Rahn named associate head for administration
Chris Rahn, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the associate head for administration in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department. This is a new position that will play a key role in the development of early career faculty. Rahn will be responsible for coordinating faculty searches, mentoring new faculty, coordinating faculty award nominations, and assisting with inquiries about potential research opportunities.
“Chris is a great contributor to our Department in teaching, research and service. I look forward to working with him in advancing MNE,” said Karen Thole, department head, mechanical and nuclear engineering.
Rahn has been with the department since 2000. He co-directs the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center and directs the Mechatronics Research Laboratory. His research focuses on the modeling, analysis, design, and control of mechatronic systems. Rahn has received numerous awards recognizing his research success, including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, the McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award, and the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Premier Research Award. In 2007, he was named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow.
Rahn 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 serves on the executive committee of the ASME design engineering division.