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Kenneth Reifsnider


[Reifsnider, Kenneth]
  • Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Ken Reifsnider is Presidential Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies at UTA with a joint appointment in UTAI and the Mechanical and Arerospace Department. He is also Emeritus Director of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells at the University of South Carolina.  He has also held Chaired faculty positions at the University of Connecticut, and at Virginia Tech where he chaired the Materials Engineering Science interdisciplinary PhD program. 

Dr. Reifsnider is an international expert on heterogeneous (composite) materials, and has pioneered their development and application to aerospace structures, fuel cells, jet engines, and turbines (as the Pratt & Whitney Chair at the University of Connecticut).  His signature book on Material Systems (Wiley) is the foundation for two graduate courses taught at USC (available online) and is widely cited.  His research interests include durability, damage tolerance and strength-life relationships in material systems, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, long term behavior, and fuel cell science and engineering.  

Professional Preparation

    • 1968 PhD in Metallurgy (Math),  none  The Johns Hopkins University


    • June 2015 to Present Presidential Distinguished Professor
      none   University of Texas Arlington
    • July 2007 to June 2015 University Distinguished Professor
      University of Connecticut   University of South Carolina
    • July 2002 to June 2007 University Professor
      University of Connecticut
    • Sept 1968 to June 2002 Reynolds Metals Professor
      board of directors, center for digital discourse, Virginia Tech


  • Academic Organizations
    • Sept 2004 to Present National Academy of Engineering
  • National Academy of Engineering
    • Sept 2004 to Present none
  • Fellow ASME
    • Sept 2003 to Present American Society for Mechanical Engineers

Awards and Honors

News Articles

    • Jan 2015 UT Arlington appoints National Academy Member to Faculty

      UT Arlington appoints National Academy of Engineering member to launch materials and structures institute

      Friday, January 23, 2015


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      Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June to lead a new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures.

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