Mark Pankow

Associate 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

Education

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.

Publications

Dynamic back face deformation measurement with a single optical fibre
Seng, F., Hackney, D., Goode, T., Noevere, A., Hammond, A., Velasco, I., … Schultz, S. (2021), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING, 150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2020.103800
The Influence of Powder Reuse on the Properties of Nickel Super Alloy ATI 718 (TM) in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing
Rock, C., Ledford, C., Garcia-Avila, M., West, H., Miller, V. M., Pankow, M., … Horn, T. (2021), METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS B-PROCESS METALLURGY AND MATERIALS PROCESSING SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11663-020-02040-2
Use of enriched shell elements compared to solid elements for modelling delamination growth during impact on composites
McElroy, M., Andre, A., Goode, T., Costa, S., Olsson, R., & Pankow, M. (2021), COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.113945
Validation of an efficient finite element analysis approach for simulation of low velocity impact and compression strength after impact response
Joglekar, S., Ranatunga, V., & Pankow, M. (2021), COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 255. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112945
A structural-based computational model of tendon-bone insertion tissues
Kuznetsov, S., Pankow, M., Peters, K., & Huang, H.-Y. S. (2020), MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES, 327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2020.108411
Analysis of Self-Organized Patterned Surface Oxide Spots on Ejected Spatter Produced during Laser Powder Bed Fusion
Rock, C., Vadlakonda, R., Figurskey, S., Ledford, C., West, H., Miller, V., … Horn, T. (2020), Additive Manufacturing, 35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2020.101320
Minimal Unpowered Strain-Energy Deployment Mechanism for Rollable Spacecraft Booms: Ground Test
Firth, J. A., & Pankow, M. R. (2020), JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS, Vol. 57, pp. 346–353. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A34565
Performance evaluation of two progressive damage models for composite laminates under various speed impact loading
Sridharan, S., & Pankow, M. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING, 143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2020.103615
Survivability of integrated fiber Bragg grating sensors in ballistic protection fabrics for high velocity impact testing
Hackney, D., Goode, T., Seng, F., Pankow, M., Schultz, S., & Peters, K. (2020), OPTICAL FIBER TECHNOLOGY, 60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yofte.2020.102356
Advanced Dual-Pull Mechanism for Deployable Spacecraft Booms
Firth, J. A., & Pankow, M. R. (2019), JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS, Vol. 56, pp. 569–576. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A34243

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Grants

Robust In-Space Structure Assembly Concepts
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(6/01/21 - 9/25/22)
Membership in PE Consortium, In-Kind
Smart Material Solutions LLC(1/01/20 - 12/31/20)
Develop Preliminary Tools and Devices for Precision Medical Devices, PE Consortium Core Project 9
PE CONSORTIUM(6/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Membership in PE Consortium, Associate Member
MIT Lincoln Laboratory(1/01/20 - 12/31/21)
IPA Assignment for Dr. Pankow
National Reconnaissance Office(10/01/20 - 9/30/22)
Precision Path Motion for Dynamic Actuation, PEC Core Project 7
PE CONSORTIUM(10/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Microindentation, PEC Core Project 6
PE CONSORTIUM(7/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Develop Machining Processes to Produce Optimal Surface Finish in Pure Metals, PEC Core Project 8
PE CONSORTIUM(10/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Impact Protection Design Solutions Using AI/Neural Networks
Windpact(10/01/19 - 6/30/20)
Indentation of µm Lens Molds on Aluminum and Si Substrates, PEC Enhancement Project
Facebook Technologies, LLC (formerly Oculus VR, LLC)(7/01/19 - 6/30/21)