Eric Guyer
Eric P. Guyer, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal Engineer and Office Director
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
  • Atlanta

Dr. Guyer specializes in failure analysis and prevention of complex engineering structures and devices. He has specific expertise in the areas of metallurgy, materials science, adhesion science and degradation. Dr. Guyer commonly investigates failures associated with fracture, fatigue, and corrosion of metals, polymers, glass and ceramic structures.

He has extensive experience investigating and solving complex multidisciplinary problems in: medical devices (e.g., orthopaedics, cardiovascular, active implantable, drug delivery systems, sterile pouches, etc.), consumer products (e.g., microelecronics, bicycles, heaters, coffee makers, remote controls, smart products, art work, etc.), industrial systems (e.g., chemical and power plant components, boilers, turbines, pressure vessels, plumbing components, oil & gas pipelines, etc.) and vehicles (e.g. automotive components, agricultural components). These investigations are typically related to root-cause analyses or product recalls. As a result of Dr. Guyer’s extensive research on failure of such systems, he also consults on the design as well as risk and hazard assessments of new products.

Dr. Guyer is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector and regularly conducts analyses of various paint and protective-coating systems applied to a wide variety of steel, aluminum, plastic, composite, wood and cementitious structures. Analyses commonly conducted involve coating selection, specification writing, and failure analysis (delamination, cracking, blistering, chalking, discoloration, mildew, efflorescence, etc.). Dr. Guyer also possesses unique expertise in the use and behavior of chemical agent resistant coatings (CARC) used in military applications. 

He previously held two academic appointments: one in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University where he taught the course Failure Analysis of Emerging Technologies and the other in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Santa Clara University where he taught the course Fracture and Fatigue of Materials

Prior to joining Exponent, he was employed as a Senior Materials Engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center. His research involved the oxidation kinetics of advanced high temperature ceramics as well as the fracture, mechanical and optical properties of polymer thin-films. As an undergraduate, Dr. Guyer was employed by the Dow Chemical Corporation where he examined the mechanisms of controlled drug delivery in biodegradable, pharmaceutical grade polymers. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2003
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS), San Francisco Section, Section Officer, 2006–2007

    Intel Foundation Fellowship, 2004

    ECS, Dr. Daniel Cubicciotti Award, 2004

    Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honor Society

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer, California, #MT1947

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, PE#036481

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #092863

Licensed Professional Engineer, South Carolina, #29894

Licensed Professional Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineer, Texas, #111916

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #050638

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #48280

Licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer, Florida, #74825

NACE – Certified Coating Inspector Program Level 1,2, and 3, Certification #17717

Publications

Beckham H, Guyer E. Testing in the context of litigation. Georgia Defense Lawyer, Winter 2016.

Guyer E, Kupkovits, R. Failure analysis of an HVAC flex hose connector. Proceedings, MS&T14, Pittsburgh, PA, October 15, 2014.

Lemberg J, Guyer E, Eiselstein L. Possible microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC) of stainless steel weld used in domestic water risers. Proceedings, MS&T 2014, Pittsburgh, PA, October 12-16, 2014.

Guyer E. Adhesion basics: Stress, strength and structure. NACE Eastern Area Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, October 6-8, 2014.

Guyer E, Yaun T, Moore N. The challenges of international product liability losses. Atlanta CPCU I-day conference The Global Insurance Market: A World of Opportunity, Atlanta, GA, February 24, 2014.

James B, Guyer E, Hudgins A, Lieberman S, Kane W. Analysis of surgical tool failures: Causes and prevention. Materials Science & Technology 2014, Pittsburgh, PA, October 12-16, 2014.

Guyer EP, Pound B, Crane S. Corrosion of an implanted medical device: Rare-earth magnet case study. Microscopy and Microanalysis 2013 Aug; 19(S2):1834-1835.

Guyer EP, James BA. Surgical tool failure analyses. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention 2013; 13(6).

Guyer EP, Pound B, Crane S. Corrosion of an implanted medical device: Rare-earth magnet case study. Microscopy and Microanalysis 2013; 19(S2):1834-1835.

Guyer EP, Pound B, Crane S. (Invited) Corrosion of an implanted medical device: Rare-earth magnet case study. Microscopy and Microstructure Analysis, August 5-8, 2013.

James B, Guyer E, Hudgins A, Lieberman S, Kane W. Analysis of surgical tool failures: Causes and prevention. Materials Science and Technology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2013.

Han SM Han, Guyer EP, Nix WD. Extracting thin film hardness of extremely compliant films on stiff substrates. Thin Solid Films 2011; 519:3221-3224.

Guyer EP, Pan Z. Specialty inorganic materials: Advances in metals and ceramics. Medical Design & Manufacturing West, Anaheim, CA, February 2011.

James BA, McVeigh C, Rosenbloom SN, Guyer EP, Lieberman SI. Ultrasonic cleaning-induced failures in medical devices. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention 2010; 10(3):223-227.

Guyer EP, Zednik R. Sterile barriers for medical devices: Failure modes and mitigation. Plastics Engineering 2010; 66(9):26-31, October.

Guyer EP, Zednik RJ. Sterile barriers for medical devices: Failure modes and mitigation, ANTEC 2010, Society of Plastics Engineers, Orlando, FL, May 2010.

Guyer EP, Lane M. Improving the reliability of medical device coatings, Medical Device Materials V, the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis MN, August 10-12, 2009.

Guyer EP, Eiselstein L, Verghese P. Accelerated testing of active implantable medical devices, Corrosion 2009, NACE International, Atlanta, GA, 2009.

Guyer EP, Zednik RJ. Sterile barriers for medical devices: Failure modes and mitigation. Proceedings, ANTEC 2010, Society of Plastics Engineers, Vol. II, pp. 1925-1927, Orlando, FL, May 2010.Guyer EP, Eiselstein L, Verghese P. Accelerated testing of active implantable medical devices. Paper No. 09464, Corrosion 2009, NACE International, Atlanta, GA, 2009.

Guyer EP, Lane M. Improving the reliability of medical device coatings. Proceedings, Medical Device Materials V, the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, 2009, pp. 35-40, Minneapolis MN, August 10-12, 2009.

James BA, McVeigh C, Rosenbloom SN, Guyer EP, Lieberman SI. Ultrasonic cleaning-induced failures in medical devices. Proceedings, Medical Device Materials V, the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, 2009, pp. 10-12, Minneapolis MN, August 10-12, 2009.

Baldwin JM, Bauer DR, Rehkopf JD, Guyer EP, Ledwith P. Degradation of VMQ silicones in engine sealing applications. Presented at the 173rd Technical Meeting of the ACS Rubber Division, Dearborn, MI, April 2008.

Houle FA, Guyer EP, Miller DC, Dauskardt RH. Adhesion between template materials and UV-cured nanoimprint resists. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2007 July/Aug; 25(4).

Joseph R, Guyer EP, Thelen R. Tired of watching paint dry? Metal Finishing Magazine 2007; April.

Guyer EP, Gantz J, Dauskardt RH. Aqueous solutions diffusion in hydrophobic nanoporous thin-film glasses. Journal of Materials Research 2007; 22, 2007.

Houle FA, Miller DC, Guyer EP, Dauskardt EP, Rice E, Hamilton J. Adhesion between template materials and UV-cured nanoimprint resists. Proceedings, SPIE, Vol. 6153, 2006.

Gage D, Guyer EP, Stebbins J, Cui Z, Al-Bayati A, Demos A, MacWilliams K, Dauskardt RH. UV curing effects on glass structure and mechanical properties of organosilicate Low-k thin films. Proceedings, 9th Annual IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference, Burlingame, CA, June 2006.

Guyer EP, Patz M, Dauskardt RH. Fracture of nanoporous methylsilsesquioxane thin-film glasses. Journal of Materials Research 2006; 21(4).

Iacopi F, Travaly Y, Eyckens B, Waldfried C, Abell T, Guyer EP, Gage DM, Dauskardt RH, Sajavaara T, Houthoofd K, Grobet P, Jacobs P, Maex K. Short-ranged structural rearrangement and enhancement of mechanical properties of organosilicate glasses induced by ultraviolet radiation. Journal of Applied Physics 2006; 99.

Guyer EP. Adhesion of thin-films. Medical Device Task Force, Tempe, AZ, November 2006.

Guyer EP. Environmentally assisted crack growth in thin-films. Medical Device Task Force, Tempe, AZ, November 2006.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Effect of solution pH on subcritical crack growth in Low-k dielectric thin-films. Journal of Materials Research 2005; 20(3):680-687.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Effect of porosity on reducing cohesive strength and accelerating crack growth in Ultra Low-k thin-films. Proceedings, 8th Annual IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference, Burlingame, CA, June 2005.

Dauskardt RH, Guyer EP. Accelerated debonding and cracking in thin-film structures: Chemical reaction rate and loading effects. Proceedings, 11th International Conference of Fracture, Turin, Italy, March 2005.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Electrical technique for monitoring crack growth in thin-film fracture mechanics specimens. Journal of Materials Research 2004; 19(11):3139-3144

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Fracture of nanoporous thin-film glasses. Nature Materials 2004; 3(1):53-55

Guyer EP. The effects of aqueous solution chemistry on the fracture of nanoporous thin-films. Ph.D. Dissertation, Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford, CA, 158 pp., 2004.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Accelerated cracking of nanoporous thin-film glasses in aqueous environments. Proceedings, 206th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society Conference, Honolulu, HI, October 2004.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Accelerated crack growth of nanoporous Low-k glasses in CMP slurry environments. Proceedings, 7th IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference, Burlingame, CA, June 2004.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Effect of aqueous solution chemistry on the accelerated cracking of lithographically patterned arrays of copper and nanoporous thin-films. Proceedings, Spring Materials Research Society Conference, Symposium F, San Francisco, CA, April 2004.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Effect of chemically active environments on accelerated crack growth in Low-k dielectric thin-films. Northern California Chapter of the American Vacuum Society CMP Users Group, Sunnyvale, CA, March 2004.

Guyer EP, Dauskardt RH. Effect of CMP slurry environments on subcritical crack growth in ultra Low-k dielectric materials. Proceedings, 6th Annual IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference, Burlingame, CA, June 2003.

Academic Appointments

Lecturer, Stanford University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professional Affiliations

The Society for Protective Coatings—SSPC

National Association of Corrosion Engineers—NACE

American Society for Metals—ASM

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2003
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000
  • Electrochemical Society (ECS), San Francisco Section, Section Officer, 2006–2007

    Intel Foundation Fellowship, 2004

    ECS, Dr. Daniel Cubicciotti Award, 2004

    Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honor Society

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer, California, #MT1947

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, PE#036481

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #092863

Licensed Professional Engineer, South Carolina, #29894

Licensed Professional Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineer, Texas, #111916

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #050638

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #48280

Licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer, Florida, #74825

NACE – Certified Coating Inspector Program Level 1,2, and 3, Certification #17717