Professor of Mechanical Engineering
CoE Associate Dean for Research

116 Covell Hall



PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998
MS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995
BS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Research Interests

Dr. Irem Tumer's research focuses on providing systematic and mathematical methods to design, model, and analyze highly complex and integrated systems. Current areas of interest include risk-based and model-based design, system analysis and optimization, computational design, collaborative design, systems engineering, and reliability engineering as applied to the design of large scale complex engineered systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, nuclear power plants, power grid, etc.


Irem Tumer is a professor at Oregon State University, where she leads the Complex Engineered System Design group within the Design Engineering Labs.

She is an expert in system-level design and analysis for software-intensive engineered systems, focusing on the development of model-based design and risk-based design methodologies for  use in the  early stages of  the complex system design process.

Her extensive experience at NASA and in the Engineering Design community has led to over 100 publications. She has been extensively funded through various NASA programs while leading the Complex Systems Design group during her time at NASA Ames Research Center between 1998 and 2006.

Since moving to Oregon State University in 2006, her funding has largely been through NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, and NASA. Prior to accepting a faculty position at OSU, Prof. Tumer led the Complex  Systems Design and Engineering group in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, where she worked from 1998 through 2006 as Research Scientist, Group Lead, and Program Manager.

Prof. Tumer has been conference chair for ASME’s Design for Manufacturing and the Lifecycle conference in 2000, program chair for IEEE Reliability Society’s Prognostics and Health Management Conference in 2008, and program chair (2011) and conference chair (2012) for ASME’s International Design Theory and Methodology Conference; and is current associate editor for ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management, and guest editor for AIEDAM Journal.

She is an ASME Fellow, and a member of SWE and ASEE.