Dr. Courtney Peckens

Assistant Professor of Engineering
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As a civil engineering instructor, Courtney teaches the primary civil engineering courses, which include Steel Design, Concrete Design and Geotechnical Engineering. She also teaches Control Systems and Introduction to Engineering Computing. She is the faculty advisor for the Engineers Without Borders student chapter on campus. She started at Hope in 2013.


Courtney specializes in structural monitoring and control of civil infrastructure. She develops and uses wireless sensor nodes to collect data from civil infrastructure, such as buildings and bridges; by applying signal processing techniques on this data, she attempts to detect fatigue and degradation in the structure prior to failure.


  • Ph.D., civil and environmental engineering, 2014, University of Michigan
  • MSE, electrical engineering, 2012, University of Michigan
  • MSE, civil and environmental engineering, 2008, University of Michigan
  • B.S., engineering with mechanical emphasis, 2006, Hope College
  • B.A., French, Hope College, 2006


  • "Digital control for mechanical systems," in Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 12th ed., 2017
  • "Communication analysis for feedback control of civil infrastructure using cochlea-inspired sensor nodes," in SPIE: Smart Structures and Non-Destructive Evaluation, Las Vegas, NV, 2016
  • "Resource-efficient wireless sensor network architecture based on bio-mimicry of the mammalian auditory system," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 26(1), 2015
  • “Introduction to wireless structural monitoring systems: permanent installation in infrastructure systems,” in Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructures, Woodhead Publishing, 2014
  • "Utilizing the cochlea as a bio-inspired compressive sensing technique," Smart Materials and Structures, 2013
  • "Cochlea-inspired sensing node for compressive sensing," proceedings of SPIE Conference: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical and Aerospace Systems, San Diego, CA, 2013
  • "Embedded linear classifiers on wireless sensor networks for damage detection," proceedings of SPIE Conference: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical and Aerospace Systems, San Diego, CA, 2013
  • "Distributed neural computations for embedded sensor networks," coauthor, proceedings of SPIE Conference: Smart Structures and Materials and Non-Destructive Evaluation of Health Monitoring, San Diego, CA, 2011

Selected Grants

  • National Science Foundation, Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division, “RUI: Bio-Inspired Architectures Enabling Real-Time Feedback Control in Wireless Sensing and Actuating Networks,” August 2017–July 2020, $133,889

outside the college

Courtney and her husband, Adam (lab director for the engineering department), have one child, Molly. They enjoy backpacking, kayaking and being outdoors as much as possible.

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Dr. Courtney Peckens

Phone Number616.395.7021

VanderWerf-Room 223E 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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