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Alex Stiles

PhD Student, Bredesen Center

Department of Energy Science & Engineering

Bredesen Center

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  • Biography

    Alex Stiles is a PhD student studying composites manufacturing and processing, with an emphasis on large scale rapid fabrication methods such as additive manufacturing.

    Research Interests

    • Large scale additive manufacturing with continuous fibers
    • Photopolymers
    • Composites manufacturing and fabrication
    • Composites design and FEA
    • Space structures and architectural composites


    • Bachelor of Science (BS, Mechanical Engineering), Illinois Institute of Technology 2012
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, Energy Science and Engineering) University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Expected 2021

    Professional Service

    • September 2016 – January 2018: Cordata Quads – Composites R&D Engineer
    • October 2010 – October 2016: Samambu, LLC – Founder  
    • December 2012 – June 2016: Holland LP – Product Engineer
    • December 2011 – August 2012: A.Finkl & Sons Co. – Metallurgical Lab Technician
    • February 2010 – August 2011: Brigham Young University – Physics Dept. Machine Shop Assistant

    Awards and Recognitions

    • President, SAMPE-UTK Student Organization (2018-2020)
    • 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention
    • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified


    • Patents:
      Auto-rack railcar panel bumper guard and side post guard apparatuses and methods of using the same. US9789885B2, issued Oct 17, 2017.
    • Grating connector and spacer apparatus, system, and methods of using the same. US9731730B2, issued Aug 15, 2017.
    • Strap tensioning buckle apparatus and methods of using the same. US9623788B2, issued Apr 18, 2017.
    • Research Posters:
      “The One-Second Cure: UV Cure vs. Thermal Cure in Styrene-Free Vinyl Ester Composites”
    • Primary author, Poster Presentation, SAMPE 2019 Conference, Charlotte
    • “Selection of E-Glass vs S-2 Glass for use in vinyl ester matrix composites”
    • Primary author,  Poster Presentation, 2019 MDF Peer Review, Oak Ridge National Labs
    • “Print Head Design for Additive Manufacturing of Continuous Fiber Polymeric Composites”
    • Co-author & mentor,  Poster Presentation, IACMI Summer 2019 Members Meeting, Denver
    • “Optical Strain Sensing for Fatigue Testing of Carbon Fiber Composite Component with Complex Geometry​”
    • Co-author & mentor,  Poster Presentation, 2019 MDF Peer Review, Oak Ridge National Labs


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