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Dr. Tsewei Wang

Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., MIT: Bioinformatics; organization and search in large databases; data mining, process molding and control.
M.Sc., UTK: Controller Design for Bioreactors with Model Uncertainty

Brief Bio

Dr. Tsewei Wang earned her Ph.D. at MIT in the field of Biophysics; she later earned a M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, concentrating in application of modern control design methodologies to chemical and bio-technical processes, such as fermentation reactors.  During the last ten years, Dr. Wang’s interest has shifted to 1) data mining, process monitoring and fault detection using multivariate statistical methods; and 2) bioinformatics especially in the field of DNA forensics, where DNA is used for human identification.  She routinely teaches an introductory graduate applied linear algebra course (http// which is cross-listed in 5 engineering departments. 

Research Areas

» Process Monitoring and Fault Detection Using Multivariate Statistical Approaches
» Bioinformatics of DNA Forensics;
» Designing Large Databases for Efficient Searching Purposes

Selected Awards and Honors

2008 University of Tennessee College of Engineering Teaching Fellow Award
2008 & 2005 University of Tennessee Department of Chemical Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award
1998 University of Tennessee Chancellor Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award

Professional Activities

AIChE member
Sigma Xi Member

Selected Publications

Wang, T. W., D. Stansberry, J. Birdwell, "Application of Pedigree Likelihood Ratio in Searching for Missing Persons," submitted Forensic Science International, in revision. 

Wang, T. W., J. D. Birdwell, and R. Chakraborty, "Further Remarks on Paternity Analysis in Special Fatherless Cases Without Direct Testing of Alleged Father (FSI 146S(2004) s159-S161, and Remarks on it (FSI 163 (2006), 158-160)" , Forensic Science International, 163, 2007, 6-8.  
Wang, T. W., Xue, Ning, Birdwell, J. D. "Least Square Deconvolution:  A Framework to Resolve Mixture STR/DNA,"   Journal of Forensic Science, 51(6), November, 2006, p1284-1297.
Birdwell, J. D., J. Chiasson, Z. Tang, C. T. Abdallah, M. Hayat, T. Wang, "Dynamic Time Delay Models for Load Balancing Part I: Deterministic Models," in Silviu-Iulian Niculescu and Keqin Gu (eds.), "Advances in Time-Delay Systems", Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, Vol. 38.Springer Verlag, 2004, pp. 355-370.

Qi, H., T. Wang, and D. Birdwell, "Global principal component analysis for dimensionality reduction in distributed data mining," Chapter 19, Statistical Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (H. Bozdogan, ed.), CRC Press, 2003.

Selected Patents

Birdwell, J. Douglas, Tse-Wei Wang, Roger D. Horn, Puneet Yadav, David J. Icove, Method of indexed storage and retrieval of multidimensional information. U. S. Patent 6,741,983, May 25, 2004.
Wang, Tse-Wei, Ning Xue, John D. Birdwell, Mark Rader, and John Flaherty,  Least-Square
Deconvolution (LSD): A Method to Resolve DNA Mixtures. U. S. Patent 7162372, issued Jan 12, 2007.   
Birdwell, J. D., Tsewei Wang, and Roger D. Horn. Method of Partitioning Data Records. U. S. Patent 7272612, issued, Sept. 18, 2007.


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Contact Dr. Wang

431 Dougherty Engineering Bldg.
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Tel: (865) 974-6769; fax:  (865)974-7076;  or
Laboratory for Information Technologies:  Tel: (865)-974-5563


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