Christian Franck is the Bjorn Borgen Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2008. Dr. Franck held a post-doctoral position at Harvard investigating brain and neural trauma in 2009, and was on the faculty in Solid Mechanics in the School of Engineering at Brown University from 2009 to 2018.
He is the acting director of the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the ONR-funded "Physics-based Neutralization of Threats to Human Tissues and Organs" (PANTHER) program, which consists of over 25 PIs nationwide. Key objectives of Dr. Franck’s research program are in advanced detection and prevention of traumatic brain injuries by providing accelerated translation from basic science discovery to civilian and warfighter protection solutions.