Mark Pankow

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University


Mark Pankow is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University where he runs the Ballistic Loading and Structural Testing Lab (BLAST). Dr. Pankow completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor working with Tony Waas. Prior to joining NC State, he worked as a post-doc at the ARMY Research Laboratory understanding composite materials in extreme environments. He is currently involved in many different projects related to understanding composite materials at high rates including, how kevlar vests dissipate the energy of projectiles and the deformation of composite panels subjected to lighting strike.