Thomas A. Berfield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
445 Lutz Hall
Ph.D. in theoretical/applied mechanics, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
M.Sc. in theoretical/applied mechanics, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
B.Sc. in engineering mechanics, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Original appointment as assistant professor - 2008.
Portion of time committed to teaching- 50 percent.
Portion of time committed to research and scholarly activities - 40 percent.
Portion of time committed to institutional and professional service - 10 percent.
5/01-5/08, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. Teaching assistant and graduate research associate. Ph.D. dissertation: "Residual Stress Development and Effect on the Piezoelectric Performance of Sol-Gel Derived Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thin Films."
Intel, Inc., "Die-Break Strength and Defect Rate," February 2009.
Berfield, T.A., Ong, R.J., Payne, D.A. and Sottos, N.R., "Residual Stress Effects on Piezoelectric Response of Sol-Gel Derived Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films," Journal of Applied Physics, 101, 24102-1 – 24102-7, 2007.
Berfield, T.A., Patel, J.K., Shimmin, R.G., Braun, P.V., Lambros, J. and Sottos, N.R., "Micro- and Nanoscale Deformation Measurement of Surface and Internal Planes Via Digital Image Correlation," Experimental Mechanics, 47, 51-62, 2007.
Berfield, T.A., Patel, J.K., Shimmin, R.G., Braun, P.V., Lambros, J. and Sottos, N.R., "Fluorescent Image Correlation for Nanoscale Deformation Measurements," Small, 2, 631-635, 2006.
Ong, R.J., Berfield, T.A., Sottos, N.R. and Payne,D.A., "Sol-Gel Derived Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 Thin Films: Residual Stress and Electrical Properties," Journal of the European Ceramics Society, 25, 2247-2251, 2005.
Scientific and Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
Society for Engineering Science (SES)
Material Research Society (MRS)
Honors and Awards
Thomas J. Dolan Graduate Award
Institutional and Professional Service
Faculty Advisor, ASME Student Chapter
Micro- and Nanotechnology Graduate Certificate Program Committee
Served on PhD committee for mechanical engineering student (Yunlong Guo)
Advising 1 PhD student (Jubin Chen) and 2 master's graduate students (Daniel Porter and Alex James)
Professional Development Activities
Conference presentations at meetings of AMSE (International Congress 2005, 2006), SES (annual meeting 2008), and SEM (annual meeting 2005, 2006, 2007)
Manuscript reviews for Experimental Mechanics and Journal of Optical Technology
Teaching with Technology Classes at University of Louisville
Attended 2008 Annual Kentucky EPSCoR Conference