Jerrod Peterson

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  • 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. For his dissertation, he is using qualitative research methods to explore factors that hinder the use of finite element analysis (FEA) in product development.

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. Jerrod is a passionate advocate for an informed and balanced use of FEA as part of rapid product development efforts. His Ph.D. research has been sponsored through Sandia's University Part-Time Program.


  • Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette (2013)
  • Certificate in Statistics, Purdue University, West Lafayette (2012)
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette (2009)
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2007)

Select Publications

  • S. Purzer, Q. Jin, P. K. Imbrie. Enthusiasts or Informed: Who Chooses Materials Science and Engineering? Journal of Materials Education. (In Print).
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