Dr. John W. Gillespie, Jr.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Delaware
201 Composites Manufacturing Science Laboratory
Newark, DE 19716

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Professor Gillespie's Curriculum Vitae

Executive Summary

Dr. Gillespie is an internationally recognized authority in composites. Dr. Gillespie has served the University of Delaware in several roles since 1981, achieving the position of Director of the Center for Composite Materials in 1996. He received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, is the Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and holds joint appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He leads four Centers of Excellence in Composites on processing, mechanics and performance of multifunctional composite materials and an industrial consortium with more than 60 companies conducting research at the forefront of the science of composites that address real-world engineering problems. He has served as a member of the influential National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, and Chair of the National Materials Advisory Board Committee on High-Performance Structural Fibers for Advanced Polymer-Matrix Composites. He has been Editor of the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials since 1993, and he serves on numerous international editorial boards. Dr. Gillespie was awarded the U.S. Army`s Paul A. Siple Memorial Award in 1998 for his research on processing of multifunctional armor materials. The prestigious Jud Hall Composites Manufacturing Award was bestowed in 2000 by the Composites Manufacturing Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was also one of only six individuals elected to the 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows. In 2015, he was one of four elected as a Fellow of SAMPE. Dr. Gillespie has co-authored more than 800 publications and 19 patents. He has graduated 56 Master`s and 38 Ph.D. students, of which 9 are currently faculty members at other universities. His research interests include processing-structure-property relationships, interphase and adhesion science, mechanical properties and durability and multi-scale modeling of composites.

Key Publications

Haque, B. Z., M. A. Molla, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Modeling Transverse Impact on UHMWPSoft Ballistic Sub-Laminate,” Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Accepted February 2016.

Sockalingam, S. R. Bremble, J. W. Gillespie, Jr., and M. Keefe, “Transverse Compression Behavior of Kevlar KM2 Single Fiber,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 81, pp. 271 – 281, February 2016.

Haque, B. Z., S. C. Chowdhury, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Molecular Simulations of Stress Wave Propagation and Perforation of Graphene Sheets under Transverse Impact,” Carbon, accepted February 2016.

ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee Best Paper Award at the 39th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Boston, MA, August 4, 2015, J-H Park, S. Yarlagadda, P. Stegall, J. Tierney, S. K. Agrawal, S. Sharma, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “Wearable Upper Body Suit for Assisting Human Load Carriage.”

Sockalingam, S., J. W. Gillespie, Jr., and M. Keefe, “Dynamic Modeling of Kevlar KM2 Single Fiber Subjected to Transverse Impact,” International Journal of Solids and Structures,; 67-68, pp. 297 – 310, August 2015

Kelly, G. S., S. G. Advani, and J. W. Gillespie, Jr., “A Model to Describe Stick-slip Transition Time During Ultrasonic Consolidation,” International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, DOI 10.1007.s00170-015-6939-z, March 2015.

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