Todd Murray
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Todd W. Murray received a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Following this, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, where he remained for 8 years. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. He also spent one year as a Visiting Research Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is the recipient of an IPPA (International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association) Junior Research Award, a NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the Boston University Technology Development Award, the Boston University SPRING Award, and a Special Service Citation from AIAA. He serves on the scientific committee for the International Symposia on Laser Ultrasonics and the International Conference on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena, and is the Regional Editor (North America) for the Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation. Professor Murray’s research has focused on the development of novel techniques for the characterization of materials, structures, and biological tissues in a non-invasive manner.  He has developed laser-based ultrasonic approaches for the measurement of elastic and thermal properties of materials and for the detection of subsurface defects in microelectronic components. Additional research interests include elastic wave propagation, nanoparticle based sensors, and the development of laser-based techniques to interface with nanoscale mechanical devices.