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Rahn, Christopher
Dr. Rahn graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then obtained a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. After three years designing control systems and analyzing the dynamics of spacecraft at Space Systems/LORAL in Palo Alto, CA, Dr. Rahn returned to Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. As a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University from 1992 to 2000, Dr. Rahn developed and experimentally validated control systems for distributed vibration and noise and nonlinear models of high-speed textile manufacturing processes. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He has published over sixty papers and one book, obtained several patents, and garnered the prestigious Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, and the McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award. He is currently an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and a member of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound. Dr. Rahn has been a technical consultant and expert witness on several patent cases.


Continuum robot arms inspired by cephalopods  Defense and Security, 303-314, 2005
Control oriented 1D electrochemical model of lithium ion battery  Energy Conversion and Management 48 (9), 2565-2578, 2007
Field trials and testing of the OctArm continuum manipulator  Proceedings 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ..., 2006
Model-based electrochemical estimation and constraint management for pulse operation of lithium ion batteries  IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 18 (3), 654-663, 2010
Soft robotics: Biological inspiration, state of the art, and future research  Applied Bionics and Biomechanics 5 (3), 99-117, 2008
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