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Christopher Niezrecki, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Christopher Niezrecki is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (, and leads the Center for Wind Energy at UMass Lowell ( Dr. Niezrecki is also the Director of the NSF-Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy Science Technology and Research (WindSTAR). He has been directly involved in vibrations, acoustics, smart structures, controls, and renewable energy research for over 30 years, with more than 190 publications. Areas of current research include: renewable energy systems, wind turbine dynamics, monitoring, and inspection, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, signal processing, structural health monitoring, optical sensing, and smart materials. He was a recipient of a 2010 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL/National Wind Technology Center) Research Participant Program Fellowship, the 2018 Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair, a 2019 Donahue Sustainability Fellow, and in 2020 was selected as the UMass Lowell Distinguished University Professor. Funding for his research ($20M+) has been provided through grants from numerous federal and state agencies as well as industry sponsors.