Jason Patrick

Assistant Professor

Dr. Patrick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University.  He is interested in the development of multifunctional, structural composites to address interdisciplinary challenges in modern aerospace, automotive, civil, and naval applications.

Dr. Patrick received both his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on the Illinois campus before returning to NC State as a faculty member in 2017.

Dr. Patrick currently teaches CE 325/525– (Matrix) Structural Analysis I/II.



Ph.D. 2014

Structural Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2007

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 2004

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Dr. Patrick develops next-generation, structural composites that can sense, respond and adapt to their environment. Motivated by natural phenomenon, his research is focused on creating "active" materials that achieve biomimetic, regulating functions such as self-healing. These multidisciplinary investigations span the fields of solid/fluid mechanics, chemistry, materials science, and even electrical engineering. Dr. Patrick has created novel fiber-composites containing 3D microvasculature that can achieve multifunctional performance (e.g. thermal regulation, electromagnetic modulation) via fluid circulation/substitution within the vascular networks. He employs the latest in materials fabrication techniques, e.g. 3D printing, to produce increasingly complex fiber-composite architectures. Dr. Patrick’s latest research involves the integration of microelectronic sensors into advanced composite systems for coupling structural health monitoring (i.e. self-sensing) with self-regulating functions. His vision for the future of fiber-composites remains focused on bioinspired enhancements to imbue these synthetic materials with evolutionary advantages in an engineered platform.


Robust sacrificial polymer templates for 3D interconnected microvasculature in fiber-reinforced composites
, (2017). Composites. Part A, Applied Science and Manufacturing, 100, 361–370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.05.022
Polymers with autonomous life-cycle control
Patrick, J. F., Robb, M. J., Sottos, N. R., Moore, J. S., & White, S. R. (2016), Nature, 540, 363–370. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21002
Strategies for volumetric recovery of large scale damage in polymers
Krull, B. P., Gergely, R. C. R., Cruz, W. A. S., Fedonina, Y. I., Patrick, J. F., White, S. R., & Sottos, N. R. (2016), Advanced Functional Materials, 26(25), 4561–4569. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201600486
Automatic optical crack tracking for double cantilever beam (DCB) specimens
Krull, B. P., Patrick, J. F., Sottos, N. R., & White, S. R. (2015), Experimental Techniques, 40(3), 937–945. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40799-016-0094-9
Multidimensional vascularized polymers using degradable sacrificial templates
Gergely, R. C. R., Pety, S. J., Krull, B. P., Patrick, J. F., Doan, T. Q., Coppola, A. M., … White, S. R. (2015), Advanced Functional Materials, 25(7), 1043–1052. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201403670
Continuous self-healing life cycle in vascularized structural composites
Patrick, J. F., Hart, K. R., Krull, B. P., Diesendruck, C. E., Moore, J. S., White, S. R., & Sottos, N. R. (2014), Advanced Materials, 26(25), 4302–4308. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201400248
Microfluidically switched frequency-reconfigurable slot antennas
King, A. J., Patrick, J. F., Sottos, N. R., White, S. R., Huff, G. H., & Bernhard, J. T. (2013), IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 12, 828–831. https://doi.org/10.1109/lawp.2013.2270940
Chemical treatment of poly(lactic acid) fibers to enhance the rate of thermal depolymerization
Dong, H. D., Esser-Kahn, A. P., Thakre, P. R., Patrick, J. F., Sottos, N. R., White, S. R., & Moore, J. S. (2012), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4(2), 503–509. https://doi.org/10.1021/am2010042
Microvascular based self-healing polymeric foam
Patrick, J. F., Sottos, N. R., & White, S. R. (2012), Polymer, 53, 4231–4240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2012.07.021
Three-dimensional microvascular fiber-reinforced composites
Esser-Kahn, A. P., Thakre, P. R., Dong, H. F., Patrick, J. F., Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K., Sottos, N. R., … White, S. R. (2011), Advanced Materials, 23(32), 3654–3658. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201100933

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Integrated Self-Healing and Self-Sensing using Optical Waveguides in Microvascular Fiber-Composites
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(12/07/17 - 12/06/20)
Collaborative Research: Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/14 - 10/31/19)