Christopher Coughlin

Associate Professor

Office Location
Innovation Science and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2013, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531



Ph.D. in Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 1990

B.S.E. in Polymer Science, Case Western Reserve University, 1986


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Dr. Christopher S. Coughlin is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. He has held a variety of positions in both government and private industry prior to coming to Florida Poly including basic materials research, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, and consumer product development.

His most recent research efforts have been in applications of polymer-based materials for naval aircraft, especially structural composites, transparencies, and radomes including self-healing ionomers, the electrospinning of organic/inorganic composites, and the development of conductive nanowire networks for use in optical transparencies. He has also supported a variety of aircraft acquisition programs including the analysis of polymer-based composite materials for aircraft applications with respect to cure conditions, mechanical property development, and environmental suitability.



  • Polymer science
  • Polymer matrix composites
  • Material qualification for aerospace applications
  • Characterization of polymers
  • Thermal analysis


Awards and Honors

  • 2014: Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award


Selected Publications



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