Research

Dr. Jenkins has a B.S. in physics from Florida Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from OregonState University. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, authored or edited 5 books (including a textbook), is a registered engineer in 4 states, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. While at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he established the Compliant Structures Laboratory, a nationally recognized leader in ultra-lightweight and flexible structures technology.

His current professional interests include biologically-inspired design, integration of mechanics-materials-design, and ultra-lightweight structures technology. Dr. Jenkins consults for the Air Force Research Lab, NASA, and several industrial partners.

Current and recent past research projects include:

  • “Nanofiber Nanocomposites for Novel Space Mirror Backing Structure,” AFRL
  • “Intelligent Passive Damping of Membrane Space Structures,” AFRL
  • “Self-Repair of Space Structures,” AFRL
  • “Matched and Ultra-Low CTE Optical Materials ,” MDA
  • “Mirror Backing Structures: Novel Resins for Aerospace Applications,” AFRL
  • “Advanced Smart Structures, AFRL
  • “Nano-Gradient Adhesive Joints,” AFRL
  • “Optical Diagnostics Systems for Solar Sails,” NASA
  • “Advanced Computational Methods for Solar Sails,” NASA