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Alex Pawlowski

Transportation Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Derek Splitter

Alex earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science focusing on Material Science at the University of Virginia. At UVa, he was able to explore his diverse interests in the automotive and sustainability fields where he served as the co-President of UVa’s team competing in the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Mini-Baja program, while honing his skills in sustainability and planning by working with students and staff to increase bike access across UVa. At the same time, he became heavily involved with the Mechanical Engineering department’s 3D printing lab with which he served as a lab assistant. Now with the Bredesen Center, Alex is leading an interdisciplinary team of combustion experts, additive manufacturing researchers and material scientists to investigate the use of additive manufacturing to increase the durability of engine pistons to be used in higher efficiency operating conditions. Much of the work is at the intersection of mechanical engineering and material science, building of his undergraduate experience. Outside of research, Alex competes as the President of the University of Tennessee Triathlon Team in Sprint and Olympic triathlons across the Southeast, having competed while at UVa, keeping him busy on quarries, roads, and paths around Knoxville.


Additive manufactured, bimetallic joining for increased knock survival in lightweight pistons


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - University of Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science (Material Science) - University of Virginia

Professional Service

  • Volunteer with Open Streets Knoxville - a biannual event to let the community take back the street promoting walkable communities - and its parent organization Bike Walk Knoxville


Google Scholar profile: Alex Pawlowski