Materials science, self-healing materials, micro-patterning & additive manufacturing techniques
Microscale patterning of multifunctional and composite materials, structural materials with embedded microvascular/microfluidic networks
B.S. Materials Engineering, Iowa State University
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Hansen joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty in Fall 2011. His previous research efforts include 3D viscoelasticfilament micropatterning and synthetic microvasculature for self-healing and thermal regulation applications. He conducts experimental work in the areas of damage remediation using self-healing materials, microscale patterning of multifunctional and composite materials, and structures with embedded microvascular networks. In the classroom, he instructs the undergraduate Mechanical Behavior of Materials course and the graduate Composite Materials course.