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Christopher McComb

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

213U Hammond Building

uum209@psu.edu

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Education

  • BS, Civil Engineering, California State University, Fresno, 2012
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno, 2012
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Mining Process Heuristics from Designer Action Data via Hidden Markov Models", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Data on the Configuration Design of Internet-Connected Home Cooling Systems by Engineering Students", Data in Brief, 14
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Optimizing Design Teams Based on Problem Properties: Computational Team Simulations and an Applied Empirical Test", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Caga and, Kenneth Kotovsky , 2017, "Data on the Configuration Design of Internet-Connected Home Cooling Systems by Engineering Students", Data In Brief
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Capturing Human Sequence-Learning Abilities in Configuration Design Tasks through Markov Chains", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb, Kosa Goucher-Lamber and Jonathan Cagan, 2017, "Impossible by design? Fairness, strategy, and Arrow’s impossibility theorem", Design Science
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Drawing Inspiration From Human Design Teams For Better Search And Optimization: The Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams Algorithm", Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Christopher McComb and Fariborz M Tehrani, 2015, "Enhancement of Shear Transfer in Composite Deck with Mechanical Fasteners", Engineering Structures, 88, pp. 251–261
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Lifting the Veil: Drawing Insights about Design Teams from a Cognitively-inspired Computational Model", Design Studies, 40, pp. 119–142
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Rolling with the Punches: An Examination of Team Performance in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes", Design Studies, 36, pp. 99–121

Conference Proceedings

  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Eliciting Configuration Design Heuristics with Hidden Markov Models"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2017, "Validating a Tool for Predicting Problem-Specific Optimized Team Characteristics"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Linking Properties of Design Problem to Optimal Team Characteristics"
  • Christopher McComb, Nathan G Johnson and Brandon T Gorman, 2016, "Scenario-Based Robustness Analysis of Optimized I.D.E.-Style Treadle Pump Designs"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2016, "Utilizing Markov Chains to Understand Operation Sequencing in Design Tasks"
  • Christopher McComb, Kosa Goucher-Lambert and Jonathan Cagan, 2015, "Fairness and Manipulation: An Empirical Study of Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams: An Optimizing Search Algorithm Inspired by Engineering Design Teams"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2015, "Studying Human Design Teams via Computational Teams of Simulated Annealing Agents"
  • Christopher McComb, Pablo S. Santaeufemia, Nathan G. Johnson and Kenji Shimada, 2014, "Identifying Technical and Economic Improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip Pump through Multi-Objective Optimization"
  • Pablo S. Santaeufemia, Nathan Johnson, Christopher McComb and Kenji Shimada, 2014, "Improving Irrigation in Remote Areas: Multi-objective Optimization of a Treadle Pump"
  • Christopher McComb, Jonathan Cagan and Kenneth Kotovsky, 2014, "Quantitative Comparison of High- and Low-Performing Teams in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes"
  • Christopher McComb and Fariborz M. Tehrani, 2014, "Research and Practice Group Methodology: A Case Study in Student Success"
  • Chris McComb, Michael Lawson and Yi-Hsiang Yu, 2013, "Combining Multi-body Dynamics and Potential Flow Simulation Methods to Model a Wave Energy Converter"

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - June 2018, "A Hybrid Computer Platform to Design, Guide and Partner with Humans in the Team Problem-solving Process - BASE," (Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
  •  2017 -  2017, "Rapid Evaluation and Synthesis of Engineering Systems," (Sponsor: NVIDIA Corporation).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Advisor, LionTech Rocket Labs, September 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • District DirectorTau Beta Pi, May 2013
 


 

About

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952