Montana State University

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Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
220 Roberts
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800

Tel: (406) 994-2203
Fax: (406) 994-6292

Christopher H. M. Jenkins, PhD, PE


Dr. Jenkins has a B.S. in physics from Florida Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from OregonState University. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, authored or edited 5 books (including a textbook), is a registered engineer in 4 states, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. While at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he established the Compliant Structures Laboratory, a nationally recognized leader in ultra-lightweight and flexible structures technology.

His current professional interests include biologically-inspired design, integration of mechanics-materials-design, and ultra-lightweight structures technology. Dr. Jenkins consults for the Air Force Research Lab, NASA, and several industrial partners.

Current and recent past research projects include:

“Nanofiber Nanocomposites for Novel Space Mirror Backing Structure,” AFRL

“Intelligent Passive Damping of Membrane Space Structures,” AFRL

“Self-Repair of Space Structures,” AFRL

“Matched and Ultra-Low CTE Optical Materials ,” MDA

“Mirror Backing Structures: Novel Resins for Aerospace Applications,” AFRL

“Advanced Smart Structures, AFRL

“Nano-Gradient Adhesive Joints,” AFRL

“Optical Diagnostics Systems for Solar Sails,” NASA

“Advanced Computational Methods for Solar Sails,” NASA