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Full name: 
Jennifer E Michaels
Job title: 
Professor
Email address: 
Work phone: 
404/894-2994
Fax: 
404.894.4641
Office: 
VL C296A

Dr. Michaels was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Ashland, Kentucky. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 1976 with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, and then joined the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where she first began developing systems and methods for ultrasonic evaluation. This work led to her graduate study in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University, where she earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1982 and 1984, and spent a year as an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow. From 1985 until joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 2002, she worked in industry, first as co-founder of a startup company, and later as Manager of Systems Development at Panametrics, Inc., a world leader in the development and manufacture of automated ultrasonic inspection systems. Dr. Michaels has over 25 years of experience in the areas of signal processing, wave propagation, data analysis, motion controls, ultrasonic testing, automated ultrasonic inspection systems, and computer software and hardware.

Research interests: 
  • Ultrasonic testing of components and structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Nondestructive materials characterization
  • Ultrasonic and acoustic signal processing
  • Sensors and measurement systems
  • Robotics and motion controls for automated measurements
Distinctions: 
  • Seven patents related to Ultrasonic Inspection Methods and Systems
  • Member, Acoustical Society of America
  • Member, American Society of Nondestructive Testing
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni (Georgia Tech), 1995
  • IBM and NSF Fellowships, Cornell University, 1980-1984
  • Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu Senior Awards, Georgia Tech, 1977
  • Women in Engineering Excellence Faculty Mentoring Award, 2005

B. Mi, J. E. Michaels and T. E. Michaels, "An Ultrasonic Method for Dynamic Monitoring of Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth," J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 119, No. 1, pp. 74-85, 2006.

Y. Lu and J. E. Michaels, "A Methodology for Structural Health Monitoring with Diffuse Ultrasonic Waves in the Presence of Temperature Variations," Ultrasonics, Vol. 43, pp. 717-731, 2005.

J. E. Michaels and T. E. Michaels, "Detection of Structural Damage from the Local Temporal Coherence of Diffuse Ultrasonic Signals", IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Vol. 10, pp. 1769-1782, 2005 (includes front cover).

J. E. Michaels, A. C. Cobb and T. E. Michaels, "A Comparison of Feature-Based Classifiers for Ultrasonic Structural Health Monitoring", Proceedings of SPIE, Health Monitoring and Smart Nondestructive Evaluation of Structural and Biological Systems III, Vol. 5394, SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, T. Kundu (Ed.), pp. 363-374, 2004.

J. E. Michaels and T. E. Michaels, "Ultrasonic Signal Processing for Structural Health Monitoring", in Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 23, D. O. Thompson and D. E. Chimenti (Eds.), American Institute of Physics, Melville, New York, pp. 1476-1483, 2004.

T. E. Michaels and J. E. Michaels, "Sparse Ultrasonic Transducer Array for Structural Health Monitoring", in Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 23, D. O. Thompson and D. E. Chimenti (Eds.), American Institute of Physics, Melville, New York, pp. 1468-1475, 2004.

D. J. Cotter, J. E. Michaels, Z. Zhang, E. Ghabour, T. Nelligan, A. Abbate, D. Kass and G. Efbaum, "High Frequency Ultrasonic Thickness and Acoustic Velocity Measurement Methods for Advanced Material and Component Characterization", Presented at the 8th European Conference for Nondestructive Testing, Barcelona, Spain, June 17-21, 2002.

D. J. Cotter, T. E. Michaels, J. E. Michaels, I. V. Ivakhnenko and D. Kass, "Path Controlled Contour Following for Ultrasonic Imaging of Complex Shaped Composite Structures", Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing, Rome, Italy, October 15-21, 2000.

J. E. Michaels, T. E. Michaels and S. Jönsson, "Ultrasonic Methods for Detection of Micro Porosity in Composite Materials", Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 12, D. O. Thompson and D. E. Chimenti (Eds.), Plenum Press, New York, pp. 1281-1287, 1993.

L. D. Nottingham, T. E. Michaels, and J. E. Michaels, "Ultrasonic signal processing system including a flaw gate", U.S. patent no. 4,803,638, issued February 7, 1989.

J. E. Michaels and Y.-H. Pao, "Determination of Dynamic Forces From Wave Motion Measurements", Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 53, pp. 61-68, 1986.

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