Christopher Rahn is a professor of mechanical engineering. He is also an expert in energy storage and co-director of Penn State’s BEST (Battery and Energy Storage Technology) Center, one of the most comprehensive battery labs in the world.
Rahn’s research work on the modeling, analysis, design, and control of mechatronic systems has resulted in three books (including Battery Systems Engineering published in 2013), over 200 peer reviewed publications, and several patents.
His research interests include: dynamic systems modeling, design, analysis, and control with applications to flexible structures; biologically inspired robotics; smart material actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters; and electrochemical energy storage.
from Power Electronics July 25, 2017
"Researchers found that a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system with embedded microtracking could produce over 50% more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells."
from R&D Magazine February 22, 2011
"The Mimosa plant, which folds its leaves when they're touched, is inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen, and even heal themselves."