Jason Patrick

Asst Professor

  • Fitts-Woolard Hall 3349

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.


A methodology for measuring heat transfer coefficient and self-similarity of thermal regulation in microvascular material systems
Devi, U., Kumar, S. R., Nakshatrala, K. B., & Patrick, J. F. (2023), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, 217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124614
Configuration-independent thermal invariants under flow reversal in thin vascular systems
Nakshatrala, K. B., Adhikari, K., Kumar, S. R., & Patrick, J. F. (2023), PNAS NEXUS, 2(8). https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad266
Electrically conductive and 3D-printable copolymer/MWCNT nanocomposites for strain sensing
Hia, I. L., Snyder, A. D., Turicek, J. S., Blanc, F., Patrick, J. F., & Therriault, D. (2023), COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2022.109850
Polymer-derived SiOC reinforced with core-shell nanophase structure of ZrB2/ZrO2 for excellent and stable high-temperature microwave absorption (up to 900 degrees C)
Jia, Y., Yang, N., Xu, S., Snyder, A. D. D., Patrick, J. F. F., Kumar, R., … Xu, C. (2023), SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-27541-3
Topological effects of 3D-printed copolymer interlayers on toughening and in situ self-healing in laminated fiber-composites
Turicek, J. S., Snyder, A. D., Nakshatrala, K. B., & Patrick, J. F. (2023), COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2023.110073
Prolonged in situ self-healing in structural composites via thermo-reversible entanglement
Snyder, A. D., Phillips, Z. J., Turicek, J. S., Diesendruck, C. E., Nakshatrala, K. B., & Patrick, J. F. (2022), NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-33936-z
A Microvascular-Based Multifunctional and Reconfigurable Metamaterial
Devi, U., Pejman, R., Phillips, Z. J., Zhang, P., Soghrati, S., Nakshatrala, K. B., … Patrick, J. F. (2021, August 16), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202100433
Metallophobic Coatings to Enable Shape Reconfigurable Liquid Metal Inside 3D Printed Plastics
Ma, J., Bharambe, V. T., Persson, K. A., Bachmann, A. L., Joshipura, I. D., Kim, J., … Dickey, M. D. (2021), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 13(11), 12709–12718. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c17283
Gradient-based hybrid topology/shape optimization of bioinspired microvascular composites
Pejman, R., Aboubakr, S. H., Martin, W. H., Devi, U., Tan, M. H. Y., Patrick, J. F., & Najafi, A. R. (2019), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, 144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.118606
Repeated healing of delamination damage in vascular composites by pressurized delivery of reactive agents
Hart, K. R., Lankford, S. M., Freund, I. A., Patrick, J. F., Krull, B. P., Wetzel, E. D., … White, S. R. (2017), Composites Science and Technology, 151, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.COMPSCITECH.2017.07.027

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Development of a Translation Pathway for Self-healing Composites
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/23 - 5/31/24)
Optimization of Self-healing Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites via Convolutional Neural Networks
US Army - Corps of Engineers(8/19/21 - 2/11/24)
Collaborative Research: Improving Undergraduate Education in Civil & Building Engineering through Student-centric Cyber-Physical Systems: Bringing Real-world Problems to Classrooms
National Science Foundation (NSF)(10/01/20 - 9/30/24)
IUCRC Pre-proposal Phase III North Carolina State University: Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(12/15/19 - 11/30/24)
Integrated Self-Healing and Self-Sensing using Optical Waveguides in Microvascular Fiber-Composites
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(12/07/17 - 12/06/21)
Collaborative Research: Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/14 - 12/31/20)