Dr .vonLockette  has decades of experience in the fabrication, computational simulation, and opto/ magneto/ electro/mechanical testing of polymeric composites with several publications in journals such as the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics,  Macromolecules, Polymer, Acta Mechanica, The Journal of Computational and Theoretical Polymer Physics, and Smart Materials and Structures. His most recent work involves the study  and optimization of composites and structures comprised dipole-driven electromagnetically sensitive particulates composites. This work involves experimental characterization of electromagnetic properties and micro-architectures, computational multi-physics simulation / optimization of self-organization into those architectures, and development of multi-field-assisted additive manufacturing techniques.

In addition to research, at his previous position Dr. von Lockette has engaged in numerous outreach and enrichments programs, including Rowan's Summer Institute in Materials Science (serving high school students and teachers), the Harley Flack Male Mentoring Program at Rowan (a program for at-risk youth which he co-chaired), and C.H.A.M.P's Saturday Academy at Rowan's Camden Campus (for which he developed and administered a "What is Engineering?" program for 6th - 8th graders on the weekends).



Multi-field, Multi -functional  Materials and Device Development 

From fabrication of novel magnetic particulate composite materials to additive manufacturing of remotely powered structures, my work seeks to utilize electromagnetic fields for actuation, sensing, and control of flexible structures and devices.

2013 - Present

Penn State University 

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Multiphysics Mechanics and Modeling 

My work couples electro-, magneto-, opto- and elastic behaviors providing predictive response rooted in the material's or the device's micro/structure - property relationships including constitutive modeling, finite element analysis, and in-house numerical codes.

2011 - 2012

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Visiting Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

Additive Manufacturing of Electromagnetically Sensitive Components

My work studies multiscale aspects of 3D printing electromagnetic components (stators, actuators, sensing and information storage structures), focusing on the effects of hierarchical geometries and demagnetizing fields.

1999 - 2013

Rowan University 

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


1993 - 199

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering

MS, Mechanical Engineering

1989 - 1993

Trinity University (San Antonio)

BS, Engineering Science