Christopher R. Fuller, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed as the Samuel Langley Professor of Engineering by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis.
The Langley professorship is supported with funds allocated to Virginia Tech from NASA, through the National Institute of Aerospace, for a Virginia Tech faculty member who works at the institute and leads research and technology thrusts of substantial interest to NASA.
Fuller has held the Virginia Tech Langley Professorship of Engineering since 2009. Previously he held the Roanoke Electric Steel Professorship of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.
A member of the university faculty since 1983, Fuller is an expert in acoustics and noise and vibration control, active noise control, control of interior noise and vibration in aerospace applications, launch vehicle payload noise, and other related concerns in the automotive and marine industries.
He has received more than $4.4 million in external research grants in the past 10 years. Fuller is focused on providing innovative teaching methods making use of interactive classroom instruction technologies combined with hands-on learning experiences. He has written more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and has 10 patents, four of which are in commercial production.
Engaging students in service-learning projects is a common theme in Fuller’s teaching. His work with National Institute of Aerospace and at Virginia Tech has resulted in supervising to completion 24 Ph.D. and 39 master’s degree students.
Fuller received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide (Australia).