Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering

Jason Christopher earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2007. While at the Academy, he interned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching deflagration properties of explosive materials. After the Academy, Jason earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice University with his thesis research focused on computational modeling of fluid-structure interactions of NASA parachutes; his research was advised by Dr. Tayfun Tezduyar. Upon graduation, he moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California where he worked as a range modernization and sustainment engineer acquiring telemetry systems to support space launch. Most recently, Jason completed an assignment as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering on the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy teaching statics and mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Currently Jason is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is co-advised by Drs. Greg Rieker and Peter Hamlington. He is a major in the US Air Force and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. Outside of the office Jason enjoys hiking, mountain biking and, his favorite activity, spending time with his wife, Shannon, and toddler sons, Noah & Rowan.

- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, anticipated 2018
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2009
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 2007

Jason’s research interests lie in bridging the gap between computational methods and experimental results through various data-driven techniques.

- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, J. Pausewang, M. Schwaab, J. Christopher and J. Crabtree, "Interface Projection Techniques for Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling with Moving-Mesh Methods", Computational Mechanics, 43 (2008) 39-49.
- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, M. Schwaab, J. Pausewang, J. Christopher and J. Crabtree, "Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Ringsail Parachutes", Computational Mechanics, 43 (2008) 133-142.
- K. Takizawa, J. Christopher, T.E. Tezduyar and S. Sathe, "Space-Time Finite Element Computation of Arterial Fluid-Structure Interactions with Patient-Specific Data", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 26 (2010) 101- 116.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa, C. Moorman, S. Wright and J. Christopher, "Multiscale Sequentially-Coupled Arterial FSI Technique", Computational Mechanics, 46 (2010) 17- 29.
- K. Takizawa, C. Moorman, S. Wright, J. Christopher and T.E. Tezduyar, "Wall Shear Stress Calculations in Space-Time Finite Element Computation of Arterial Fluid-Structure Interactions", Computational Mechanics, 46 (2010) 31-41.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa, C. Moorman, S. Wright and J. Christopher, "Space-Time Finite Element Computation of Complex Fluid-Structure Interactions", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 64 (2010) 1201-1218.

- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, J. Pausewang, M. Schwaab, J. Crabtree and J. Christopher, "Air-Fabric Interaction Modeling with the Stabilized Space-Time FSI Technique", Proceedings of the Third Asian-Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics, Kyoto, Japan, CD-ROM (2007).
- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, J. Pausewang, M. Schwaab, J. Crabtree and J. Christopher, "Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling with Moving-Mesh Techniques", Proceedings of the Symposium on Recent Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Japan Society of Automotive Engineers, Tokyo, Japan, 2007.
- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, K. Takizawa, M. Schwaab, J. Christopher, J. Pausewang and J. Crabtree, "Space-Time Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling", Proceedings of the 5th GSIC International Symposium -- Leading Studies in Computational Mechanics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, 2008.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa, J. Christopher, C. Moorman and S. Wright, "Interface Projection Techniques for Complex FSI Problems", Computational Methods in Marine Engineering, Marine 2009, T. Kvamsdal, B. Pettersen, P. Bergan E. Onate and J. Garcia (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2009.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa and J. Christopher, "Sequentially-Coupled FSI Technique", Computational Methods in Marine Engineering, Marine 2009, T. Kvamsdal, B. Pettersen, P. Bergan E. Onate and J. Garcia (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2009.
- K. Takizawa, J. Christopher, C. Moorman, S. Wright, J. Martin and T.E. Tezduyar, "Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of the Orion Spacecraft Parachutes", Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering, Coupled Problems 2009, B. Schrefler, E. Onate and M. Papadrakakis (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2009.
- K. Takizawa, J. Christopher, C. Moorman, J. Martin, J. Purdue, T. McPhail, P.R. Chen, J. Warren and T.E. Tezduyar, "Space-Time Finite Element Computation of Arterial FSI with Patient-Specific Data", Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering, Coupled Problems 2009, B. Schrefler, E. Onate and M. Papadrakakis (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2009.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa, J. Christopher, C. Moorman and S. Wright, "Space-Time Finite Element Computation of Complex FSI Problems", Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering, Coupled Problems 2009, B. Schrefler, E. Onate and M. Papadrakakis (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2009.
- K. Takizawa, S. Wright, J. Christopher and T.E. Tezduyar, "Multiscale Sequentially-Coupled FSI Computation in Parachute Modeling", Structural Membranes 2011, E. Onate, B. Kroplin and K.-U. Bletzinger (Eds), CIMNE, Barcelona, 2011.
- Jason Christopher; C. Lapointe, N. Wimer, T. Hayden, I. Grooms, G.B. Rieker, and P. E. Hamlington, “Parameter Estimation for a Turbulent Buoyant Jet Using Approximate Bayesian Computation,” 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2017.

- Christopher, J.D., "Computational Aerodynamics Modeling of the Reefed Stages of Ringsail Parachutes," M.S. Thesis, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2009.
- T.E. Tezduyar, S. Sathe, M. Schwaab, J. Christopher, J. Crabtree and J. Pausewang, "Modeling of Fluid-Structure Interactions with the Space-Time Finite Elements", Chapter 10 in Flow Simulation with the Finite Element Method (in Japanese), Springer, Tokyo, Japan (2008) 215-251.
- T.E. Tezduyar, K. Takizawa and J. Christopher, "Multiscale Sequentially-Coupled Arterial Fluid-Structure Interaction (SCAFSI) Technique", International Workshop on Fluid- Structure Interaction -- Theory, Numerics and Applications (eds. S. Hartmann, A. Meister, M. Schaefer and S. Turek), Kassel University Press, Germany (2009) 231-252.

- Fluid Mechanics, Spring 2013 & Spring 2015
- Thermodynamics, Fall 2014
- Fundamentals of Statics and Mechanics of Materials, Fall 2012-Spring 2014