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Sara Campbell

Research Interests:

Advanced mechanical and material property characterization of mineralized tissues (e.g., bone and teeth) and bio-replacement polymers. Current research seeks to quantify viscoelastic properties of these materials using both nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) with nanoscale imaging capabilities. Additional interests include quantitative backscatter electron (qBSE) imaging for site matched measurements of mineral content and mechanical properties.

Professional Affiliations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Sigma Pi Sigma (SPS), Physics Honor Society

Awards and Honors:

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIST (2010)
Graduate School Dissertation Finishing Fellowship, University of Colorado (2010)
Graduate Student Service Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering (2009)
Best Presentation at Graduate Engineering Annual Research Symposium (2009)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2006-2009)
Outstanding Senior Physics Major, Coe College (2005)
Clark Merit Fellowship, Coe College(2004-2005)
Hunt Prize in Mathematics, Coe College (2003)
Society of Physics Students Scholarship, SPS (2003)


Campbell, S.E., Geiss, R., Ferguson, V.L. “Creation of lithium-rubidium borosilicate glass standards for quantitive backscatter electron imaging of mineralized tissues ” (In preparation)

Campbell S.E.,
Cuozzo, F.P., Sauther, M.L., Sponheimer, M., Ferguson, V.L. “Nanoindentation of Lemur Enamel: Investigation of property variations within a single molar and between species” American Journal of Physical Anthropology. (In press, 2011)

Paietta, R.C., Campbell, S.E., Ferguson, V.L. "Influences of spherical tip radius, contact depth and contact area on nanoindentation properties of bone" Journal of Biomechanics. (In Press 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.10.008).

Olesiak, S.E., Oyen, M.L., Ferguson, V.L. “Viscous-Elastic-Plastic Behavior of Bone using Berkovich Nanoindentation” Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials. 14: 111-124, 2010.

Olesiak, S.E., Sponheimer, M., Eberle, J.J., Oyen, M., Ferguson, V.L. “Nanomechanical Properties of Modern and Fossil Bone” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 289 (1-4): 25-32, 2010.

Ferguson, V.L., Olesiak, S.E. “Nanoindentation of Bone” In Oyen, M.L., editor The Handbook of Nanoindentation with Biological Applications, World Scientific inc. Press, 2010.


Materials Research Engineer
Materials Reliability
Nanoscale Reliability

Employment History:

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, Materials Reliability Division (2010 - Present)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado- Boulder (2006-2010) 

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) NASA Langley, Hampton, VA (Summer 2004)                                                                                                   

Research Assistant, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA (2001-2005)


Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder (2010)
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder (2007)
B.A. Physics, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA (2005)

Phone: 303-497-6570
Fax: 303-497-5030