• Research

    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.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    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

  • Awards and Honors

    2018 – Fulbright International Education Administrators Program to France
    2014 – Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council Regional Leader Award
    2012 – Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council Innovation Award, PowerHub System
    2005-2006 – Dean’s Award for Service, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2003-2006 – Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
    1997 – National Science Foundation CAREER Award
    1996-1997 – Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech


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

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Jack Lesko