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Brett G. Compton

Associate Professor


August 2021-Present
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

August 2015     July 2021
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

June 2014     July 2015
Materials Scientist in Additive Manufacturing
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

January 2013     April 2014
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard University


Developing new high-performance materials for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and developing the necessary fundamental understanding of AM processes to enable the application of rigorous engineering principles to AM components. This requires establishing the link between feedstock processing parameters, deposition parameters, and the mechanical and functional properties of the resulting materials through mechanical testing, numerical simulation, and modeling.

Of particular interest are printable fiber-reinforced polymer and ceramic matrix composites (PMC's and CMC's) and multi-material hybrid structures. These represent a huge area of untapped potential now accessible via additive manufacturing techniques. Potential areas of application include aerospace, nuclear power, armor, wear materials, and lightweight, highly efficient structures for the transportation sector.


Ph.D., 2012, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., 2006, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Professional Service

Member, American Ceramic Society, Engineering Ceramics Division
Gordon Research Conference Fellowship
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Student Scholarship

Peer reviewer for the International Journal of Impact Engineering, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Experimental Mechanics, Journal of Applied Mechanics, and European Journal of Mechanics-A/Solids


Awards and Recognitions

  • AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow, 2016
  • Invited Speaker  - NAE Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2016
  • R&D100 Award for GENOA 3D printing software with AlphaStar Corporation
  • Web of Science Highly Cited Paper: “3D-printing of lightweight cellular composites,” Advanced Materials, 2014
  • Cover Art: "3D Printing:  3D-Printing of Lightweight Cellular Composites," Advanced Materials, 26 (34), 6043 (2014)


M.R. O’Masta, B.G. Compton, E.A. Gamble, F.W. Zok, V.S. Deshpande, and H.N.G. Wadley, “Ballistic impact response of an UHMWPE fiber reinforced laminate encasing an aluminum-alumina hybrid panel,” International Journal of Impact Engineering, In press (2015).

M.R. Talagani, S. DorMohammadi, R. Dutton, C. Godines, H. Baid, F. Abdi, V. Kunc, B. Compton, S. Simunovic, C. Duty, L. Love, B. Post, and C. Blue, “Numerical Simulation of Big Area Additive Manufacturing (3D Priting) of a Full Size Car,” SAMPE Journal 51 (4) 27-36 (2015). 

Qin, B.G. Compton, J.A. Lewis, and M.J. Buehler, “Structural optimization of 3D-printed synthetic spider webs for high strength,” Nature Communications 6:7038 doi: 10.1038/ncomms8038 (2015).

B.G. Compton and J.A. Lewis, “3D-Printing of Lightweight Cellular Composites,” Advanced Materials, 26 (34), 5930-5935 (2014). doi: 10.1002/adma.201401804.

H.N.G. Wadley, M.R. O’Masta, K.P. Dharmasena, B.G. Compton, E.A. Gamble, and F.W. Zok, “Effect of Core Topology on Projectile Penetration in Hybrid Aluminum/Alumina Sandwich Structures,” International Journal of Impact Engineering, 62 99-113 (2013).

B.G. Compton and F.W. Zok, "Impact Resistance of TiC-based Cermets," International Journal of Impact Engineering, 62 75-87 (2013).

E.A. Gamble, B.G. Compton and F.W. Zok, "Impact Response of Layered Steel-Alumina Targets," Mechanics of Materials, 60 80-92 (2013). 

B.G. Compton, E.A. Gamble and F.W. Zok, “Failure Initiation during Impact of Metal Spheres onto Ceramic Targets,” International Journal of Impact Engineering, 55 11-23 (2013). 

B.G. Compton, E.A. Gamble V.S. Deshpande and F.W. Zok, “Damage Development in an Armor Alumina Impacted with Ductile Metal Spheres,” Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures 7 575-591 (2012). doi: 10.2140/jomms.2012.7.575

N.R. Philips, B.G. Compton and M.R. Begley, “High Strength Alumina Micro-Beams Fabricated by Inkjet Printing,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 95 3016–3018 (2012). doi: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2012.05395.x

M.R. Begley, N.R. Philips, B.G. Compton, D.V. Wilbrink, R.O. Ritchie and M. Utz, “Micromechanical models to guide the development of synthetic ‘brick and mortar’ composites,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids ,60 1545-1560 (2012). doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2012.03.002

E.A. Gamble, B.G. Compton, V.S. Deshpande, A.G. Evans and F.W. Zok, “Damage Development in an Armor Ceramic Under Quasi-Static Indentation,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94 S215-225 (2011). doi: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2011.04472.x

V.S. Deshpande, E.A.N. Gamble, B.G. Compton, R.M. McMeeking, A.G. Evans, and F.W. Zok, "A Constitutive Description of the Inelastic Response of Ceramics," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94 S204-214 (2011). doi: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2011.04516.x

F.Q. Yang, J.A. Nychka, G. Wang, W.H. Jiang, B.G. Compton, P.K. Liaw and Y. Yokoyama, “Plasto-hydrodynamic deformation of brittle bulk metallic glass at room temperature,” Journal of Physics D – Applied Physics, 41 (2008). doi: doi:10.1088/0022-3727/41/1/012005

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