Jerrod Peterson

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Jerrod Peterson



  • 925-294-6197
  • Sandia National Laboratories, California
    P.O. Box 969, MS9102
    Livermore, CA 94551-0969


Jerrod Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. His background is in design, mechanics, and finite element analysis (FEA). FEA is a powerful tool for assessing design performance, but the difficulty of fully integrating its use into rapid product development efforts has resulted in various negative perceptions of the technology.

For his dissertation, Jerrod is exposing multidisciplinary design teams to FEA in the course of actual product design and testing activities, and using qualitative research methods to investigate the resulting impact of FEA on their design thinking. The goal is to identify and understand issues that prevent design teams from fully embracing FEA, and to inform future efforts aimed at encouraging a balanced view and effective utilization of FEA in the product development community.

Jerrod is also a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, where he works on multidisciplinary teams that design and develop ruggedized electronics. His Ph.D. research has been sponsored through Sandia's University Part-Time Program.

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (expected 2014)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University (2004)
  • Honors B.A., International Studies, Oregon State University (2001)
  • Honors B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University (2001)


  • S. Scott, J. Templeton, J. Ruthruff, P. Hough, J. Peterson. Computational solution verification applied to a thermal model of a ruggedized instrumentation package. Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (CMEM) 2013 Conference, A Coruna, Spain, July 2, 2013.
  • J. Peterson, S. Blankenau, R. McClanahan, D. Gregory. Novel method for converting SRS requirement to the time domain as it applies to shock detection using mechanical unidirectional acceleration switches. 81st Shock and Vibration Symposium, Orlando, Florida, October 24, 2010.
  • J. Peterson, R. Peterson. Laser triangulation for liquid film thickness measurements through mulitple interfaces. Applied Optics, Vol. 45, No. 20, pp. 4916-4926, 2006.
  • A. Herling, D. Herling, J. Peterson. Integrating engineering and global competencies: a case study of Oregon State University's International Degree Program. Frontiers in Education Conference, Reno, Nevada, October 10, 2001.
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