Tarik J. Dickens, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and High-Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, USA. Multifunctional composites (MC’s) are materials with specifically modified properties that include more than one type of enhancement or functionality. MC’s and sensors are of need for third generation composite systems that seek greater functionality in single components for mission specific task related to DoD and NASA missions. Integrating functional use in-situ provides immense advantage. He discovered microstructural detection system schemes (triboluminescence) in composite polymers and textiles during his doctoral research. His research interest include focus on cradle-to-grave production of additively manufactured composite structures/tooling and systems integration for AM performance technologies. Further interest include manufacturing of composites and advanced materials, advancing additive manufacturing, scaled energy applications, sensing techniques & non-destructive testing, composite automation techniques and reliability for life-cycle management; With development of nanostructured hybrid functional materials for mechanical toughening, energy conversion/ storage and integrated–Structural Health Monitoring with over 30+ publications (journal papers and conference proceedings). He has 3 US patent applications (awarded and pending) in the areas of advanced multifunctional composites, sensory-scaled composite manufacturing (3D-DSSC), and ubiquitous real-time structural health monitoring. In addition, he runs the Industrial Composite Engineering (ICE) lab involving sensing techniques & non-destructive testing of advanced materials at the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) for failure & reliability analysis. The emphasis on these developments are centered on the fabrication and assembly via co-additive processing and 3D printing processes. He also runs an educational and experimental research lab in additive manufacturing known as the SMART-CIM 2.0 Lab. He has graduated 4 MSIE students and currently advises 3 PhD and 1 MS student. Dr. Dickens has garnered nearly $1.3 million in funding from NSF and DOD industry.
Florida State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, B.Sc., 2005
Florida State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, M.Sc., 2007
Florida State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Ph.D., 2013
August 2013 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL.
2009 - 2010: Manufacturing Engineer, General Dynamics Land Systems, Tallahassee, FL.
Scheiner, M., Dickens, T. J. and Okoli, O. I., "Progress Towards Self-Healing Polymers for Composite Structural Applications". Polymer. Under initial review
Jolie Frketic, Natalia Ariza, David Olawale, Okenwa Okoli, Tarik Dickens “Measurement of Impact Force for Triboluminescent-Enhanced Composites by Modified Impulse Method” Submitted to Composites Pt B
Jolie Frketic, Tarik Dickens “Automated Manufacturing and Processing of FRP Composites: An Additive Review of Contemporary and Modern Techniques for Advanced Materials Manufacturing” Submitted to Composites Pt A
Dickens, T. J.; Armbrister, C.; Olawale, D. and Okoli, O. I. “Characterization of triboluminescent enhanced discontinuous glass-fiber composite beams for micro-damage detection and fracture assessment”, Journal of Luminescence. (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jlumin.2015.02.030
Yan, J., Uddin, M. J., Dickens, T. J., Daramola, D. E., & Okoli, O. I. (2014). 3D Wire-Shaped Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells in Solid State Using Carbon Nanotube Yarns with Hybrid Photovoltaic Structure. Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 1 (6), 7. doi:10.1002/admi.201400075
Uddin, M. J.; Daramola, D. E.; Velasquez, E.; Dickens, T. J.; Yan, J., Hammel, E.; Cesano, F. and Okoli, O. I. (2014). A High Efficiency 3D Photovoltaic Microwire with Carbon Nanotubes(CNT)-Quantum Dot (QD) Hybrid Interface. Phys. Status Solidi RRL, 8 (11), 898–903. doi:10.1002/pssr.201409392
Olawale, D. O.; Kliewer, K.; Okoye, A.; Dickens, T. J.; Uddin, M. J. and Okoli, O. I. (2014). Getting Light through Cementitious Composites with in-situ Triboluminescence Damage Sensor. Structural Health Monitoring, 13 (2), 177-189. doi:10.1177/1475921713513976
Yan, J., Uddin, M. J., Dickens, T. J. and Okoli, O. I., "Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) enrich Solar Cell". Solar Energy. 96 239 (2013).
Yan J, Uddin MJ, Dickens TJ, Daramola D, Olawale DO, Okoli OI. 2013. Tailoring the efficiency of 3D wire-shaped photovoltaic cells (WPVCs) by functionalization of solid-liquid interfacial properties. 2013, (accepted) Phys. Status Solidi A.
Olawale, D. O.; Kliewer, K.; Okoye, A.; Dickens, T. J.; Uddin, M. J. and Okoli, O. I. (2014). Real Time Failure Detection in Unreinforced Cementitious Composites with Triboluminescent Sensor. Journal of Luminescence, 147, 235-241. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jlumin.2013
Uddin, M. J.; Dickens, T. J.; Yan, J.; Chirayath, R.; Olawale, D. O.; Okoli, O. I., “Solid-state dye sensitized photovoltaic micro-wires (DSPM) with CNT yarn as counter electrode: Synthesis and characterization”. Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 108 (2013) 108, 65-69. (Impact Factor: 4.85*)
Uddin, M. J.; Alam, M. M.; Islam, M. A.; Rahman, S.; Das, S.; Rahman, M. M.; Uddin, M. N.; Morris, C. A.; Gonzalez, R. D.; Diebold, U.; Dickens, T. J.; Okoli, O. I., Tailoring the photocatalytic reaction rate of a nanostructured TiO2 matrix using additional gas phase oxygen Int. Nano Lett. 2012, 3, 16.
Dickens, T. J.; J. Breaux,; D. O. Olawale,; W. G. Sullivan, ; Okoli, O. I., “Effects of ZnS: Mn Concentrated Vinyl Ester Matrices under Flexural Loading on the Triboluminescent Yield”, J. of Lumin., 132 (7), 1714-1719, doi:10.1016/j.jlumin.2012.01.056.
Dickens, T. J.; Okoli, O. I., “Enabling Damage Detection: Manufacturing Composite Laminates doped with Dispersed Triboluminescent Materials”, J. Rein. Plastic Comp. 30 (2011)22, 1869-1876. doi: 10.1177/0731684411413490.
Olawale, D. O.; Dickens, T. J.; Sullivan, W. G.; Okoli, O. I.; Sobanjo, J. O.; Wang, B., “Progress in Triboluminescence-based Smart Optical Sensor System”, J. of Lumin., 131(2011)7, 1407-1418.
Olawale, D. O.; Sullivan, W. G.; Dickens, T. J.; Tsalickis, S.; Sobanjo, J.; Okoli, O. I., B. Wang, “Development of a Triboluminescence:-based sensor system for concrete structures ”, J. of Struct. Health Monitoring. (2011).
Joshi, Kunal, Jolie B. Frketic, Meagan Raley, TJ Dickens,“Screening Failure Detection of Structural Composite Systems: Embedded Triboluminescent Structronic Wires” IWSHM 2015 Standford, California
Joshi, Kunal, Jolie B. Frketic, David Olawale, and Tarik Dickens. "Damage monitoring of CFRP retrofits using triboluminescent optical fiber sensors." In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, pp. 943520-943520. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015.
Roy, M.; Joshi, K.; Ndebele, T.; Williams, K.; Olawale, D.; and Dickens, T. “Preliminary Investigation: Additive Manufacturing Of Soluble Mold Tooling For Embedded Devices In Composite Structures”, In Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) (CAMX), Orlando, Florida, October 18 - 22.
Dickens, T. J.; Olawale, D. O., & Okoli, O. I. (2012). “Multifunctional Composites with Triboluminescent Sensors and Photoactive Materials”. In SAMPE 2012, Baltimore, MD. May 21-24, 2012. Covina, CA, USA: Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
Olawale, D. O., Dickens, T. J.; Uddin, M. J., & Okoli, O. I., (accepted). “Triboluminescence Multifunctional Composites (TMC) with Structural Damage Sensing Capabilities for Aerospace and Civil Infrastructure Systems.” Paper to be presented at International Conference on Luminescence and Its Applications (ICLA-2012), Luminescence Society of India, 7-10 February, 2012, Hyderabad, India. (International) – Invited
Dickens, Tarik J., David Olawale, Garrett Sullivan, Jolie Breaux, Okenwa OI Okoli, and Ben Wang. "Toward triboluminescent sensor realization for SHM: statistical modeling of triboluminescent composites." In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, pp. 79810J-79810J. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2011.
Olawale, D. O., Sullivan, W. G., Dickens, T. J.; Okoli, O. I., & Wang, B. (2011). “Mimicking the human nervous system with a triboluminescence sensory receptor for the structural health monitoring of composite structures.” In SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Conference. San Diego, CA: SPIE.
Dickens, T. J.; Okoli, O. I., ; Liang, Z. (2008). “Harnessing triboluminescence for structural health monitoring of composite structures”. In Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, May 18 - 22. Long Beach, CA: SAMPE.
Okoli, O.; Wang, B.; Dickens, T. J., “Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Structural Health Monitoring”, Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL., 22nd November, 2012, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 12/691.537
Okoli, O.; Yan, J..; Dickens, T. J.: Uddin, M.J., “Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Including Carbon Nanotube Yarns”, Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL., 22nd July, 2014, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 62/027,608
Jolie Frketic received her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University and her master’s degree from University of Florida in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently working on 3D printing applications that will yield easier manufacturing of complex multifunctional composite parts. Among her research interests are the ability to weave functional composites using 3D printing, and the ability to change mechanical properties of the extruded material with magnetic particles. She also hopes to integrate sensing components into the composites during printing, in order to have a composite structural monitoring system that is integrated in the composite during manufacturing. She is a 2014 inductee into the Adelaide Wilson Fellowship.
Kunal Joshi, is a second year PhD candidate and a research student member of the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) since spring 2014. He received his master’s degree in Civil engineering from the Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree from University of Pune, India. He is currently working on applications of manufactured FRP composite with tribolumiscent based structural health monitoring systems to provide real-time and distributed sensing for civil infrastructure. He currently manages and conducts training for mechanical testing equipment and lab at the HPMI. He is a 2015 SAMPE student research symposium finalist.
Madhuparna Roy is a first year Ph.D. student and she has been a research assistant at the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) since 2013. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University in 2015 and her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2012. Her research pertains to improving the dimensional accuracy of 3D printed soluble molds for composite materials with embedded sensors, allowing ease of mold removal without causing damage to the sensor or composite.