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Scott Thomson joined the Mechanical Engineering Department after receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004. His primary area of research involves the biomechanics and flow-induced vibrations of the human larynx (particularly the vocal folds) and of flapping flight. His voice production research is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His flapping flight research is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). His work includes both experimental and computational components. He is the recipient of the BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award (2009), the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2000-2003), and the ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2000-2004).
Dr. Mark Colton
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Mark Colton received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, with an emphasis on haptic interfaces. While completing his PhD, he served as a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. Professor Colton previously received an MS degree from the University of Utah while working for the Center for Engineering Design on the design and control of neuro-prosthetic arms. He has worked for Sarcos, Inc. on various research and entertainment robotics projects. His current research interests include haptic interfaces, socially assistive robotics, and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Intelligent Control and Human-Computer Interface Traineeship.
Dr. Christopher Mattson
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Christopher A. Mattson is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001) from the Mechanical Engineering Department at BYU, and his Ph.D. (2003) from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research on multiobjective/multidisciplinary optimization and decision-making in engineering design has been published in various international journals and has been presented at international conferences and invited lectures in the US and abroad. He has also been awarded two US Patents.
Prof. Mattson has served as a member of the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee (TC) since 2003, and currently serves as Education Sub-Committee Chairman for the TC. He was the Associate General Chair of the 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference and has served on the organizing committee for various conferences.
Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, Prof. Mattson was the Global Director of Engineering Design and Research at ATL Technology and a member of the company's Executive Committee. While at ATL Technology, he led the design of numerous electro-mechanical products; these products have been used by over 15 million people around the world. He established and managed ATL Technology’s Silicon Valley office (1999-2000), and ATL Technology’s twenty-five person Engineering Design Center in mainland China (2004-2006). He has traveled extensively in the Pacific Rim for engineering and manufacturing related business, and has lived abroad for 3.5 years. He currently serves on ATL Technology’s Technical Advisory Board.