Dr. Erik T. Thostenson

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
126 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Dr. Thostenson is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware and holds an affiliated appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Thostenson's research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of novel multifunctional composites and micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques. His research has been widely cited in the scientific literature. During the course of his research he has developed novel processing and characterization techniques for the development of structure/property relationships in nanotube-reinforced polymer and ceramic composites. Thostenson, who also holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, performed his master's and Ph.D. research at the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials. Dr. Thostenson also has a Bachelors' degree in Composite Materials Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Winona State University. Thostenson received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in addition to a Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He received the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from his alma mater Winona State University.

He also was the recipient of the Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award from the American Society for Composites recognizing researchers who early in their career have made a significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort. He was the recipient of the inaugural Hayashi International Memorial Award from the Japan Society for Composite Materials, recognizing outstanding young international researchers in the field of composites. Thostenson also received the Allan P. Colburn Prize for outstanding dissertation in the engineering and mathematical sciences (University of Delaware Office of Graduate Studies), the Roy L. McCullough Scholars Award (Center for Composite Materials) for exceptional contributions to the literature on composite materials, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Research Areas

Composite Materials
Processing and Characterization of Composite Materials Focusing on Carbon Nanotube and Advanced Fiber Reinforcements, Novel Multifunctional Composites, Micro/Nano Mechanics Modeling Techniques, Structural Health Monitoring and Nanotube-Based Damage Sensing.

Carbon Nanotubes, Polymer Nanofibers, Nanocomposites, in situ Sensing with Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomaterials Dispersion.

Aerospace Engineering
Composite Materials Manufacturing, Characterization and Analysis. Air Force Young Investigator Award Recipient.

Materials Engineering
Processing, Characterization and Modeling of Fiber Composites and Nanostructured Materials, Structure/Property Relations, Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoparticles.

Solid Mechanics
Modeling and Characterization of Composite Materials, Experimental Mechanics, Nanomechanics.

National Security
Multifunctional Composites for Defense Applications.

Global Initiative
Co-PI of Global Research Lab Program (Korea Institute of Materials Science).

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