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Samuel R. Pankratz

Graduate Research Assistant, MS.

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    As a Tennessee native, Sam was born in the area and always aspired to study engineering at the University of Tennessee. After completing a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering at UT, he has continued his studies to research applications of additive manufacturing as well as high performance composites for hypersonic applications. In his spare time, Sam enjoys flying model aircraft and ultralight vehicles. 

    Research Interests

    • High temperature composites
    • additive manufacturing
    • engineering polymers
    • tooling


    • Masters in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Graduating in 2024
    • BS in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 2022

    Professional Service

    • member of Tau Beta Pi, AIAA, SAMPE

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Top senior in aerospace engineering, spring 2022


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