 1976.

Recent Presentations

  • "eBusiness Solution for Supply Chain Management", IIE Houston Charter Monthly Meeting, Houston, Texas, September

    , 2002.
  • "Internet Enabled Manufacturing Control System", Applied Manufacturing Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April

    , 2002.

Patents

  • "Method for Configurable Intelligent-Agent-Based Wireless Communication System", Taiwan Patent: 88117547 , 06/16/2001

    .
  • "Reconfigurable Parallel-DSP-Based Digital Radio Modem", Taiwan Patent: 88117546, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY , 05/28/2001

    .
  • "Method for Configurable Intelligent-Agent-Based Wireless Communication System", US Patent: 6,076,099, 06/13/2000

    .