Sean S. Teller, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

Dr. Sean Teller is a Senior Engineer at Veryst Engineering.  Dr. Teller has extensive experience in the mechanical behavior of materials at low and high strain rates, including viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity, nonlinear materials, and fracture mechanics.  His work has spanned many disciplines, including tissue engineering, biomaterials, polymer characterization, aerospace applications, and semiconductor manufacturing.  His interests include designing, performing, and interpreting experimental data to characterize materials and industrial processes over wide ranges of conditions to accurately understand their behavior.  His experience includes experimental methods, building and designing test fixtures, hydrogels, animal dissections, sample preservation, clean room use, and composite materials.

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.


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

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

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


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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