Ryan Berke

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor


Ryan  Berke

Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 419P
Phone: 435-797-8184
Email: ryan.berke@usu.edu
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Educational Background

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2013
Mechanical Characterization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrolytes with Honeycomb Support
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008

Biography

Dr. Berke studies the mechanical characterization of solids and structures in challenging environments, and at high temperatures in particular. He is especially interested in the role that environment plays on a material's ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep. His lab uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ deformation and strain measurements across temperature, time, and length scales.

Teaching Interests

MAE 3040: Mechanics of Solids | MAE 5040: Experimental Solid Mechanics | MAE 6060/6061: Micro-Mechanisms of Deformation and Failure | Mentoring of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers | Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Engineering

Research Interests

Solid Mechanics: Thermo-mechanical loading, fracture, fatigue, creep, environmental effects. | Advanced Material Systems: High temperature materials, multi-scale structures, advance energy systems, aerospace vehicles, nuclear structural materials, accident tolerant fuels. | Experimental Methods: High temperature measurements, in-situ methods, resonant ultrasound microscopy, 2-D and 3-D digital image correlation, vibration-based fatigue testing, high-throughput techniques.

Awards

Young Investigator Award, 2019

AFOSR - Agile Science for Test & Evaluation

ENGR Outstanding Graduate Research Mentor, 2021

USU College of Engineering

MAE Outstanding Graduate Research Mentor, 2021

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr

MAE Outstanding Graduate Research Mentor, 2020

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr

Campus-wide Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2019

Utah State University

ENGR Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2019

USU College of Engineering

MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2019

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr

MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2018

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr

MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2017

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr

MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2016

Mechanical and Aerospace Engr


Publications | Books

  • Beese, A.M, Berke, R.B, Pataky, G., (2020). Fracture, Fatigue, Failure and Damage Evolution, Volume 3. Proceedings of the 2020 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
  • Silberstein, M., Amirkhizi, A., Beese, A.M, Berke, R.B, Pataky, G., (2019). Challenges in Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials, Fracture, Fatigue, Failure and Damage Evolution, Volume 2. Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Berke, R., Walter, M.E, (2016). Using Specimen Geometry to Distinguish Between Flexural and Torsional Modes when Determining Elastic Material Properties via Sonic Resonance. Journal of Testing and Evaluation
  • Berke, R., Sebastian, C.M, Chona, R., Patterson, E.A, Lambros, J., (2015). High Temperature Vibratory Response of Hastelloy-X: Stereo-DIC Measurements and Image Decomposition Analysis. Experimental Mechanics, Online:Online, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11340-015-0092-3
  • Berke, R., Lambros, J., (2014). Ultraviolet Digital Inage Correlation (UV-DIC) for High Temperature Applications. Review of Scientific Instruments, 85:045121, doi: 10.1063/1.4871991
  • Berke, R., Walter, M.E, (2013). Meso-scale stress response of thin ceramic membranes with honeycomb support. International Journal of Mechanics of Materials in Design, 10:1, 53-64. doi: 10.1007/s10999-0L3-9230-1
  • Berke, R., Walter, M.E, (2013). Mechanical Characterization of Thin SOFC Electrolytes with Honeycomb Support. Journal of Fuel Cell Science & Technology, 10:1, 1-7. doi: 10.1115/1.4023257

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Teaching

MAE 6061 - Micro-Mechanisms of Failure, Spring 2021
MAE 6930, 5040 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2020
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2020
MAE 5040, 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2020
MAE 5930, 6060 - Micro-Mechanics of Deformation, Spring 2020
MAE 5040, 6930 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2019
MAE 6930, 5040 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2019
MAE 6930, 5040 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2019
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2019
MAE 6930 - Special Problems, Spring 2019
MAE 5040, 6930 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2018
MAE 5040, 6930 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2018
MAE 5040, 6930 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2018
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2018
MAE 5040, 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2018
MAE 6930 - Special Problems, Spring 2018
MAE 5040, 6930 - Experimental Solid Mechanics, Fall 2017
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2017
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2016
MAE 5930, 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2016
MAE 3040 - Mechanics of Solids, Fall 2015
MAE 5930,6930 - Special Problems, Spring 2015

Graduate Students Mentored

Prasenjit Dewanjee, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, August 2021
Raushan Singh, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, August 2021
Ben Hill, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, August 2020
Weston Craig, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2020
Steven Jarrett, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, August 2019
Brandon Furman, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2019
Robert Rowley, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2019
Robert Hansen, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2018
Adam Smith, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, August 2018 - December 2020
Thinh Thai, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2016 - June 2020
Chris Stolinski, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, October 2017 - December 2018
Matt Nelson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - August 2018
Connor Bell, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2018 - May 2018
Thinh Thai, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2018 - April 2018
Robert Hansen, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2017 - April 2018
Ethan Nickerson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2016 - April 2018