Jack Lesko, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Virginia Tech College of Engineering

Research Areas

  • Solid mechanics

Research Interests

Lesko's research is primarily focused on the mechanics of composite material systems. He and his advisees investigated the interdisciplinary aspects of durability and damage mechanics for polymeric and composite material systems. His work has resulted in the implementation of in-service structures/systems using new multifunctional composite technologies and the creation of reliability-based standards for their design in industrial and international codes. Currently, Lesko is exploring distributed and utility interoperable power transfer systems for the evolving smart grid, including the policy and economic aspects of future deployments.

Lesko's technical teaching interests are in structural mechanics, polymer physics, structural and interdisciplinary design. Through his startup experience with PowerHub, he has initiated problem-based learning pilot programs engaging in engineering education and entrepreneurial training. Lesko currently assists in the leadership of the Mid Atlantic NSF I-Corps Regional Node, which brings together Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, and George Washington University to deliver Lean LauchPad training. He also assists in leading as a National I-Corps Instructor delivering a seven week Customer Development and Product Market fit training program that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of federally funded research.


  • Virginia Tech: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics
  • Virginia Tech: M.S., Engineering Mechanics
  • University of Maryland, College Park: B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Member, Boards of Directors for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Member, Boards of Directors for the National GEM Consortium
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech College of Engineering
  • Dean’s Award for Service, Virginia Tech College of Engineering
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  • (540) 231-9171
  • jlesko@vt.edu
  • 3046 Torgersen Hall
    620 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061