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.


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).
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. (Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, ) (pp. 61-66).
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.
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.
Split Hopkinson bar measurement using high-speed full-spectrum fiber Bragg grating interrogation
Seng, F., Hackney, D., Goode, T., Shumway, L., Hammond, A., Shoemaker, G., Pankow, M., Peters, K., & Schultz, S. (2016), Applied Optics, 55(25), 7179-7185.
Point of impact: the effect of size and speed on puncture mechanics
Anderson, P. S. L., LaCosse, J., & Pankow, M. (2016), Interface Focus, 6(3).
Simulation of high rate failure mechanisms in composites during quasi-static testing
Pankow, M., & McWilliams, B. A. (2016), In Mechanics of composite and multifunctional materials, vol 7. (Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, ) (pp. 445-450).
Dynamic failure mechanisms in woven ceramic fabric reinforced metal matrix composites during ballistic impact
McWilliams, B. A., Yu, J. H., & Pankow, M. (2016), In Residual stress, thermomechanics & infrared imaging, hybrid techniques and inverse problems, vol 9. (Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, ) (pp. 155-159).
High-speed 3D digital image correlation of low-velocity impacts on composite plates
Flores, M. D., Mollenhauer, D., Runatunga, V., Berbeniss, T., Rapking, D., & Pankow, M. (2015), (Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Thirtieth Technical Conference, ) (pp. 2120-2135).
Student simulation challenge: A competition-based composites education opportunity
Pochiraju, K., Iarve, E., Haque, B., & Pankow, M. (2015), (Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Thirtieth Technical Conference, ) (pp. 1160-1170).

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Spectral Profile Multiplexing of FBG Sensors to Enable Low-Power Optical Sensor Networks
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/15 - 8/31/18)
High Repetition-Rate Shape Sensing Using Fiber Bragg Gratings (HISS)
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(9/09/15 - 9/08/18)
REU Site: Summer Internships in Composites for Extreme Performance
National Science Foundation (NSF)(2/01/15 - 1/31/18)
Development of Tethered Cubesat Program
NCSU NC Space Grant Consortium(4/01/14 - 2/01/15)
Dynamic Structure-Property Evolution at the Tendon-to-Bone Insertions
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/15/14 - 4/30/17)