Frank Zok is Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves as Director of the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence in Composites at UCSB and has been Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society for over twenty years.
Zok earned B.E.Sc. and M.E.Sc. degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from McMaster University, Canada, all in Materials Engineering. His research over the past twenty years has addressed issues in mechanical and thermal properties of multiphase materials and structures, including ceramic matrix composites, armor ceramics and cermets, mineralized biomaterials, lattices, and various polymer- and metal-matrix composites.
Zok has contributed to five book chapters and co-authored 160 scientific publications, including 38 that appeared in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Among the latter, the last two have been highlighted as Editor’s Featured Articles. Zok also led the UCSB team that won the 2010 DARPA-sponsored $50,000 challenge on Digital Manufacturing Analysis, Correlation and Estimation (among over 50 teams from 13 countries worldwide).