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David K. Irick

David K. Irick

Research Assistant Professor


1997-Present: Research Assistant Professor and Research Director, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Research Director, Magnet Development Laboratory, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Engineering Specialist, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Senior Engineer, Boeing Engineering Company, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Engineer, General Dynamics, Fort Worth, Texas.


  • Automotive testing for emissions and performance
  • Hybrid electric vehicle design and system integration
  • Alternative fuels utilization in vehicles
  • Computer integrated engineering and manufacturing


PhD, 1997, University of Tennessee

MS, 1995, University of Tennessee

BSME, 1980, University of Tennessee

Professional Service

  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Member and Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Senior Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Tennessee

Awards and Recognitions

2014 COE Charles Edward Ferris Faculty Award


Martovetsky, NN; Irick, DK, "Effect of Chrome Coating on Resistance of Sintered Joint for ITER Central Solenoid", IEEE Transactions On Applied Superconductivity, Volume 24, Issue 3, Article Number 4800303, DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2013.2281526, June 2014.

Chambon, P., Deter, D., Irick, D., and Smith, D., "PHEV Cold Start Emissions Management," SAE Int. J. Alt. Power. 2(2):252-260, 2013, doi:10.4271/2013-01-0358.

Howell, R., Routh, M., Childress, T., Pickelsimer, M., Irick, D., Smith, D., "The University of Tennessee's EcoCAR 2 Final Design Report," SAE Int. J. Alt. Power. 1(2):458-475, 2012, doi:10.4271/2012-01-1771.

Smith, D. E., Lohse-Busch, H., Irick, D. K., “A Preliminary Investigation into the Mitigation of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions Through Supervisory Control Methods,” SAE Int. J. Engines, August 2010.

Madhukar, Madhu S; Kidwell, Carolyn; Reed, Dick; Martovetsky, Nicolai; Irick, David K; "The Effects of Glass Weave on the Low Temperature Flexure Properties of Composite Laminates"; Journal Of Composite Materials, Volume 47, Issue 9, Pages 1117-1127, DOI: 10.1177/0021998312445593, Published April 2013.

Li, H., Irick, D. K., "Collaborative Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Vehicular Ad hoc Networks: Belief Propagation on Highway,” IEEE Paper 76-87800, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010.

Curran, J. S., Irick, D. K., “On-Road Emissions Evaluation of Student-Produced Biodiesel,” SAE Paper 2009-01-2674, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2009.

Viatcheslav I. Naumov, V. I., Irick, D. K., Demin, A. V., " Chemical Non-Equilibrium Model of Advanced Combustion Regimes in a Direct- Injected Diesel Engine," SAE Paper 2008-01-0842, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2008.

Hodgson, J. W., Irick, D. K., Fussel, L. S., "Automotive Emissions," in The Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation, John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

David K. Irick

Contact Information

  • 401 Dougherty Hall
  • Phone: 865-974-0863
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