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Christopher D. Pionke

Christopher D. Pionke

Associate Professor Emeritus


1993-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

1988-1992: Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant, School of Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

1988: Instructor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

1986-1987: Mechanical Engineer, Optic-Electronic Corp., Dallas, Texas.

1984-1985: Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

1983-1984: Assistant Professor (part-time without tenure), Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

1982-1984: Engineer Associate, Presearch Inc., Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


  • Structural mechanics with an emphasis on linear and non-linear finite element methods
  • Energy and variational methods
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Plate and shell analysis
  • Precision engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Engineering education, particularly engineering design, as well as the history of science and engineering


Ph.D., 1993, Georgia Institute of Technology

MS, 1988, University of Tennessee

BSES, 1982, University of Tennessee

BSEP, 1982, University of Tennessee

ISEP Scholar, 1980-81, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

Professional Service

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Society of Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi - Faculty Advisor and Treasurer, Tennessee Alpha Chapter
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Georgia

Awards and Recognitions

National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher, 1999


Mauldon, M., Arwood, S., and Pionke, C. D., "An Energy Approach to Rock Slope Stability Analysis," ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, submitted.

Taylor, M. J., Pionke, C. D., Luttrell, B., and Baker, A. J., "FEM Brought to the Engineering Desktop," Proceedings of the 1996 ASEE Southeastern Section Meeting, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, April 1996, pp. 60-65.

Wilson, C., Madukar, M., and Pionke, C. D., "A New Capstone Course in Undergraduate Solid Mechanics," Proceedings of the 1996 ASEE Southeastern Section Meeting, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, April 1996, pp. 215-222.

Wempner, G., and Pionke, C. D., "Instructor's Guide to Mechanics of Solids by G. A. Wempner," PWS-KENT, Boston, 1996.

Pionke C. D., and Wempner, G., "Finite Elements via the Hu-Washizu Theorem - Convergence and Error," Proceedings of MEET'N'93 - First Joint ASCE / ASME / SES Meeting, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 1993.

Pionke, C. D., and Wempner, G., "The Various Approximations of the Bimetallic Strip," ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 58, Dec. 1991, pp. 1015-1020.

Christopher D. Pionke

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