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Jennifer E Michaels
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Prof. 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 studies 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.

Prof. Michaels’ industrial and research career has primarily been focused in the general area of ultrasonic wave propagation as applied to nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring. She has made major contributions related to ultrasonic sparse guided wave arrays, wavefield imaging, in situ monitoring of structures, signal processing and imaging methods, and automated inspection systems. She regularly consults for industry on projects related to ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation and automated systems.

Research interests: 
  • Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Nondestructive materials characterization
  • Ultrasonic and acoustic signal processing and imaging
  • Ultrasonic measurement systems
  • Robotics and motion controls for automated measurements
  • Seven patents related to Ultrasonic Inspection Methods and Systems
  • Member, American Society of Nondestructive Testing
  • Member, Acoustical Society of America
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Associate Editor, Ultrasonics
  • Associate Editor, Structural Health Monitoring


  • Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu Senior Awards, Georgia Tech, 1977
  • IBM and NSF Fellowships, Cornell University, 1980-1984
  • Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Georgia Tech, 1995
  • Women in Engineering Excellence Faculty Mentoring Award, 2005
  • Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellow, 2010
  • Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2014
  • Outstanding Paper, American Society of Nondestructive Testing, 2015

J. E. Michaels, “Ultrasonic Wavefield Imaging," in Handbook of Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation, N. Ida and N. Meyendorf (Eds.), Springer, in press 2018.

A. J. Dawson, J. E. Michaels, J. W. Kummer, and T. E. Michaels, “Quantification of shear wave scattering from far-surface defects via ultrasonic wavefield measurements,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 64(3), pp. 590-601, 2017.

J. P. Lynch, C. R. Farrar, and J. E. Michaels (Guest Editors), “Structural health monitoring: Technological advances to practical implementations,” Proceedings of the IEEE, 104(8), pp. 1508-1512, 2016.

X. Chen, J. E. Michaels, and T. E. Michaels, “A methodology for estimating guided wave scattering patterns from sparse transducer array measurements,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 62(1), pp. 208-219, 2015.

R. M. Levine and J. E. Michaels, “Model-based imaging of damage with Lamb waves via sparse reconstruction,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(3), pp. 1525-1534, 2013.

X. Chen, J. E. Michaels, S. J. Lee and T. E. Michaels, “Load-differential imaging for detection and localization of fatigue cracks using Lamb waves,” NDT&E International, 51, pp. 142-149, 2012.

J. E. Michaels, S. J. Lee, A. J. Croxford and P. D. Wilcox, “Chirp excitation of ultrasonic guided waves,” Ultrasonics, 53, pp. 265-270, 2012.

N. Gandhi, J. E. Michaels and S. J. Lee, “Acoustoelastic Lamb wave propagation in biaxially stressed plates,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(3), pp. 1284-1293, 2012.

T. E. Michaels, J. E. Michaels and M. Ruzzene, “Frequency-wavenumber domain analysis of guided wavefields,” Ultrasonics, 51, pp. 452-466, 2011.

J. S. Hall and J. E. Michaels, "Minimum variance ultrasonic imaging applied to an in situ sparse guided wave array," IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 57(10), pp. 2311-2323, 2010.

J. E. Michaels, “Detection, localization and characterization of damage in plates with an in situ array of spatially distributed ultrasonic sensors,” Smart Materials and Structures, 17, 035035 (15pp), 2008.

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., 119(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, 43, pp. 717-731, 2005.

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.

Last revised August 31, 2020