Christopher Niezrecki

Christopher Niezrecki

Christopher Niezrecki is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He obtained dual BS degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1991.  In 1992 he obtained a MS. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in 1999 while working at the Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (CIMSS).  He was the Director of the Smart Structures and Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Florida until 2004, is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory, and leads the Center for Wind Energy at UMass Lowell.  Dr. Niezrecki is also the Director of the NSF-Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy Science Technology and Research (WindSTAR).  He has been directly involved in mechanical design, smart structures, noise and vibration control research for over 20 years, with more than 100 publications.  He is the member of three separate conference executive committees pertaining to structural dynamics/smart structures. 

Areas of current research include: wind turbine blade dynamics and inspection, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, controls, signal processing, structural health monitoring, and smart materials.  Over the last several years, his research has focused on using optical digital image correlation for non-contacting inspection and vibration measurement of wind turbine blades/rotating structures. He was a 2010 recipient of a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL/National Wind Technology Center) Research Participant Program Fellowship.  Funding for his research ($10M+) has been provided by grants from NSF, Department of Energy, Army Research Office, ONR, AFRL, U.S. DOT, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Raytheon, NCIIA, Florida DOT, Motorola, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Pratt & Whitney, Robert Bosch LLC, Mass CEC, Univ. of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is a member of ASME, SPIE, SEM, and the Acoustical Society of America.