Christopher R. Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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Eiche Library, 145
    Biography

    Chris Martin worked as a Plasma Torch Design Engineer for ESAB Welding and Cutting in Florence South Carolina after receiving his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. With multiple patents and peer-reviewed articles to his name, he continues his work in thermal fluid control as an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Altoona. His experience in thermal fluids began at the Virginia Active Combustion Control Group at Virginia Tech, where he wrote his dissertation on thermo-acoustic instabilities. Since then, he has served as a visiting scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany, and had the pleasure to teach in various capacities at Virginia Tech, Francis Marion University, James Madison University, and now Penn State Altoona. He currently teaches EMET 230: Computer I/O and EMET 330: Measurement Theory and Instrumentation.

    Research Interests
    • Thermal fluid control
    • Sensing and control in oxy-fuel and plasma thermal processes
    • Thermo-acoustic instability prediction and suppression in power systems
    Education

    Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Certificate of Engineering Education, Engineering Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    MS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University