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Mechanical Engineering

Peter J. Joyce, PhD

Mechanical Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
410 293 6533

The University of Texas at Austin
    Doctor of Philosophy, Materials Science and Engineering
    Dissertation: "Experimental Investigation of Defect Criticality in Laminate Composites."

The University of Texas at Austin
    Masters of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
    Bachelors of Science, Engineering Mechanics


Laser/Materials Interactions

Experimental Mechanics

Mechanical Behavior of Composite Materials

Composite Materials Processing

Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (August 2017 - Present)

Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (August 2005 – August 2017)
Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (December 1999 - August 2005)


  • Mechanical Engineering Department Nominee – The Class of 1951 Research Excellence Award (2014)
  • Mechanical Engineering Department Nominee - Benac Civilian Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011, 2005, USNA)
  • Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnson Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award (2005, ASEE Mechanics Division)


  • Jorge, D. Garcia, Peter J. Joyce, Cody J. Brownell, “Thermal Damage behind HEL-Irradiated carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Skin,”  Journal of Directed Energy, Vol. 6, No. 2, Spring 2017, pp. 119-136.
  • R. Brian Jenkins, Peter Joyce, Deborah Mechtel, “Localized temperature variations in laser irradiated composites with embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors,” Sensors (MDPI):  Recent Advances in Fiber Bragg Grating Sensing - Special Issue (January 2017), 17(2), pp. 251-269.
  • Deborah Mechtel, Brian Jenkins, Peter Joyce, Samara Firebaugh, and Adam Goetz, “ Apparatus and Method for the Detection of Electromagnetic Radiation using Optical Switches in an RF Network,”   US Patent 9,550,522, B2 issued 22 November 2016. 
  • Deborah M. Mechtel, R. Brian Jenkins, Peter J. Joyce, Charles L. Nelson, "Radio frequency switching network: a technique for infrared sensing," Opt. Eng. 55(10), 107106 (October 2016).
  • Andrew C. Tresansky, Peter Joyce, Joshua Radice, and R. Joseph Watkins, “Numerical Modeling of High-Energy Laser Effects in Polymer and Composite Materials,” Journal of Directed Energy, Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 2014, pp. 137-158.
  • Lloyd Brown, Peter Joyce, Lourdes Salamanca-Riba, and David Forrest, “Physical and Mechanical Characterization of a Nano-Carbon Infused Aluminum-Matrix Composite.” Materials Performance & Characterization (ASTM) Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 65-80.
  • Lloyd Brown, Peter Joyce, “Functionally Graded Bronze/Tungsten Carbide Castings:  A Characterization and Property Study.”  Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Paper ID JTE-104109, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Vol. 41, No. 1, January 2013, pp. 22-31.
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