Terrence L. Becker, Jr.

Research Analyst, Yield Book
Fixed Income Research Division
Salomon Smith Barney
388 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013 

Tel: (212) 816-8543
Education Ph.D. Spring 2000
Degree expected, Winter 1999
Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley

M.S., December 1995
Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
GPA: 3.8/4.0

B.S., May 1994
Double Major-Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science
University of California at Berkeley
Upper Division GPA: 3.7/4.0

  • The mechanical behavior of a SiO2-Mo functionally graded material (FGM). Statistical failure modeling based on the Ritchie-Knott-Rice (RKR) failure model. Evaluating effects of modulus gradient on fracture toughness. Here is a paper on this topic
  • Theoretical and numerical investigation of crack kinking and crack path selection in brittle FGM's
  • Development of approximate thermal stress solutions for FGM's. Effect of modulus mismatch on residual stresses Optimizing gradient microstructure for residual cool-down stresses. Linear finite element analysis for thermoelastic FGM's
  • Finite element analysis for fracture mechanics
  • Geometry-dependent effects for fracture mechanics specimens
Coursework Includes:
  • numerical analysis, engineering mathematics, tensor calculus, differential geometry, real analysis
  • continuum mechanics, linear and nonlinear elasticity
  • fracture mechanics, fatigue and fracture behavior of engineering materials, polymers
  • linear and nonlinear finite element analysis, composite materials, and tribology
Publications T.L. Becker, Jr., R.M. Cannon and R.O. Ritchie.
"An Approximate Method for Residual Stress Calculation in an Functionally Graded Material"
Accepted For Publication in Mechanics of Materials

T.L. Becker, Jr., R.M. Cannon and R.O. Ritchie.
"Application of a Statistcial RKR Fracture Model to a Brittle Functionally Graded Material"
Submitted For Publication in 5th International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials, FGM '98. Dresden, Germany. Oct 1998.

A.P. Tomsia, R.M. Cannon, J.M. McNaney, H. Ishibashi, E.Saiz, W. MoberlyChan, T.J. Becker, and R.O. Ritchie.
"Evaluation of Mo-SiO2 Continuous FGMs"
Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory Report No LBLN 40886, Sept 1997

T.L. Becker, Jr., J.M. McNaney, R.M. Cannon, R.O. Ritchie.
"On the limited region of K-dominance in the four-point bend mixed-
mode interface fracture specimen geometry". Mechanics of Materials ,
May 1997, vol. 25, no 4, p 291-308.

T.L. Becker, Jr., J.M. McNaney, R.M. Cannon, R.O. Ritchie.
"Limitations on the use of the four-point bend mixed-mode interface
fracture specimen geometry" . Ceramic Transactions, 1997, vol 77, p149-156.

Work Experience Fall 1997: Graduate student research instructor, Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering , UC Berkeley
Teaching assistant for sophomore-level Introduction to Materials Science class, E45. Conducted laboratory sections, including instruction on theory and experiments. Lead homework help sections. Graded lab reports and exams.

Summer 1994-present: Graduate student research assistant.
Professor R.O. Ritchie research group , Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory .
Statistical modeling of brittle fracture, finite element calcualtion of residual stresses, mechanical testing specimen polishing and preparation, optical microscopy, mechanical testing, and finite element calibration of mechanical test specimens.
Student Activities Member Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honors Society)
Officer of Berkeley student section of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Special US Citizen
Willing to relocate