Frank W. Zok

Frank W. Zok

Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Personnel



(805) 893-8699
1361C Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

American Ceramic Society


Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, UCSB Academic Senate (2020-21); Nadai Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2020); Elected Fellow, American Ceramic Society


Materials & Structures, Structural Materials and Solid Mechanics, Structural Materials

Zok's research interests concern design, fabrication and performance of materials and structures. He places emphasis on the fundamental understanding of performance-limiting mechanisms, through combined experimental, modeling and simulation studies. Topics of current interest include fiber-reinforced ceramic composites for gas turbine engines and novel cellular and truss structures.


PhD Materials, McMaster University
M.E.Sc. Materials, University of Western Ontario
B.E.Sc. Materials, University of Western Ontario