Christopher A. Mattson
Christopher A. Mattson
Professor
Office
360C EB
Email
mattson@byu.edu
Office Phone
801-422-6544
Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 2003, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
M.S. 2001, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University (BYU)
B.S. 1999, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

05/2012 – Present Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, BYU
07/2014 07/2015 Fulbright Scholar (sabbatical), UK
06/2006 – 04/2012 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, BYU
03/2004 – 06/2006 Global Director of Engineering Design 
                 and Research, ATL Technology
11/2003 – 03/2004 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, RPI
04/2001 – 11/2003 Research Assistant, RPI
04/2000 – 04/2001 Research Assistant, BYU
04/1999 – 04/2000 Mechanical Engineer, ATL Technology
08/1996 – 04/1999 Engineering Assistant, ATL Technology

Research

Product Development, Design for the Developing World, Engineering Design Theory and Methodology, Multiobjective and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

 

Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

Wood, Amy, Ph.D. Dissertation in process, Brigham Young University.

Allen, Jeff, Ph.D. Dissertation in process, Brigham Young University.

Watson, Jason, M.S. Thesis in process, Brigham Young University.

Thacker, Kendall, M.S./MBA Thesis in process, Brigham Young University.

 

Past PhD Students

Larson, Brad, Ph.D. 2012, Brigham Young University.

Harston, Stephen, Ph.D. 2012, Brigham Young University.

Lewis, Patrick, Ph.D. 2012, Brigham Young University.

 

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Charles Wood

McCall Barger

Braden Hancock

Tim Nysetvold

 

Graduate Students Advised

Morrise, Jacob, M.S. 2012, Brigham Young University.

Anderson, Travis, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

Campbell, Robert, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

Curtis, Shane, M.S. 2012, Brigham Young University.

Tackett, Morgan, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

Wasley, Nicholas, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

LeBaron, Devin, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

Duffield, Luke, M.S. 2013, Brigham Young University.

Knight, Darren, “Return on Investment Analysis for Implementing Barriers to Reverse Engineering and Imitation,” M.S. Thesis in process, Brigham Young University, June 2011.

Anderson, Nikki, “Characterization of the Initial Flow Rate of Information During Reverse Engineering,” M.S. Thesis in process, Brigham Young University, June 2011.

Barnum, Garrett J., "A Computationally-Assisted Methodology for Rapid Exploration of Design Possibilities in Conceptual Design," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, August 2010.

Lewis, Patrick K., "Multiobjective Optimization Method for Identifying Modular Product Platforms and Modules that Account for Changing Needs Over Time," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, August 2010.

Harston, Stephen P., "A Methodology for Designing Product Compnonents with Built-in Barriers to Reverse Engineering," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, August 2009.

Haddock, Neil D., "Characterizing Material Property Tradeoffs of Polycrystalline Diamond for Design Evaluation and Selection," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, August 2009.

Yearsley, Jonathan D., "Product Family Design Using Smart Pareto Filters," M.S. Thesis Brigham Young University, April 2009.

Bowman, K. Eric, "Optimization Constrained CAD Framework with Iso-Performing Design Generator," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, December 2008.

Meaders, John C., "An Optimization-Based Framework for Designing Robust CAM-Based Constant-Force Compliant Mechanism," M.S. Thesis, Brigham Young University, August 2008.

 

Undergraduate Research Students Advised

Halgren, Kyle, Brigham Young University -- Currently working at Ford

Koecher, Michael – Co-authored publication as an undergraduate. Currently pursuing an M.S. degree from Brigham Young University.

Prasai, Dikshya – Co-authored publication as an undergraduate.

 

Wasley, Nicholas – Helped with proposal writing, and is currently pursing an M.S. degree at Brigham Young University.

 

Murray, Vance - Supported by the National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Design Strategies to Benefit from the Profit-by-Poverty-Alleviation Paradox," Mattson, C. A., (PI).

Curtis, Shane - Supported by the National Science Foundation, "A Framework for Maintaining Product Superiority by Designing Hardware that Protects Itself from Reverse Engineering," Mattson, C. A., (PI), Adams, B. L., (Co-PI).

Seegmiller, Dan - Supported by the National Science Foundation, "A Framework for Maintaining Product Superiority by Designing Hardware that Protects Itself from Reverse Engineering," Mattson, C. A., (PI), Adams, B. L., (Co-PI).

Boyce, Nathan - Received ORCA Grant, co-authored publication, currently at Air Force Institue of Technology pursuing MS in Engineering.

Harston, Stephen - Received ORCA Grant, co-authored multiple publications, current at Brigham Young University pursuing PhD in Mechanical Enginerring under Dr. Mattson's advisement.

Bowman, K. Eric - Co-authored publication, completed MS in Mechanical Engineering under Dr. Mattson's advisement.

 

Advising of Student Awards

Advisor for Patrick Lewis who won 3rd place in 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference Student Paper Competition in September 2010. Lewis, P. K., Murray, V., and Mattson, C. A., "Accounting for Changing Customer Needs With s-Pareto Frontiers," AIAA-2010-9039, 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, FortWorth TX, Sep. 13-15, 2010.

Advisor for students John Meaders and Stephen Harston who won the Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding Technical Paper at the 57th International Wire & Cable Symposium and Conference in Nov 2009.  Invited Paper "Recent Developments in the Design and Optimization of constant Force Electrical Contacts," by Meaders, J. C., Harston, S. P., and Mattson, C. A., Charlotte, NC, Nov 9, 2009.

Advisor for student (Stephen Harston) who was selected to represent BYU at the 2009 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) "Capitalizing on Heterogeneity and Anistrophy to Find Designs with Unexpected Performance," Feb 20, 2009.

Advisor for John Meaders and Stephen Harston who won a Best Paper Award for the 37th International Institute of connector and Interconnection Technology (IICIT) Connector and Interconnection Symposium, "Recent Developments in the Design and Optimization of Constant Force Electrical Contacts," by Meaders, J. C., Harston, S. P., and Mattson, C. A., Naperville, Il, May 12-13, 2008.

Publications

A full list of Dr. Mattson's publications can be found HERE.  

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Hancock, B. J., Nysetvold, T., Mattson, C. A., “L-Dominance: An Approximate-Domination Mechanism for Adaptive Resolution of Pareto Frontiers,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2015, IN PRESS ​

  2. Mattson, C. A., and Wood, A. E., “Nine Principles for Design for the Developing World as Derived from the Engineering Literature”, Journal of Mechanical Design, 2014, Vol. 136, No. 12, pp. 121403, 15 pages, DOI 10.1115/1.4027984 

  3. Curtis, S. K., Mattson, C. A., Hancock, B. J., and Lewis, P. K., Divergent Exploration in Design with a Dynamic Multiobjective Optimization Formulation, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 47, No. 5, pp 645-657, 2013, published online DOI 10.1007/s00158-012-0855-8 

  4. Lewis, P. K., and Mattson, C. A., “A Method for Developing Systems that Traverse the Pareto Frontiers of Multiple System Concepts Over Time,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 45(4), April, 2012, pp. 467–478. 

  5. Curtis, S. K., Harston, S. P., and Mattson, C. A., “The Fundamentals of Barriers to Reverse Engineering and their Implementation into Mechanical Components,” Research in Engineer- ing Design, Vol 22, 2011, pp. 245-261.

  6. Harston, S. P., and Mattson, C. A., “Metrics for Evaluating the Barrier and Time to Reverse Engineer a Product,” Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 132, 2010, pp 041009 (9 pages). 

  7. Mattson, C. A., Mullur, A. A., and Messac, A., “Case Studies in Concept Exploration and Selection with s-Pareto Frontiers,” International Journal of Product Development, Special Issue on Space Exploration and Design Optimization, Vol. 9, No.1/2/3, 2009, pp. 32–59. 

  8. Weight, B. L., Mattson, C. A., Magleby, S. P., and Howell, L. L., “Configuration Selection, Modeling, and Preliminary Testing in Support of Constant Force Electrical Connectors,” ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Vol. 129, No. 3, 2007, pp 236-255. 

  9. Mattson, C. A., and Messac, A., “Pareto Frontier Based Concept Selection under Uncer- tainty, with Visualization,” Optimization and Engineering, Kluwer Publishers - Special Issue on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Invited Paper, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2005, pp. 85-115. 

  10. Mattson, C. A., Mullur, A. A., and Messac, A., “Smart Pareto Filter: Obtaining a Minimal Representation of Multiobjective Design Space,” Engineering Optimization, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2004, pp. 721-740. 

  11. Messac, A., Ismail-Yahaya, A., and Mattson, C. A., “The Normalized Normal Constraint Method for Generating the Pareto Frontier,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2003, pp. 86-98. 

  12. Mattson, C. A. and Messac, A., “Concept Selection Using s-Pareto Frontiers,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 41, No. 6, 2003, pp. 1190-1198. 

  13. Messac, A., and Mattson, C. A., “Generating Well-Distributed Sets of Pareto Points for Engineering Design Using Physical Programming,” Optimization and Engineering, Kluwer Publishers, Vol. 3, Issue 4, 2002, pp. 431-450. 

     

     

Courses

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

  • Global Product Development (ME EN 579)
  • Advanced Product Development (ME EN 576)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Crocker Fellows 2 (ME EN 497)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Crocker Fellows 1 (ME EN 495)
  • Integrated Product and Process Design 2 (ME EN 476)
  • Integrated Product and Process Design 1 (ME EN 475)
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing and Computer-Aided Engineering (ME EN 373)
  • Mechanical System Design Fundamentals (ME EN 372)

 

Office Hours

By Appointment