Peter Thomas Tkacik

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Email: ptkacik@uncc.edu

Phone: (704)-687-8114

Office: Motorsports Research Building, Room 103

Fax: 704-687-8345


  • Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching 5/2016 to 5/2019
  • Thirty Four research grant awards and Three equipment donations totaling $5.4MM, $4,100,000 in grants (PI on 26 totaling $3.61MM). Equipment donations worth $629,000.
  • Completed two PhD and twenty one Masters. Graduate advisor for thirteen grad students (five PhD, eight MS). Committee member for twenty completed.
  • UG mentor for 239 students in senior design (214) and SREU (25).
  • 71 peer reviewed publications, a book chapter, 19 journal papers, 45 student coauthors.
  • Major initiatives towards tire cornering force research and veterans in engineering.
  • 42 service roles; eleven national, four university, four college, fourteen department, one center, three to the community, and three as UG student team advisor.
  • Taught sixteen different classes, ten of which are new to UNC Charlotte.
  • Other activities:
    • Three patents and Eight provisional or patent publications.
    • Professional Engineer licensed in state of SC #11151.
    • Expert witness on several tire cases (mostly wear related).

The Charlotte Business Journal took this picture of me running the PIV laser at the water tunnel.