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Christopher J Hansen


Christopher Hansen, UMass Lowell Engineering Professor headshot photo
Christopher J HansenAssociate Professor, UMass Lowell SHAP3D Site Director

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, self-healing materials, composites, fiber-reinforced composites, automated fiber placement (AFP), synthetic microvasculature, safer materials, toxics use reduction, contact adhesives, engineering education

Additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) techniques, multifunctional materials, fiber-reinforced composite materials, composites processing, microvascular materials, automated composites manufacturing

Education

  • Ph D: Materials Science and Engineering, (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  • BS: Materials Engineering, (2005), Iowa State University - Ames, IA
    Supporting Area: Polymers, ceramics, and metals. Minors in Astronomy and German

Biography

Prof. Hansen has four primary research areas: additive manufacturing/3D printing, composites manufacturing/processing, safer materials/toxics use reduction, and engineering education. In the classroom, he instructs the undergraduate Materials Science for Engineers (MECH 2960) and Capstone Design (MECH 4230) courses and the graduate Processing of Composites (MECH 5970) and Experimental Characterization of Composites (MECH 5980) courses.

Selected Publications

  • Shah, P.N., Dev, S., Lee, Y., Hansen, C.J. (2017) "Processing and Mechanical Properties of Bio-Derived Vinyl Ester Resin-Based Composites.", Journal of Applied Polymer Science 13
  • Sherwood, J.A., Hansen, C.J., DRANE, P., Gorczyca, J.L., WHITE, K., Reynaud, E., others, . (2016) An Overview of the NIST FIBERS Roadmap to Advance the State of Composites Manufacturing in the US
  • Azhar, F., Tite, K., Johnston, S.P., Hansen, C.J., Shina, S.G., Schiano, A.M., Willis, D.J. (2016) "Hands-on made 4 ME: Deploying, using, developing and evaluating desktop computer numerical controlled (CNC) systems in the engineering classroom", ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings 2016-June:
  • Liu, X., Yudzinsky, R., Burke, A., Hansen, C.J. (2016) Structurally Optimized Beams from Digital Composite Materials
  • Dangora, L.M., Hansen, C.J., Mitchell, C.J., Sherwood, J.A., Parker, J.C. (2015) "Challenges associated with shear characterization of a cross-ply thermoplastic lamina using picture frame tests", Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 78: pp. 181 - 190
  • Vaillant, J.J., Hansen, C.J., Stolk, J., Johnston, S.P., Shina, S.G., Willis, D.J. (2015) "Design and implementation of an inexpensive laboratory for providing hands-on design prototyping and manufacturing experiences to engineering students", American Society for Engineering Education 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society:
  • Fetfatsidis, K.A., Dropkin, A., Dahlstrand, P., Hansen, C.J., Poillucci, R., Olson, B. (2014) "Microvascular composites for thermal management", ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014 1: pp. Aerospace Division -
  • Sitte, V., Poillucci, R.A., Hansen, C.J. (2014) "Processing of degradable polymer fibers for microvascular pathways", Proceedings of the American Society for Composites - 29th Technical Conference, ASC 2014; 16th US-Japan Conference on Composite Materials; ASTM-D30 Meeting
  • Vaillant, J.J., Hansen, C.J., Stolk, J.D., Johnston, S.P., Shina, S.G., Willis, D.J. (2014) "Hands on made4me: Hands-on machining, analysis and design experiences for mechanical engineers", 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
  • Tye, J., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Biomimetic vascular pathways embedded within multifunctional sandwich composites", 28th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2013, ASC 2013 1: pp. 40-48
  • Tye, J., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Multifunctional composite sandwich structures utilizing embedded microvascular networks", 19th International Conference on Composite Materials
  • Poillucci, R., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Reducing styrene monomers in unsaturated polyester resins", 19th International Conference on Composite Materials

Selected Presentations

  • "Engaging students via service-learning projects on historic materials design." - 4th North American Materials Education Symposium, March 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
  • "Multifunctional sandwich composites possessing bio-inspired vascular pathways" with J. Tye - ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 2012 - Houston, TX
  • "Microvascular networks for self-healing and multinozzle 3D patterning" with J. Tye - MIT Lincoln Laboratory Mechanical Engineering Technology Symposium, October 2012 - Lexington, MA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Collaborative Research: I/UCRC for Wind Energy, Science, Technology, and Research (WindSTAR) (2014), Grant - National Science Foundation and company members
    Sherwood, J.A., Avitabile, P., Niezrecki, C., Hansen, C.J., Willis, D.J.
  • Science Program Around Communication Engineering with High Achieving Undergraduate Cadres (SPACE HAUC): UMass Lowell's Undergraduate Science Instrument Project (2016), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Chakrabarti, S. (Principal)
  • Early Career Faculty Award: Design and Fabrication of Aerospace-Grade Digital Composite Materials (2014), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Automated Manufacture of Damage-Detecting, Self-Healing Composite for Cryogenic Pressure Vessels (2015), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Facilitating Industry By Engineering, Roadmapping and Science (FIBERS) to Advance (2014), Grant - National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Sherwood, J.A. (Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Gorczyca, J.L. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Lowell Tex: Embracing Lowell's Cultural, Historical, and Educational Assets to Create Pathways to STEM (2015), Grant - UMass President's Office
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Kuhn, S. (Principal), Kazmer, D.O. (Co-Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Levasseur, K.M. (Co-Principal), Scribner-Maclean, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Team UML-WIND 2016 (2015), Grant - U.S. Department Of Energy
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Willis, D.J. (Principal), Johnston, S.P. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Co-Principal), Darish, M. (Co-Principal)
  • 2015 Wind Energy Research Workshop (2015), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Willis, D.J. (Principal), Sherwood, J.A. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Co-Principal), Inalpolat, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Hands-on Machining, Analysis and Design Experiences for Mechanical Engineers (2013), Grant - NSF TUES program
    Johnston, S.P., Willis, D.J., Hansen, C.J., Shina, S.G.
  • 2013 Micro and Nano Forum (2013), -
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Self-Healing Shape Memory Polymer Based Coatings for Protective Garments (2013), Contract - U.S. ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RD&E CENTER
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Student Poster Symposium at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress (2013), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Team UML-WIND: Wind Inspired by Natural Designs (2013), Grant - U.S. Department Of Energy
    Johnston, S.P., Willis, D.J., Hansen, C.J., Niezrecki, C., Yang, Y.