recognized for his work in standards and codes for advanced materials,
Michael Jenkins joined UDM in September as professor and chair of
the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He brings expertise in
the thermomechanical behavior of composite and monolithic structural
ceramics, damage mechanics and experimental mechanics.
Jenkins previously was a professor and associate chair of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle where he
had also served as an associate professor and assistant professor.
At U-W, he supervised more than 40 undergraduate independent-study
projects, several of which achieved wide recognition.
Prior to joining the academic community, he was a development staff
member and research engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in
Tennessee, where he focused on the characterization of the elevated-temperature
tensile, flexural and fracture properties of monolithic and composite
Jenkins received his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree
from Marquette University in his native Wisconsin, his master’s
from Purdue University, and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Upon receiving his doctorate, he was an invited researcher at the
Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo.
His career also has included work as a test project engineer at
PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon, WA, where he was charged
with devising and supervising the testing of vehicle components,
and a project engineer at Art Anderson Associates in Bremerton,
WA. There, he was a special project engineer for the development
of computer software for consulting work in marine engineering.
Registered as a professional engineer in both Tennessee and Washington,
he also served as a consultant for various companies.
He is actively involved in seven professional organizations. A
fellow of The American Society for Testing and Materials, Jenkins
was elected chair of the organization’s Committee C28 on Advanced
Ceramics. In a related event, he recently was elected vice chair
of ISO TC206 on Fine Ceramics. He has authored numerous articles
and presentations and is in the process of co-writing a text book
on applied fracture mechanics.
A recognized educator, he has served summer faculty fellowships
at NASA-Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Boeing-Welliver
Program in Seattle.
Jenkins sees his role at UDM as an opportunity to “give something
back to the Jesuit educational system that has played such a major
role in the success of my professional career. I take pride in the
breadth of the education I received at Marquette University that
instilled in me the skills and drive for life-long learning.”
He continues, “My commitment to quality undergraduate education
and the Jesuit traditions of excellence in higher education is unwavering.
I believe in the pedagogical soundness of experiential learning
and the insight students gain from ‘doing and then saying.’”