John D. Whitcomb

Professor - Aerospace Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-4006

Fax: (979) 845-6446


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  • Ph.D. 1988, Materials Engineering Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S. 1976, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. 1973, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Research Interests

Actively involved in damage mechanics of composite materials. The broad goal is to develop analytical models to explain the response of composites to static and fatigue loads. Also involved in predicting non-mechanical behaviors, such as moisture diffusion and permeability to cryogenic fuels. Ultimately, the goal is to predict the response of potential composite structures without the need for extensive experimental effort. The analytical models range from simple closed form analyses to fully three dimensional nonlinear finite element analyses.


  • 1989 - Present
  • Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 1974 - 1989
  • Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Mechanics of Materials Branch


  • Owens, B. C., Whitcomb, J., Varghese, J., "Effect of Finite Thickness and Free Edges on Stresses in Plain Weave Composites", Journal of Composite Materials, Mar 2010; vol. 44: pp. 675 - 692.
  • K. Maxwell, J. Whitcomb, Z. Ounaies, and A. Barhoumi*, "Finite Element Analysis of a Three-Phase Piezoelectric Nanocomposite", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Volume 21, No. 11, pp. 1073-1084, July 2010.
  • Piezoelectric Nanocomposite". J. of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 21, pp. 1073-1084, July 2010. Varghese, J., Owens, B., Whitcomb, J., "Simulation of Oxidation in Textile Composites". J. Composite Materials. Published online, January 2011.