Chris McComb

Chris McComb

Director and Assistant Professor

I’m an Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. My research draws on perspectives from engineering, design, and psychology to study how humans act while solving problems, and how we can use this knowledge to inform the design of novel systems. In addition to design, I’m interested in machine learning, STEM education, optimization. I received my graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon (PhD ‘16, MS ‘14), and a dual undergraduate degree in civil and mechanical engineering from Fresno State (BS ‘12).

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Lucas Puentes

Lucas Puentes

PhD Student

I’m a first-year PhD student in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. My love for engineering stems from the enjoyment that I found in taking apart Nerf guns when I was in elementary school. Over the course of my education, I’ve developed great interests in robotics, machine learning, and systems engineering. I received my undergraduate degree from Rowan University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical & Computer Engineering (BS ’17).

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Christian Murphy

Christian Murphy

Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a junior currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Penn State. I am interested in researching areas that look to utilize machine learning processes to bring the benefits of additive manufacturing to a larger audience. Throughout my studies I have developed interests in other areas as well such as design, optimization, and mechatronics.

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Emmeline Evans

Emmeline Evans

Undergraduate Researcher

Raiid Ahmed

Raiid Ahmed

Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a freshman Schreyer Scholar currently studying for a degree in Industrial Engineering. I’m currently interested in researching how we can optimize education, technology, and attitudes towards integration in order to pave the way for greater design outcomes to take place. In addition to this, I also have great interest in design, machine learning, and the design of systems for specific applications.

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