Leah M. Ginsberg

Leah M. Ginsberg, Ph.D.

Staff Consultant

Dr. Leah Ginsberg is a Staff Consultant with Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi). Her background includes mechanical engineering and materials science with emphasis in utilizing applied mechanics and computational modeling to determine the relationship between structures and constitutive material properties. Her interests include multiscale modeling, materials characterization, and experimental mechanical testing. She has significant expertise in using finite-element analysis (FEA) to perform stress analyses of complex scenarios involving nonlinearities, contact mechanics, and other phenomena. Additionally, she has considerable experience using mechanical tests to derive material properties, including atomic-force microscopy (AFM) and micro-compression testing.

In her Ph.D. research, Dr. Ginsberg developed a multi-scale biomechanical analysis to study the mechanical properties of individual components within a living cell. She also developed an analytical model to study the effect of living cells acting as composite reinforcements and polymeric crosslinkers in a soft hydrogel material. Her work has been presented at many technical conference meetings and was published in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Ginsberg worked in the aerospace industry for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. While at NASA, she assembled a ground station for radio communication with small satellites (CubeSats). At Boeing, she developed and documented the finite-element model to be used in bird strike analyses. She also studied fastener mechanics and the mechanical behavior of composites and honeycomb structures in aircraft.

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