Cody Pack is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), working under the direction of Dr. Brett Compton. Mr. Pack received his B.S. in Chemistry from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, TN. While at LMU, he gained his first research experience in the area of polymer formulation and production for removal of heavy metals from water supplies. Prior to starting his graduate studies at UTK, Mr. Pack spent a year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), investigating the use and applications of strategic and critical materials in the National Stockpile.
In the fall of 2014, Mr. Pack received his Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering with his thesis, “Protective Coating of Titanium Diboride Reinforcement Particulates for Improvement of Titanium Metal Matrix Composite Armor Systems.” During the summer of 2015, he interned at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL, where he gained experience in additive manufacturing (AM) of ceramics and polymer composites. His current research focuses on the processing, fabrication, and characterization of ceramic/metal composites with novel architectures, enabled by direct ink-write (DIW) AM technology. Such composites may enable patient-specific bone implants with superior strength and biocompatibility, longer-lasting brake pads with tailored heat flow paths and cooling channels, and more effective armor materials.
During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, Mr. Pack served as a graduate teaching assistant for the senior-level course on biomaterials and the junior-level Principles of Materials Laboratory. In previous summers, Mr. Pack has assisted with the Materials Teachers Camp, hosted by the Oak Ridge Chapter of ASM, and served as a mentor for local high school students attending the annual Materials Camp.