Curricula Vitae

Professional Experience

2017 – present Professor, Transdisciplinary Studies
Co-Director, Engineering and Design Institute
Nexus Learning Advocate
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, & Commerce, and
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2017 Visiting Scientist
RWTH Aachen University
Institute für Textiltechnik
Aachen, Germany
2012- 2017 Professor, Transdisciplinary Studies
Co-Director, Engineering and Design Institute
Nexus Learning Advocate
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, & Commerce, and
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
2002–2012 Professor, Engineering
Co-Director, Engineering and Design Institute,
Program Director, Architectural Engineering
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
1995-2002 Associate Professor (tenured 2001),
Director of Research,
Program Director: Textile Engineering
Program Director: Fibrous Materials Science,
School of Textiles and Materials Technology,
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
1995 Visiting Research Professor,
Department of Textiles, University of Gent
1993-95 Associate Professor, (tenured, 1995)
Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science,
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
1990-93 Assistant Professor,
Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science,
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
1988-94 Visiting Research Professor,
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (Summers)
1988-90 Assistant Professor,
Department of Materials Engineering,
Drexel University
Associate Director, Fibrous Materials Research Center,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
1984-88 Research Engineer,
Department of Materials Engineering,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Education

Ph.D. Materials Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, March 1988;  A Processing Science Model for Three Dimensional Braiding

M.S. Mathematics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, June 1986.  Concentration: Computer Aided Geometric Design.

B. A. Mathematics, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA, June 1982

Recognized Creative and Professional Achievement

Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award, “Lightweighting Composites through Selective Fiber Placement”, C. Pastore, 2015 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 2015.

President’s Award for Excellence, Philadelphia University, 2015.

Citation for Distinction, National Institute of Building Sciences, for the MS Sustainable Design, February 2012,

Citizen of the Week, Ambler Gazette, September, 2010.

Best Practices in Communication – Honorable Mention, (for EcoMan and The Skeptic podcast), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, December 2009.

Excellence in Education Award, (for MS in Sustainable Design Program) United States Green Building Council, 2009

Excellence in Sustainability Education, (for Engineering and Design Institute) Delaware Valley Green Building Council, 2007

Philadelphia Sustainability Award, (for Engineering and Design Institute) Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 2007

Leadership in Sustainable Building, (for Engineering and Design Institute) Pennsylvania Resources Council, 2004

Director’s Award, Systems Competency, National Textile Center, 2004

Best presentation, National Textile Center, Second Year Projects, 2002, Architectural Fabric Structures

Award for Distinguished Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science, The Fiber Society, 2000

Commendation from Philadelphia School District – Career to School program, advising high school students in engineering curricula, 1998

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1994, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University

Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, 1994Scholarly Activities

 

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Courses Taught
Philadelphia University

  • Advanced Textile Composites
  • Analytical Methods
  • Architectural Engineering Senior Design
  • Behavior of Materials
  • Composite Materials: Design and Analysis
  • Design of Green Materials
  • Eco-Innovation and Sustainability (Environmental Science)
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Engineering Senior Design I & II
  • Engineering Statics
  • Experimental Materials
  • Experimental Structures
  • Fabric Mechanics
  • Fabric Studies
  • Fibrous Composite Materials
  • Foundations: Fabric Studies
  • Integrative Design Process
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Structural Analysis
  • Introductory Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics of Textiles
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Processing of Polymers and Fibers
  • Structural Design of Compressive Systems
  • Structural Design of Tensile Systems
  • Structures I
  • Structures II
  • Textile Engineering Senior Design I & II
  • Textile Materials
  • Textile Problem Solving
  • Yarn Mechanics

North Carolina State University

  • Design of a Composite Baja Vehicle
  • Introduction to Fiber Science
  • Introduction to Textiles
  • Mechanical Properties of Textiles
  • Physical Properties of Textile Fibers
  • Physical Properties of Textiles
  • Textile Composite Materials
  • Textile Composites
  • Textile Honors Seminar
  • Textile Materials Science Design I
  • Textile Materials Science Design II

Drexel University

  • Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Numerical Methods for Materials Engineering
  • Senior Design Thesis