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Email: cdrahn@engr.psu.edu
Faculty page: MNE Faculty Profile

Christopher D. Rahn
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Christopher D. Rahn received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985 and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He worked for three years as a Research and Development Engineer in spacecraft attitude dynamics and control at Ford Aerospace in Palo Alto, CA. He then returned to Berkeley, receiving a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1992. Dr. Rahn was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University from 1992 to 2000 where he co-directed the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory and focused his research on the development and experimental validation of control systems for distributed vibration and noise and nonlinear models of high-speed textile manufacturing processes. In 2000, Dr. Rahn joined The Pennsylvania State University where he is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory, and co-director of the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center. His research in the modeling, analysis, design, and control of mechatronic systems has been supported by ONR, AFOSR, Army, DARPA, NSF, DOE, NIH, ARPA-E and industry and garnered the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award, the PSES Outstanding Research Award, an ASME Best Paper Award, and the PSEAS Premier Research Award. He has published two books, over two hundred refereed publications, and several patents. A Fellow of ASME, Dr. Rahn has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, chaired the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound, and served on the Executive Committee of the ASME Design Engineering Division. Dr. Rahn has also been a technical consultant and expert witness on several patent cases.

Xiaokun Ma, Ph.D. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Tsinghua University, '12

Project: Designing Optimized Mechanical Structures for Body-Based Piezoelectric Harvesting

Email: xum104@psu.edu

Shawn Treacy, Ph.D. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Kettering University, '11

Project: Flutter Stability of Rotors with Fluidic Pitch Links

Email: smt249@psu.edu

Matthew Krott, Ph.D. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University, '13

Project: Passive Helicopter Vibration Control Using F2MC Tubes

Email: krott@psu.edu

Mayank Garg, Ph.D. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
IIT Kharagpur, '10

Project: Model-Based Lithium Ion Battery Management, Control, Estimation, and Aging

Email: mxg1042@psu.edu

Jun Ma, Ph.D. student
B.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Peking University, '13

Project: PowerPanels: Multifunctional Composites with Li-Ion Battery Cores

Email: jxm1153@psu.edu

Tahzib Safwat, Ph.D. student
B.E., M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Stony Brook University, '11

Project: Haptics and Energy Harvesting Using Electromechanical Polymers for Wearable Applications

Email: tahzib@psu.edu

Nick Papavizas, M.S. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, '13

Project: Dynamics of Off-Highway Haul Trucks

Email: npapavizas@psu.edu

Greg Brulo, M.S. student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University, '12

Project: Wide-angle Planar Microtracking Microcell Concentrating Photovoltaics

Email: gsb155@psu.edu