Christopher A. Mattson is an Associate 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 is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and has been awarded three US Patents. He was honored by the White House, when he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Dr. Mattson has served as a member of the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee (TC) since 2003, and currently serves as Awards Sub-Committee Chairman for the TC. He is the General Chair of the 7th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialists Conference (2011) and as the Technical Program Chair for the 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference (2012).
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 Asia and Europe for engineering and manufacturing related business, and has lived abroad for 3.5 years. He currently serves on ATL Technology’s Technical Advisory Board.