Chih-Hang (John) Wu | Professor

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Gisela and Warren Kennedy - Carl and Mary Ice Cornerstone Teaching Scholar

Ph.D. - 1993, The Pennsylvania State University
Operations Research
M.S. - 1990, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. - 1984, Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Contact information

2067 Rathbone Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

Dr. Chih-Hang (John) Wu is a professor of industrial engineering at K-State. Before coming to K-State, Wu earned a doctorate in operations research from The Pennsylvania State University in 1993. His industrial experience includes working for several electronics assembly companies, managing positions for several startups technology development companies in the U.S. and Asia, and consulting for the information technology industry around the world. Wu is also currently the co-director of the Health Care Operations Resource Center and the Non-Contact Precision Measurement Laboratory at Kansas State University.

Wu has been teaching more than 20 undergraduate and graduate courses, including Industrial Simulation, Manufacturing Information Systems, Introduction to Operations Research 1 & 2, Stochastic Calculus and Financial Engineering, Logistics Engineering, Linear Programming, Networks and Graph Theory, Integer Programming, Nonlinear Programming, Scheduling Theory, etc.


In his research, Wu focuses on precision measurement instrumentation and mathematical modeling of biological systems. He employs various techniques such as systems dynamics, agent-based modeling, and mathematical optimization to model infectious disease and biological systems. He has modeled biological phenomena such as biological mechanisms over acute inflammatory responses and severe sepsis and various human and animal infectious disease epidemic systems. In addition, Wu is conducting research in the areas of nonlinear chaos, soliton waves stochastic optimal controls, and spatial game theory, analyzing the impacts of information dissemination, human behavior switching toward the disease epidemics.

His research focuses mainly on application systems design and modeling in precision measurement resulted in one patent in 2014. In recent years, Wu has focused on applications in precision measurement sensor developments and Modeling of Infectious Disease & Human Body Immune Systems.

His research has resulted in many funded research projects (35+) from Federal, state, and University levels. Total more than 6 million dollars of research funds Wu has been/are involved with over the past 20 years from NSF, US Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Transportation, Hospitals and Healthcare agencies around Kansas, and Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University.

Academic highlights

Wu authored and co-authored more than 56 refereed journal publications, four book chapters, and more than 75 refereed conference proceedings. Wu’s publications resulted in more than 1600 citations and H-Index of 21 according to Google Scholar. In addition to his publications, Wu won several outstanding teaching awards and many of his doctorate and master's students have won scholarships and fellowships.

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