Frank Ko Ph.D.

Ko, Frank
Position Department / Business Unit
Director Fibrous Materials Laboratory
Institution Disciplines
Drexel University Engineering
City State / Provence
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Country Website
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Professor Frank K. Ko: Director of the Fibrous Materials Laboratory and Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Materials Engineering Science at Drexel University.

Dr. Ko is a world renowned expert in the field of textile structural composites and the emerging field of nanofiber technology for medical, industrial and structural applications. He played a leadership role in establishing Textile Structural Composite as a sub-field of composite materials. In recognition of his leadership role in textile structural composites he was inducted to be a SAMPE fellow. He is a founding member of the TEXCOMP conference. He was the chairman of the annual conference of American Society for Composites. More recently, as nanotechnology gains prominent in the field of material sciences, he is recognized as a leader in the are of nanofiber technology. He was appointed by the to the editorial board of the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics in charge of the nanofiber technology.


Two years after arriving at Drexel University, Professor Ko established the Fibrous Materials Research Center (FMRC), which has earned an international reputation in the field of 3-D textile composites and was selected by the State of Pennsylvania in 1986 to be a Ben Franklin Center of Excellence.


Dr. Ko’s research funding, totalling over $10 million, has been sponsored by US government agencies such as DOD (Department of Defence), NASA, DOE (Department of Energy), NSF (National Science Foundation) and NIH (National Institutes of Health), as well as by the aerospace, auto and biomedical industries.

Dr. Ko has co-authored four books on textile structural composites and braiding technology. He has contributed to 30 archival review articles/book chapters and over 500 talks and papers on the subject of textile composites, medical and industrial textiles. He has delivered over 300 invited lectures nationally and internationally in the past 20 years. He has twelve patents and patents pending for surgical implants, smart textiles, nanofibres and nanocomposites. His paper on electrospinning of continuous carbon nanotube-filled nanofibre yarn is placed in the top 1% of the most cited papers within its field according to Essential Science IndicatorsSM.


B.S. Philadelphia University; M.S. and Ph.D. Textile Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

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