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Shun Takai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department

Technology

Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Design Division, Stanford University (June 2005)
    Dissertation Title: "Performance vs. Cost Analysis: A Structured Methodology for Quantitative Design Concept Selection"
  • M.A. in Economics (June 2005), M.S. in Statistics (January 2004), M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (June 1998), Stanford University
  • Finite Element Analysis Coursework, MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Study (1991-92)
  • B.E. in Engineering Science, Kyoto University, (March 1988)

Research Interests

  • Product design and development – customer need analysis, lifecycle engineering, lifecycle assessment, design for X, quality function deployment
  • Design theory and methodology – game-theoretic methodology for collaborative design, design decision making methodology under uncertainty, design concept selection methodology, case-based reasoning methodology for cost estimation
  • Alternative-fuel vehicle design – analysis of impacts of public policy and gasoline price on design of battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles, vehicle demand, and CO2 emissions in the transportation sector

Patent

Japanese Patent: A-H09-239451 "Bending Device of Metal Tube and U Tube Cold Bending Method"

Selected Projects

  • Analysis of impacts of public policy and gasoline price on the design of fuel-cell electric vehicle, vehicle demand and CO2 emissions in the transportation sector, Intelligent Systems Center, Missouri S&T.
  • Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI), Missouri S&T, “Development, Assessment, and Implementation of Metrics to Improve Innovative Thinking through Project-Based Design Courses"
  • University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB), “Estimating the Cost of a New Product in the Conceptual Design Stage”

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2001-present
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2005-2007

Journal Papers (Refereed, published and accepted)

  • Takai, S., and Kalapurackal, R. M., 2012, “Sensitivity Analysis of Relative Worth in Quality Function Deployment Matrices,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 20 (3), pp. 195-202.
  • Takai, S., Yang, T. G., and Cafeo, J. A., 2011, “A Bayesian Method for Predicting Future Customer Need Distributions,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 19 (3), pp. 255-264.
  • Takai, S., Jikar, V. K., and Ragsdell, K. M., 2011, “An Approach toward Integrating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Product Concept and Design Selection,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 133 (7), 071007 (10 pages).
  • Takai, S., 2011, “A Pre-Post Assessment of Creativity Methods in an Experimental Course,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 27 (2), pp. 380-388.
  • Takai, S., 2010, “A Use of a Mathematical Model in Updating Concept Selection,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 132 (10), 101009 (10 pages).
  • Takai, S., 2010, “A Game-Theoretic Model of Collaboration in Engineering Design,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 132 (5), 051005 (10 pages).
  • Takai, S., 2010, “A Lifecycle-Cost Model for Set-Based Concept Testing,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 18 (2), pp. 121-127.
  • Takai, S., and Ishii, K., 2010, “A Use of Subjective Clustering to Support Affinity Diagram Results in Customer Needs Analysis,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 18 (2), pp. 101-109.
  • Takai, S., and Ishii, K., 2010, “The Maximum Resource Allocation for Uncertainty Reduction in a Decision-Analytic Concept Selection,” Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 18 (1), pp. 19-29.

Conference Proceedings (Refereed)

  • Razu, S. S., and Takai, S., 2012, “An Approach to Study Impact of Public Policy, Exogenous Variables, and Vehicle Design on Greenhouse Gas Emission,” Proceedings of 2012 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Chicago, IL. DETC2012-70414.
  • Takai, S., Midha, A., and Esterman, M., 2012, “An Approach toward Developing Metrics to Predict Final Product Performance in Project-Based Design Class,” Proceedings of 2012 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Chicago, IL. DETC2012-70415.
  • Takai, S., Razu, S. S., and Yang, G. T., 2011, “An Approach toward Making a Design Decision Based on Future Demand Prediction,” Proceedings of 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC. DETC2011-47493.
  • Razu, S. S., and Takai, S., 2011, “Reliability and Accuracy of Bootstrap and Monte Carlo Methods for Demand Distribution Modeling,” Proceedings of 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC. DETC2011-47496.
  • Takai, S., 2011, “Impacts of Team Characteristics and Design Activities on Design Outcomes,” Proceedings of 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC. DETC2011-47498.
  • Banga, K., and Takai, S., 2011, “Effects of Design Parameters in Cost Estimation and Cost Uncertainty Modeling,” Proceedings of 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC. DETC2011-47886.
  • Takai, S., Yang, G. T., and Cafeo, A., J., 2010, “A Bayesian Framework for Predicting Customer Need Distributions,” Proceedings of 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada. DETC2010-28230.
  • Razu, S. S., and Takai, S., 2010, “An Approach toward Modeling Customer Preference Uncertainty by Applying Bootstrap to Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis Data,” Proceedings of 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada. DETC2010-28231.
  • Banga, K., and Takai, S., 2010, “A Comparison of Case Based Reasoning and Regression Analysis Approaches for Cost Uncertainty Modeling,” Proceedings of 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada. DETC2010-28232.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, NIU (2012-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology (2009-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology (2005-2009)
  • Research Assistant, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1998-2003)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (1998)
  • Senior Engineer and Assistant Manager, Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., Japan (1988-1999)

Shun Takai

Contact

815-753-0185
stakai@niu.edu
SG 300

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