• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rebecca and Charles Kitowski ’91 Faculty Fellow
Thomas Lacy

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology — 1998
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology — 1992
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico — 1983

Research Interests

    • Multifunctional composite materials for extreme environments
    • Multiscale modeling
    • Hypervelocity impacts
    • Durability and damage tolerance

Awards & Honors

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow
  • Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Member
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2009

Selected Publications

  • Lee, J., Gharghabi, P., Boushab, D., Ricks, T.M., Lacy, T.E., Pittman Jr., C.U., Mazzola, M.S., and Velicki, A., 2018, “Artificial Lightning Strike Tests on PRSEUS Panels,” Composites Part B, 154, 467-477, (DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.09.016).
  • DuPont, J., Yamada, Y., Lacy, T.E., and Newman Jr., J.C., 2018, “Prediction of Fatigue-Crack Growth for 7075-T7351 Aluminum Alloy Under Various Flight-Load Spectra,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 177, 79-94 (DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.03.023).
  • Warren, J., Offenberger, S., Toghiani, H., Pittman, Jr., C.U., Lacy, T.E., Kundu, S., 2015, “Effect of Temperature on Shear-thickening Behavior,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 18650−18661, (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b05094).
  • Jang, C., Lacy, T.E., Gwaltney, S.R., Toghiani, H., and Pittman Jr., C.U., 2012, “A Relative Reactivity Volume Criterion for Crosslinking: Application to Vinyl Ester Resin Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” Macromolecules, 45(11), 4876−4885.
  • Lacy, T.E., McDowell, D.L., and Talreja, R., 1999, “Gradient Concepts for Evolution of Damage,” Mechanics of Materials, 31(12), 831-861.