- Randall “Ty” Pollak
Lt Col, USAF, Military Faculty, Assistant Professor
Mail Code: SP
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Email: randall.pollak (at) us.af.mil
PhD - Air Force Inst of Technology, 2005
Materials Science & Engineering
MS - Air Force Inst of Technology, 1999
BS - Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
- 2007-present, Military Faculty
- 2006-2007, Commander’s Action Group, HQ AF Materiel Command
- 2005-2006, Chief, Electronic & Optical Materials Development Section, AFRL/RX
- 1999-2002, Operations Research Analyst, HQ AFOTEC
- 1994-1997, Cruise Missile Flight Test Engineer, 49th Test Squadron
- Solid mechanics, materials science, spacecraft structures, space technology
- Materials behavior, fatigue life prediction, nanotechnology for aerospace applications
- AFOTEC Analyst of the Year (CGO), 2000 and 2002
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Senior Member
- ASM International, Member
- Bily MA, Kwon YW, Pollak RD. “Study of composite interface fracture and crack growth monitoring using carbon nanotubes," Applied Composite Materials, 17:347-362, 2010.
- Ryglowski BK, Pollak RD, Kwon YW. “Characterizing the stability of carbon nanotube enhanced water as a heat transfer nanofluid,” Proc. of the ASME 2010 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conf., Bellevue WA, 2010.
- Pollak RD, Palazotto AN. “A comparison of maximum likelihood models for fatigue strength characterization in materials exhibiting a fatigue limit,” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 24:236-241, 2009.
- Pollak RD, Palazotto AN, Nicholas T. “A simulation-based investigation of the staircase method for fatigue strength testing,” Mechanics of Materials, 38:1170-1181, 2006.
- Pollak RD. “Evaluation of the staircase test method using numerical simulation,” Appendix D in High Cycle Fatigue, Elsevier Science (Oxford), 2006.
- Colebank JE, Jones RD, Nagy GR, Pollak RD, Mannebach DR, Kramer SC, Agnes GS. “SIMSAT: a satellite system simulator and experimental test bed for Air Force research,” AIAA Space Technology Conf. and Expo., Albuquerque NM, 1999.
- Keywords: Mechanics, materials, systems engineering, nanotechnology