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Sarah W. Herbison, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Mechanical Engineering

(650) 688-6711 tel
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Menlo Park

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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.

  • 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 (high honors), 2003
  • 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

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