Pierce D. Umberger

Pierce D. Umberger, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Umberger is a Senior Consultant with Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi). His background includes mechanics of composite materials, polymers (plastics), metals, applied mechanics, stress analysis, and finite element analysis (FEA). Dr. Umberger has broad experience in many types of mechanical components and systems, including automotive, rail, aviation, consumer products, design analysis, construction, and building products. His investigations include automotive, truck, and rail mechanical systems, vehicle dynamics, and medical devices.

Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Umberger conducted research including numerical and analytical modeling, as well as mechanical testing with both the Virginia Tech Materials Response Group (MRG), as well as the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL).


  • Failure Analysis of a Circular Saw Blade with a Fractured Carbide Tip, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, Manuscript ID JFAP-19-06- 2230.R1, October 2019
  • Failure Analysis of an Aluminum Chiller Pipe by Experimental Simulation and Stress Analysis, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 17, Issue 5, 2017, January 2017

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