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Jack Lesko

Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Design, Materials & Manufacturing
Jack Lesko
107 Randolph Hall
460 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Structural mechanics
  • Polymer physics
  • Structural and interdisciplinary design

Lesko’s research is primarily focused on the mechanics of composite material systems. He investigates the interdisciplinary aspects of durability and damage mechanics for polymeric and composite material systems. His work has resulted in the implementation of in-service structures/systems using new multi-functional composite technologies and the creation of reliability-based standards for their design in industrial and international codes. Currently, he is exploring distributed and utility inter-operable power transfer systems for evolving smart grid, including policy and economic aspects of future deployment.

Dr. Lesko's publications on Google Scholar.

  • 2019–Present, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2011-2020, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 1988-Present, Research & Engineering Consultant
  • 2008-2016, Co-Founder & VP for Engineering, PowerHub Systems, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 2007-2008, Special Assistant to the OVPR on Energy Issues
  • 2005-2007, Faculty Administrative Fellow, Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech
  • 1995-2019, Assistant/Associate and Professor, Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 1994-1995, Research Associate/Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 1989-1994, Senior Graduate & Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 1987-1989, Structural Test Engineer, David Taylor Research Center, US Navy, Carderock, Maryland

2018 – Fulbright International Education Administrators Program to France

  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1994
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1991
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 1987