Education of Peter Tkacik, PE, PhD

Some boring information about some classes I took many years ago.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. August 1991; Dissertation research at Michelin R&D Corporation included the integration of prescribed displacement measurements from machine vision experiments into a finite element model in the construction of a hybrid friction model of a loaded rubber block.

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Nature of Composite Materials

Energy Conversion

Failure Analysis of Materials

Continuum Mechanics

Vector Analysis

Computer Vision

Advanced Dynamics

Image Processing

Advanced Heat Transfer


The result of my PhD research at Michelin Research was a hybrid friction model of rubber in the contact patch.


M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. June 1982; Internal Fluid Flow Research included investigating current practice, designing, construction and fabrication, instrumenting, operating, and acquiring data on the High-Incident-Angle-Cascade-Wind-Tunnel.

Internal Flow I, II & III

Signature Analysis of Mechanical Systems

Advanced Thermodynamics

Numerical Analysis I & II

Advanced Instrumentation

Applied Math for Engineers

Advanced Engineering Acoustics

Advanced Machine Design

Aerospace Propulsion Systems


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, June 1980.

Advanced Energy Systems

Solar Energy Engineering

Engineering Analysis and Design

Internal Combustion Engines I and II

Steam And Gas Turbines


Thermodynamics I, II, & III


Automatic Controls Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Vibrations

Heat and Mass Transfer

Mechanical Systems Analysis

Fluid Mechanics

Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

Manufacturing Processes w/ Lab

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

Industrial Electronics w/ Lab

Integral and Differential Calculus

Analytical Geometry

Differential Equations

Calculus based Physics

Calculus based Chemistry

History of Science

Geography of Resources

Elements of Material Science

Digital Logic Design

Circuit Analysis

Calculus based Statics and Dynamics

Contemporary Economic Principles

Engineering Economic