Washington University in St. Louis


Kenneth Jerina

Professor and Associate Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering
The Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Professor of Engineering

Kenneth L. Jerina received his Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1969, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in 1971, and a DSc in Mechanical Engineering, also from Washington University, in 1974. Prior to returning to St. Louis in 1982 to join the faculty of Washington University, Professor Jerina was a Materials Research Engineer at the Air Force Materials Laboratory (1971-1973), Director of the Experimental Mechanics Research Laboratory at MTS Systems Corporation (1973-1978), and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University (1978-1982).

Over the course of his academic and industrial career, Professor Jerina has addressed a variety of engineering needs that are particularly relevant to materials engineering.

Technologies for the life prediction and maintenance of aging aircraft systems for military and civil aircraft, constitutive modeling for engineering design methods, and fatigue behavior of structural materials are some of Professor Jerina’s research interests.
Selected Publications
Biomaterials in Plastic Surgery: Breast Implants, W Peters, H Brandon, K Jerina, C Wolf, V Young, Wood Head Publishing, book, 2012.
Fatigue and Fracture of Medical Metallic Materials and Devices – Second Volume ASTM STP 1515, Jerina, K. L. and Mitchell M. R., editors, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010.
Fatigue and Fracture of Medical Metallic Materials and Devices ASTM STP 1481, Mitchell, M. R. and Jerina, K. L., editors, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007.
H. J. Brandon, K. L. Jerina, T. Savoy, C. Wolf, “Scanning Electron Microscope Fractography of Induced Fatigue Damaged Saline Breast Implants,” Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, Vol 16, No 1, pp71-82, 2006
H. J. Brandon, K. L. Jerina, C. J. Wolf, V. L. Young, A. Robert, “Retrieval and Analysis of Plastic Surgery Devices,” Proceedings 7th World Biomaterials Congress, Sydney, Australia, May 2004.
Brandon HJ, Young VL, Jerina KL, Wolf CJ. "Variability in the Properties of Silicone Gel Breast Implants," Plast Reconstr Surg Vol. 108, No. 3, Sept. 2001.
Selected Research
High Cycle Fatigue – Fatigue of conventional and advanced metallic, polymeric and composite materials with desirable properties for extreme environments in diesel engines and gas turbines. The principal areas of research are: material high cycle fatigue capability under variable damage states; the effect of notches; and the effect of fretting fatigue.
Constitutive Modeling for Engineering Design - The formulation of constitutive modeling methods for engineering design problems such that an acceptably accurate and reliable prediction of the physical behavior can be obtained given uncertainties in material property information and modeling.
Silicone Elastomers – Constitutive modeling and mechanical property characterization. The measurement of monotonic mechanical, time dependent and fatigue properties of silicone elastomers. Modeling and determination of long-term changes in the mechanical properties and the relationship of these changes to the microstructure and structure property relationships for polymers.
Contact Kenneth Jerina
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1185
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Jolley Hall, Room 303
Phone (314) 935-4960
Fax (314) 935-4014
Email klj@wustl.edu
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DSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1974
MSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1971
BSc, University of Illinois, 1969
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