Chris Niezrecki
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Christopher Niezrecki is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He obtained a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1999 while working at the Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (CIMSS).  He is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (http://sdasl.uml.edu/), and leads the Center for Wind Energy at UML (www.uml.edu/windenergy).  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.  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. Funding for his research ($10M+) has been provided by grants from numerous federal and state agencies and he is a member of ASME, SPIE, SEM, and the Acoustical Society of America.