Sarah Herbison
Sarah W. Herbison, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Mechanical Engineering
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Herbison is a specialist in acoustics and ultrasonics. Her doctoral research work at the Georgia Institute of Technology focused on using theoretical and experimental techniques to better understand ultrasonic diffraction on periodic surfaces, with applications in ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and phononic crystals in particular. She has extensive experience with acoustic diffraction gratings and ultrasonic NDE techniques, especially for the evaluation of surface roughness. She has also performed substantial spectral analysis work, mainly in the context of examining ultrasonic Bragg scattering and understanding the frequency-dependence of certain finite-beam effects such as beam displacements that can occur in ultrasonics. She is also knowledgeable regarding the generation and propagation of surface and guided waves including Rayleigh, Scholte-Stoneley, and Lamb waves.

Prior to her work in acoustics, Dr. Herbison performed research on surface-mount solder joint failure in cooperation with Schlumberger and on phase transformations that occur during the wire-drawing of copper-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) in cooperation with ENSAM in France.

While at Georgia Tech, she served as instructor for the undergraduate level course on Engineering Acoustics and Noise Control at the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus, and as the head teaching assistant for the undergraduate laboratory course on Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2011
  • M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2004
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2003, high honors
  • Bourse de doctorat pour ingénieurs, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, 2007–2010

    President’s Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology 2003–2007

    Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

    Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Herbison SW, Vander Weide MA, Declercq NF. Observation of ultrasonic backward beam displacement in transmission through a solid having superimposed periodicity. Applied Physics Letters 2010; 97:041908.

Herbison SW, Declercq NF, Breazeale MA. Angular and frequency spectral analysis of the ultrasonic backward beam displacement on a periodically grooved solid. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2009; 126(6):2939–2948.

Selected Presentations

Herbison SW, Declercq NF, Moiseyenko R, Laude V. Diffraction of bulk waves on phononic crystals. 20th International Congress on Acoustics, Sydney, Australia, 2010.

Herbison SW, Berthelot YH, Declercq NF, Satyanarayan L. Diffraction of sound and ultrasound by periodic structures: Applications to ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring with air-coupled sensors. First International Workshop on Phononic Crystals, Nice, France, 2009.

Herbison SW, Declercq NF. Theoretical and experimental ultrasonic investigation of a thin plate with regions of different periodic double-corrugations, Acoustics ’08 (Joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, European Acoustics Association, and French Acoustical Society), Paris, France, 2008.

Herbison SW, Declercq NF, Breazeale MA. Measurement of the diffraction field of a periodically corrugated interface and study of ultrasonic backward beam displacement, 10th School on Acousto-optics and Applications, Gdansk, Poland, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

The Acoustical Society of America—ASA

American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2011
  • M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2004
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2003, high honors
  • Bourse de doctorat pour ingénieurs, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, 2007–2010

    President’s Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology 2003–2007

    Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

    Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

LANGUAGES

  • French