Mark Pankow

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Pankow is interested in composite materials and materials subjected to high rates of loading, including blast and ballistic performance.

Dr. Pankow has taught MAE 214, 371, 472, 537 and 589. His research focuses on materials in extreme environments. His prospective graduate students need to be self-motivated, have some background in experimental work (not be afraid to get their hands dirty), and be solid in analysis, too.

Outside of work, Dr. Pankow enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Composites for Extreme Environments


Ph.D. 2010

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

M.S.E. 2007

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

B.S. 2005

Mechanical Engineering

California Polytechnic State University

Research Description

Dr. Pankow's long-term goal is to contribute to the advancement of our understanding of high impact bio-mechanics with an emphasis on the mechanical effects on the skull-brain system. Dr. Pankow is presently studying the underlying failure mechanisms in blast loading on composite materials. This study is being performed experimentally and is drawing its data largely from high-speed image capture of blast samples. The results can be applied to blast resistant structures (aircraft, buildings, etc). He is also currently studying blast structure-human interaction. This study examines the effects of shock-wave loading on skull-brain systems that vary in their mechanical properties. This research is aimed at applications that reduce the risks of traumatic brain injury.


A generalized analytical model for predicting the tensile behavior of 3D orthogonal woven composites using finite deformation approach
Midani, M., Seyam, A.-F., & Pankow, M. (2018), JOURNAL OF THE TEXTILE INSTITUTE, 109(11), 1465–1476.
Composition and structure of porcine digital flexor tendon-bone insertion tissues
Chandrasekaran, S., Pankow, M., Peters, K., & Huang, H. Y. S. (2017), Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A, 105(11), 3050–3058.
Dynamic polarization microscopy for in-situ measurements of collagen fiber realignment during impact
Wu, X. Y., Huang, H. Y. S., Pankow, M., & Peters, K. (2017), In Mechanics of biological systems and materials, vol 6 (pp. 61–66).
Exploring how optimal composite design is influenced by model fidelity and multiple objectives
Joglekar, S., Von Hagel, K., Pankow, M., & Ferguson, S. (2017), Composite Structures, 160, 964–975.
High-speed 3D digital image correlation of low-velocity impacts on composite plates
Flores, M., Mollenhauer, D., Runatunga, V., Beberniss, T., Rapking, D., & Pankow, M. (2017), Composites. Part B, Engineering, 131, 153–164.
Interaction of delaminations and matrix cracks in a CFRP plate, Part I: A test method for model validation
McElroy, M., Jackson, W., Olsson, R., Hellstrom, P., Tsampas, S., & Pankow, M. (2017), Composites. Part A, Applied Science and Manufacturing, 103, 314–326.
Interaction of delaminations and matrix cracks in a CFRP plate, Part II: Simulation using an enriched shell finite element model
McElroy, M. W., Gutkin, R., & Pankow, M. (2017), Composites. Part A, Applied Science and Manufacturing, 103, 252–262.
Interrogation of a spectral profile division multiplexed FBG sensor network using a modified particle swarm optimization method
Guo, G. D., Hackney, D., Pankow, M., & Peters, K. (2017), Measurement Science & Technology, 28(5).
Modeling of 3D woven composites using the digital element approach for accurate prediction of kinking under compressive loads
Joglekar, S., & Pankow, M. (2017), Composite Structures, 160, 547–559.
A spectral profile multiplexed FBG sensor network with application to strain measurement in a Kevlar woven fabric
Guo, G. D., Hackney, D., Pankow, M., & Peters, K. (2017), In Sensors and smart structures technologies for civil, mechanical, and aerospace systems 2017 (Vol. 10168).

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Dynamic Characterization of Nonwoven Properties - NWI Core Project
NCSU Nonwovens Institute(8/15/18 - 8/14/19)
MRI: Acquisition of a Nano-Computed Tomography System for Nondestructive 3D Microstructural Imaging
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/18 - 7/31/19)
Lightweight Strain-Energy Deployed Spacecraft Booms
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(6/15/18 - 6/14/19)
Physics-Based Models for Manufacturing of Advanced Materials
US Army - Army Research Laboratory(10/01/17 - 3/01/19)
TSA Testing of UHMWPE for Chesapeake
Chesapeake Testing (6/01/17 - 10/11/17)
Multi-Lens Array, PEC Enhancement Project
Facebook Technologies, LLC (formerly Oculus VR, LLC)(3/01/17 - 12/31/18)
Spectral Profile Multiplexing of FBG Sensors to Enable Low-Power Optical Sensor Networks
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/15 - 8/31/19)
High Repetition-Rate Shape Sensing Using Fiber Bragg Gratings (HISS)
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(9/09/15 - 12/08/18)
REU Site: Summer Internships in Composites for Extreme Performance
National Science Foundation (NSF)(2/01/15 - 1/31/19)
Collaborative Research: Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/14 - 10/31/19)