Chris McComb

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs
The Pennsylvania State University


213U Hammond Buildingmccomb@psu.edu
University Park, PA 16802thred.psu.edu

Education

Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 2016
Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering M.S. 2014
California State University Fresno Mechanical Engineering B.S. 2012
California State University Fresno Civil Engineering B.S. 2012

Experience

Grants and Funding

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. M. Li, N. Mahajan, J. Menold, and C. McComb (2019). "Image collection of 3D-printed prototypes and non-3D-printed prototypes." Data in Brief.
  2. S. Prakash, T. Mahan, G. Williams, C. McComb, J. Menold, and C. Tucker (2019). "Detection Of System Compromise In Additive Manufacturing Using Video Motion Magnification." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  3. L. Puentes, J. Cagan, and C. McComb (2019). "Heuristic-Guided Solution Search through a Two-Tiered Design Grammar." Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering.
  4. S. Lapp, K. Jablokow, and C. McComb (2019). "KABOOM: An Agent-Based Model for Simulating Cognitive Style in Team Problem Solving." Design Science.
  5. A. Raina, C. McComb, and J. Cagan (2019). "Learning To Design From Humans: Imitating Human Designers Through Deep Learning." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  6. A. Raina, J. Cagan, and C. McComb (2019). "Transferring Design Strategies from Human to Computer and Across Design Problems." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  7. G. Williams, N. A. Meisel, T. W. Simpson, and C. McComb (2019). "Design Repository Effectiveness for 3D Convolutional Neural Networks: Application to Additive Manufacturing." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  8. T. Maier, J. DeFranco, and C. McComb (2019). "An Analysis of Design Process and Performance in Distributed Data Science Teams." Team Performance Management.
  9. T. Mahan, N. Meisel, C. McComb, and J. Menold (2018). "Pulling at the Digital Thread: Exploring the Tolerance Stack Up Between Automatic Procedures and Expert Strategies in Scan To Print Processes." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  10. M. Alzayed, C. McComb, S. Hunter, and S. Miller (2019). "Expanding the Solution Space in Engineering Design Education: A Simulation-Based Investigation of Product Dissection." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  11. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2018). "Data on the Design of Truss Structures by Teams of Engineering Students." Data in Brief.
  12. C. McComb, N.G. Johnson, P.S. Santaeufemia, B.T. Gorman, B. Kolste, A. Mobley, and K. Shimada (2018). "Multi-Objective Optimization and Scenario-based Robustness Analysis of the Moneymaker Hip Pump." Journal of Development Engineering.
  13. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Data on the Configuration Design of Internet-Connected Home Cooling Systems by Engineering Students." Data in Brief, vol. 14, pp. 773-776.
  14. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Mining Process Heuristics from Designer Action Data via Hidden Markov Models." Journal of Mechanical Design.
  15. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Capturing Human Sequence-Learning Abilities in Configuration Design Tasks through Markov Chains." Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 139(9), pp. 1-12.
  16. C. McComb, K. Goucher-Lambert, and J. Cagan (2017). "Impossible by Design? Fairness, Strategy, and Arrow's Impossibility Theorem." Design Science, vol. 3(2).
  17. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Optimizing Design Teams Based on Problem Properties: Computational Team Simulations and an Applied Empirical Test." Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 139(4), pp. 1-12.
  18. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2016). "Drawing Inspiration From Human Design Teams for Better Search and Optimization: The Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams Algorithm." Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 138(4), pp. 1-6.
  19. C. McComb, and F.M. Tehrani (2015). "Enhancing Shear Transfer in Composite Decks." Engineering Structures, vol. 88, pp. 251-261.
  20. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2015). "Rolling with the Punches: An Examination of Team Performance in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes." Design Studies, vol. 36, pp. 99-121.
  21. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2015). "Lifting the Veil: Drawing insights about design teams from a cognitively-inspired computational model." Design Studies, vol. 40(C), pp. 119-142.

Conference Papers

  1. T. Maier, J. Menold, and C. McComb (2019). "Towards an Ontology of Cognitive Assistants." International Conference on Engineering Design.
  2. K. Goucher-Lambert, and C. McComb (2019). "Using Hidden Markov Models to Uncover Underlying States in Neuroimaging Data for a Design Ideation Task." International Conference on Engineering Design.
  3. G. Williams, J. O'Brien, A. Mezghani, M. Eachus, N. A. Meisel, and C. McComb (2019). "A Standardized Framework for Communicating and Modelling Parametrically Defined Mesostructure Patterns." 30th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.
  4. P. Saravanan, C. Hipple, J. Wang, C. McComb, and J. Menold (2019). "Decision-Making In The Prescription Of Orthotics And Prosthetics For Partial-Foot Amputees." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  5. A. Raina, C. McComb, and J. Cagan (2019). "Learning To Design From Humans: Imitating Human Designers Through Deep Learning." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  6. S. Prakash, T. Mahan, G. Williams, C. McComb, J. Menold, and C. Tucker (2019). "On The Analysis Of A Compromised Additive Manufacturing System Using Spatio-Temporal Decomposition." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  7. J. Ostrander, L. Ryan, S. Dhengre, C. McComb, T. Simpson, and N. Meisel (2019). "A Comparative Study Of Virtual Reality And Computer-Aided Design To Evaluate Parts For Additive Manufacturing." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  8. J. Nelson, T. Mahan, C. McComb, and J. Menold (2019). "The Prototyping Behaviors Of Startups: Exploring The Relationship Between Prototyping Behavior And The Financial Success Of Startups." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  9. T. Maier, V. Donghia, C. Chen, J. Menold, and C. McComb (2019). "Assessing The Impact Of Cognitive Assistants On Mental Workload In Simple Tasks." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  10. S. Lapp, K. Jablokow, and C. McComb (2019). "Collaborating with Style: Using an Agent-Based Model to Simulate Cognitive Style Diversity in Problem Solving Teams." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  11. D. Kaweesa, C. McComb, J. Menold, S. Ritter, and N. Meisel (2019). "Evaluating Idea Quantity And Variety When Using Digital Collaboration Tools To Support Brainstorming In Non-Collocated Teams." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  12. E. Evans, J. Menold, and C. McComb (2019). "Critical Thinking In The Design Classroom: An Analysis Of Student Design Reflections." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  13. K. Colbry, C. McComb, J. Rojewski, A. Briliyanti, and D. Colbry (2019). "Engineering Futures: Updating a Successful Professional Development Program to Address New Challenges." ASEE 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition.
  14. A. Bayrak, C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2019). "A Differential Game Approach to Dynamic Competitive Decisions Toward Human-Computer Collaboration." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  15. J. Banerjee, M. Mundale, A. Sachche, and C. McComb (2019). "Complexity Reduction in Mass Customization To Facilitate Better Decision Support." ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  16. N. Meisel, C. McComb, J. Menold, and S. Ritter (2019). "Creation and Implementation of a Project Framework to Improve Cornerstone Engineering Design." ASEE First-Year Engineering Education Conference.
  17. C. Murphy, N. Meisel, T.W. Simpson, and C. McComb (2018). "Predicting Part Mass, Required Support Material, and Build Time via Autoencoded Voxel Patterns." 29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.
  18. C. Berdanier, E. Baker, W. Wang, and C. McComb (2018). "Opportunities for Natural Language Processing in Qualitative Engineering Education Research: Two Examples." 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference.
  19. C. McComb, C. Berdanier, and J. Menold (2018). "Design Practica as Authentic Assessments in First-year Engineering Design Courses." ASEE First-Year Engineering Education Conference.
  20. A. Raina, C. McComb, and J. Cagan (2018). "Design Strategy Transfer in Cognitively-Inspired Agents." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  21. L. Puentes, C. McComb, and J. Cagan (2018). "A Two-Tiered Grammatical Approach For Agent-Based Computational Design." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference..
  22. J. Menold, C. Berdanier, C. McComb, E. Hocker, and L. Gardner (2018). ""Thus, I had to go with what I had": A Multiple Methods Exploration of Novice Designers Articulation of Prototyping Decisions ." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  23. T. Maier, and C. McComb (2018). "Designing Improved Teams for Crowdsourced Competitions." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  24. M. Alzayed, C. McComb, S. Hunter, and S. Miller (2018). "Helping Teams Expand the Breadth of Their Solution Space Through Product Dissection: A Simulation Based Investigation." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  25. C. McComb (2018). "Towards the Rapid Design of Engineered Systems Through Deep Neural Networks." Design Computing and Cognition '18.
  26. F.M. Tehrani, C. McComb, and N. Papavasiliou (2017). "Application of Project-based Learning within the Context of Sustainable Development in Education of International Engineer Citizens." Iran International Conference on Engineering Education.
  27. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Validating a Tool for Predicting Problem-Specific Optimized Team Characteristics." ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  28. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2017). "Eliciting Configuration Design Heuristics with Hidden Markov Models." International Conference on Engineering Design.
  29. C. McComb, N.G. Johnson, and B.T. Gorman (2016). "Scenario-Based Robustness Analysis of Optimized I.D.E.-Style Treadle Pump Designs." ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  30. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2016). "Utilizing Markov Chains to Understand Operation Sequencing in Design Tasks." Design Computing and Cognition '16.
  31. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2016). "Linking Properties of Design Problems to Optimal Team Characteristics." ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  32. C. McComb, K. Goucher-Lambert, and J. Cagan (2015). "Fairness and Manipulation: An Empirical Study of Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem." International Conference on Engineering Design.
  33. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2015). "Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams: An Optimizing Search Algorithm Inspired by Engineering Design Teams." International Conference on Engineering Design.
  34. C. McComb, N.G. Johnson, P.S. Santaeufemia, and K. Shimada (2014). "Identifying Technical and Economic Improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip Pump through Multi-Objective Optimization." IEEE - Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.
  35. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2015). "Studying Human Design Teams through Computational Teams of Simulated Annealing Agents." ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference..
  36. P.S. Santaeufemia, N.G. Johnson, C. McComb, and K. Shimada (2014). "Improving Irrigation in Remote Areas: Multi-objective Optimization of a Treadle Pump." ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference..
  37. C. McComb, J. Cagan, and K. Kotovsky (2014). "Quantitative Comparison of High- and Low-Performing Teams in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes." ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference..
  38. C. McComb, and F.M. Tehrani (2014). "Research and Practice Group Methodology: A Case Study in Student Success.." ASEE Pacific-Southwest Conference.
  39. C. McComb, M. Lawson, M., and Y-H. Yu (2013). "Development and Verification of a Wave Energy Converter Simulation Tool." Marine Energy Technology Symposium.

Other

  1. Technical Presentation: G. Williams, N. A. Meisel, T. W. Simpson, and C. McComb (2019). "Design Repository Effectiveness for 3D Convolutional Neural Networks: Application to Additive Manufacturing." 30th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.
  2. Technical Presentation: J. Cagan, K. Kotovsky, and C. McComb (2018). "Are Teams Teams? And Other Musings on Humpty Dumpty’s Use of Language In The Design World." ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  3. Workshop: O. Roy, and C. McComb (2018). "Ethical Design of Gendered Products." Engineering, Social Justice and Peace Conference.
  4. Lightning Talk: C. McComb (2015). "The Cyborg Designer." International Conference on Engineering Design.

Advising

PhD Students

Undergraduate Students