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David Jack, Ph.D.
David Jack, Ph.D.
David Jack - Assistant Professor
The demand for lightweight, durable, composites has been the focus of industrial research for many years due to their exceptional strength to weight ratio.  With recent advances in the fabrication of materials with multi-scale inclusions, it is becoming increasingly important for the design engineer to have accurate and effective tools to aid them in the creation of advanced multifunctional products. The demand for accurate process and product prediction methods has significantly increased, both with the demand for high performance materials and with the desire to reduce production costs.

My research focuses on the analysis and design procedures that effectively, and efficiently, represent the relationship between the processing conditions and the final product performance for composites fabricated from a wide variety of engineering inclusions. My work spans the size spectrum, from the nano- to the macro-, and covers industrial applications ranging from niche military aerospace multifunctional aircraft panels to large volume, low price, automotive components.

I have developed approaches for physics-based predictive schemes for processing a composite product fabricated through injection, extrusion, or compression molding. There have been a wide variety of processing models developed during the last century for predicting inclusion orientation, but it is well understood that existing models drastically over predict the alignment rate. In addition, the most effective models are formulated exclusively for rigid inclusions, neglecting inclusions of current interest to the industry such as long glass/carbon fibers, carbon nanotubes, and of unique interest to Baylor, renewable coconut fibers. 
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science - Mechanical Eng. Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • Bachelors of Science - Engineering Physics Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • Masters of Science - Mech. and Aero. Eng. University of Missouri, 2003
  • Masters of Science - Applied Mathematics University of Missouri, 2006
  • Ph.D. - Mech. and Aero. Eng. University of Missouri, 2006
Professional Memberships
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Senior Member (since 2012)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Full Member (member since 2003)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineerings (member since 2012)
  • Society of Polymer Engineers, Senior Member (member since 2003)
  • Sigma Xi, Full Member (member since 2005)
  • Society of Rheology, Full Member (member since 2005)
  • Tau Beta Pi (member since 1999)
Publications
  • Over 15 peer reviewed articles in the top ranked composites, rheological and nano journals (for the complete list, select the publication list).
  • Over 40 peer reviewed articles in various conference proceedings (for the complete list, select the publication list).
Awards
  • Has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), L-3 Communications, Hess Inc., Baylor University's Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Program (URSA),and Baylor University's Undergraduate Research Committee (URC).
  • B.E.A.R.S. Best Presentation. Voted by the Baylor Engineering Graduate Students as "Best Presentation" by an ECS faculty member, 2009.
  • Very Effective Faculty Member (Greater than 90% "Excellent" ranking on student evaluations), Florida State University, Spring 2009.
  • Preparing Future Faculty Fellow (2005-2006).
  • Full Member of Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society (2006).
  • National Dean's List (2004).
  • GAANN Research Fellow, U.S. Department of Education (2003-2007).
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia (2003).
  • Highest Academic Honors, Colorado School of Mines (2001).
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines (2001).
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society (1999).
Academic Appointments
  • Asst. Professor - Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University 2009 - Present
  • Visiting Asst. Professor - Florida State University, 2007 - 2009.
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow - University of Missouri, 2007.
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