Center Director Dr. Maciej Kumosa, John Evans Professor of the University of Denver

Dr. Maciej Kumosa is the Center Director for the HVT Center and John Evans Professor at University of Denver. He worked six years (1985-1990) at the University of Cambridge in England. Between 1990 and 1997 he was a Professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Kumosa’s research includes experimental and numerical failure analyses of advanced composite systems for electrical and aerospace applications. He has performed sponsored research for a variety of private and federal funding agencies in the US including NSF, AFOSR, NASA, EPRI, GE Aircraft Engines, BPA, WAPA, APC, PGE, LM, Tri-State, and several others.

Dr. Kumosa has published over 110 publications in major international composites, materials science, applied physics, applied mechanics and IEEE journals, plus another 100 in international conference proceedings, engineering magazines, industrial reports, websites and others. He has also supervised fifteen Ph.D. and fifteen MS theses. Dr. Kumosa is on the Editorial Board of Composites Science and Technology, the #1 international journal in composite materials with the highest Impact Factor.

Personal interests: mounting living, gardening, piano, world history, investing, and fly fishing.

Areas of Research

Dr. Kumosa’s primary research interests are related to the application of advanced composite systems in extreme environments, such as very high and very low temperatures, high voltage, stress/strain, moisture, corrosion, ozone, UV radiation, or other degradation conditions.

Under these extreme conditions, both man-made and natural composites for aerospace, electrical, automotive, bioengineering, construction, electronic, etc. applications disintegrate with time changing their physical, chemical and mechanical properties.

Dr. Kumosa is especially interested in developing both experimental and numerical multiscale tools, which could be used to predict and prevent these changes in a variety of composite structures based on polymers, silicone rubbers and novel metals.

Most of the above research issues are being presently investigated in Dr. Kumosa’s new National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/High Temperature Materials and Structures.

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