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Christopher McComb

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

213U Hammond Building

uum209@psu.edu

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Education

  • BS, Civil Engineering, California State University, Fresno, 2012
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno, 2012
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Mining Process Heuristics from Designer Action Data via Hidden Markov Models", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Data on the Configuration Design of Internet-Connected Home Cooling Systems by Engineering Students", Data in Brief, 14
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Optimizing Design Teams Based on Problem Properties: Computational Team Simulations and an Applied Empirical Test", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Caga and, Kenneth Kotovsky , 2017, "Data on the Configuration Design of Internet-Connected Home Cooling Systems by Engineering Students", Data In Brief
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Capturing Human Sequence-Learning Abilities in Configuration Design Tasks through Markov Chains", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Kosa Goucher-Lamber and Jonathan Cagan, 2017, "Impossible by design? Fairness, strategy, and Arrow’s impossibility theorem", Design Science
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Drawing Inspiration From Human Design Teams For Better Search And Optimization: The Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams Algorithm", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb and Fariborz M Tehrani, 2015, "Enhancement of Shear Transfer in Composite Deck with Mechanical Fasteners", Engineering Structures, 88, pp. 251–261
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Lifting the Veil: Drawing Insights about Design Teams from a Cognitively-inspired Computational Model", Design Studies, 40, pp. 119–142
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Rolling with the Punches: An Examination of Team Performance in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes", Design Studies, 36, pp. 99–121

Conference Proceedings

  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Eliciting Configuration Design Heuristics with Hidden Markov Models"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Validating a Tool for Predicting Problem-Specific Optimized Team Characteristics"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Linking Properties of Design Problem to Optimal Team Characteristics"
  • Christopher McComb, Nathan G Johnson and Brandon T Gorman, 2016, "Scenario-Based Robustness Analysis of Optimized I.D.E.-Style Treadle Pump Designs"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Utilizing Markov Chains to Understand Operation Sequencing in Design Tasks"
  • Christopher McComb, Kosa Goucher-Lambert and Jonathan Cagan, 2015, "Fairness and Manipulation: An Empirical Study of Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams: An Optimizing Search Algorithm Inspired by Engineering Design Teams"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Studying Human Design Teams via Computational Teams of Simulated Annealing Agents"
  • Christopher McComb, Pablo S. Santaeufemia, Nathan G. Johnson and Kenji Shimada, 2014, "Identifying Technical and Economic Improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip Pump through Multi-Objective Optimization"
  • Pablo S. Santaeufemia, Nathan Johnson, Christopher McComb and Kenji Shimada, 2014, "Improving Irrigation in Remote Areas: Multi-objective Optimization of a Treadle Pump"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2014, "Quantitative Comparison of High- and Low-Performing Teams in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes"
  • Christopher McComb and Fariborz M. Tehrani, 2014, "Research and Practice Group Methodology: A Case Study in Student Success"
  • Chris McComb, Michael Lawson and Yi-Hsiang Yu, 2013, "Combining Multi-body Dynamics and Potential Flow Simulation Methods to Model a Wave Energy Converter"

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - June 2018, "A Hybrid Computer Platform to Design, Guide and Partner with Humans in the Team Problem-solving Process - BASE," (Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
  •  2017 -  2017, "Rapid Evaluation and Synthesis of Engineering Systems," (Sponsor: NVIDIA Corporation).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Member, SEDTAPP Representative, College of Engineering Activity Insight (AI) Faculty Users Committeev, October 2017
  • Advisor, LionTech Rocket Labs, September 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • District DirectorTau Beta Pi, May 2013
 


 

About

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519