Sean S. Teller, Ph.D.


Dr. Sean Teller is a Principal at Veryst Engineering.  Dr. Teller has extensive experience in testing and modeling the mechanical behavior of materials at low and high strain rates, including viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity, nonlinear materials, and fracture mechanics.  His work spans many disciplines, including mechanical testing, consumer products, tissue engineering, biomaterials, polymer characterization, aerospace applications, and semiconductor manufacturing.  He primarily consults in the consumer products, automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace, and medical device fields.

Dr. Teller’s interests include designing, performing, and interpreting experimental data to characterize materials and industrial processes over a wide range of conditions to understand accurately the materials’ behavior.  His experience includes developing new experimental methods, designing and building test fixtures and machines, synthesizing and testing hydrogels, performing animal dissections, using clean rooms, and fabricating and testing composite materials.

Dr. Teller’s consulting focuses on polymer material testing, material modeling for finite element (FE) simulations, and FE simulations.  He has extensive experience in advanced FE modeling, including nonlinear materials, large deformations, nonlinear contact, and impact problems.  Dr. Teller uses FE modeling to guide design engineers to create better products as well as investigate failure of products currently in service. 

Prior to joining Veryst, Dr. Teller was a Yield Engineer at Intel in defect metrology supporting high-volume semiconductor manufacturing.  He participated in both sustaining defect activities as well as defect reduction in leading edge technologies, including new technology startup and legacy processes.

Pronouns: He/Him


Ph.D., Engineering: Solid Mechanics, Brown University, 2012

M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, 2007

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Syracuse University, 2006


"Impact Simulation and Analysis of an HDPE Bottle Pump," SPE ANTEC 2020, Virtual, May 5, 2020 (with J. Bergstrom and D. DeJong).

"Impact Testing and Modeling of a Polycarbonate," NAFEMS CAASE 2020, Virtual, June 16-18, 2020 (with J. Bergstrom).

"Methods for Measuring Impact Properties of TPEs and Elastomers," SPE TPE TopCon, Akron, OH, September 18-20, 2018.  

"Impact Testing and Modeling of Energy Absorbing Foams for Finite Element Simulation," Foam Expo, Novi, MI, February 28-March 2, 2017.  

"Fracture Testing and Cohesive Zone Modeling of Automotive Adhesives," ASME IMECE (American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Phoenix, Arizona, November 11-17, 2016 (with M. Oliver and G. Freeburn).

Selected Publications 

"High Strain Rate Testing of Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers," Rubberworld, January 2019.  

"Techniques to Measure Impact Properties of Polymers," SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) ANTEC 2018, Orlando, FL (with S. Brown, J. Bergstrom, and M. Oliver).

"High Strain Rate Testing and Material Modeling of an Anisotropic Glass Fiber Filled Polyetherimide," 15th International LS-DYNA Users Conference, 2018 (with J. Bergstrom).  

"High Strain Rate Testing and Modeling of Polymers for use in Finite Element Simulations," SPE ANTEC 2017, Anaheim, CA (with J. Bergstrom and G. Freeburn).  

"A New High Strain Rate Biaxial Experiment to Validate Constitutive Models for Polymers," ASME IMECE, Vol. 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids; NDE, Diagnosis, and Prognosis, 2016 (with J. Bergstrom and E. Schmitt). 

"High Frequency Viscoelastic Shear Properties of Vocal Fold Tissues: Implications for Tissue Engineering," Tissue Engineering Part A, Vol. 18, No. 19-20, pp. 2008-2019, 2012 (with A.J. Farran, L. Xiao, R.L. Duncan, R.J. Clifton, and X. Jia).

"Viscoelastic Shear Properties and Histology of Human and Porcine Vocal Fold Tissues at High Frequency," 48th Annual Technical Conference of Society of Engineering Sciences, 2011 (with A.J. Farran, R.J. Clifton, and X. Jia).

"Measuring the High Frequency Response of Soft Viscoelastic Materials at Finite Strain," In: Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Volume 1, Springer New York, 2011 (with R.J. Clifton and T. Jiao).

"Tunable Mechanical Stability and Deformation Response of a Resilin-based Elastomer," Biomacromolecules  Vol. 12, No. 6, pp. 2302-2310, 2011 (with L. Li, R.J. Clifton, X. Jia, and K.L. Kiick).

"Effects of Matrix Composition, Microstructure and Viscoelasticity on the Behaviors of Vocal Fold Fibroblasts Cultured in Three-Dimensional Hydrogel Networks," Tissue Engineering Part A, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 1247-1261, 2010 (with A.J. Farran, A.K. Jha, T. Jiao, R.A. Hule, R.J. Clifton, D.J. Pochan, R.L. Duncan, and X. Jia).

"Recommendations for an ASTM Standardized Test for Determining GIIc of Unidirectional Laminated Polymeric Matrix Composites," Journal of ASTM International, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 1-11, 2010 (with B.D. Davidson).

"Structural Analysis and Mechanical Characterization of Hyaluronic Acid-Based Doubly Cross-Linked Networks," Macromolecules, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 537-546, 2009 (with A.K. Jha, R.A. Hule, T. Jiao, R.J. Clifton, R.L. Duncan, D.J. Pochan, and X. Jia).

"Variability in Mixed-Mode Delamination Toughness with Implications for Research and Practical Applications," Proceedings of the 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Paper No. AIAA-2007-0160, Reno, Nevada, 2007 (with B.D. Davidson).

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