Thomas Berfield

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Berfield joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor in 2008, and became an Associate Professor in 2014.  He received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Dr. Berfield then obtained a M.S. in 2003 and a PhD in 2008, both in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Teaching Interests

Courses of interest to Dr. Berfield include Mechanics of Materials, Strength of Materials Labs, Structured Research, Experimental Stress Analysis, Composites, Fracture Mechanics, Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics, and Mechanics of MEMS.

Research Interests

The research emphasis for Dr. Berfield involves numerous areas of experimental mechanics, particularly for applications related to thin films, MEMS, smart materials, adhesion and fracture behavior of materials, and renewable energy systems.  Some recently funded projects include topics such as buckling stability dynamics for low-frequency vibration energy harvesting and scalable micro-patterning methods using cracking and drying thin films.

Service Interests

Current service activities for Dr. Berfield include being faculty advisor for the University of Louisville ASME Student Section and serving on the Louisville Professional ASME Section Executive Board.  Dr. Berfield is also the faculty mentor for the ME Department Solar Flight Team, and serves on the ME Department Curriculum Committee.  Community outreach activities for NSF funded projects include participating in the INSPIRE summer camps for local high school students and providing science activity programming for the Louisville Free Public Library.