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Nathan Raeker-Jordan

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
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Nathan Raeker-Jordan graduated from Bucknell University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his undergraduate education, he took interest in machine learning, controls, and finite element modeling of non-linear materials. He also helped to establish a makerspace at his school, and helped teach other students about additive manufacturing and other “maker” processes. In his capstone senior design project, he was the primary designer of a heart-mimicking flow loop to be used by an interventional cardiologist for the testing of heart valve implants in 3D printed patient geometry.

In the Fall of 2018 he joined the DREAMS lab, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.  Nathan’s research has focused on cyber-physical security in additive manufacturing. This includes researching the detection of cyber-attacks which affect physical 3D printed parts (such as through in-situ process monitoring), a method of securely embedding and retrieving part quality information via the part manufacturing process, as well as detection of damaged or counterfeit parts via structural health monitoring. Currently he is working on simulating and predicting the electro-mechanical impedance response of AM parts to better characterize part structural health.