Chuck Farrar is the President of Los Alamos Dynamics. He has 30 years of experience as a technical staff member, project leader and team leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He is currently the director of The Engineering Institute at LANL. While at Los Alamos he earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1988. The first ten years of his career at LANL focused on performing experimental and analytical structural dynamics studies for a wide variety of systems including nuclear power plant structures subject to seismic loading and weapons components subject to various portions of their stockpile -to-target loading environments.
His current research interests focus on developing integrated hardware and software solutions to Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) problems and damage prognosis. The results of this research have been documented in over 300 refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, Los Alamos reports, numerous keynote lectures at international conferences and most recently in a book co-authored with Professor Keith Worden and entitled Structural Health Monitoring: A Machine Learning Perspective.
Chuck Farrar is also Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Diego where he teaches a graduate-level course on SHM. Additional professional activities include an associated editor position for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics and the development of short-courses on SHM and model validation that have been offered numerous times to industry and government agencies in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. In January of 2007 Chuck Farrar was elected to Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory.