is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University, where he is the
Director of the Nuclear Engineering Research Center (NERC) and Mechanics at Extreme Temperatures Lab (METL). His research focus is in experimental
solid mechanics in challenging environments, and at extreme temperatures in particular. His lab uses advanced image-based methods to record
full-field temperatures, displacements, and strains using an advanced camera system which is potentially the highest-temperature full-field
measurement capability of its kind. He studies heterogeneous failure mechanisms including fracture, fatigue, and creep; with applications
geared towards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries. Since joining Utah State in 2015, his lab has received funding from the US
Department of Energy, the Air Force Research Lab, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and NASA.
Dr. Berke received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, where his dissertation research was on thermo-mechanical characterization in solid oxide fuel cells at temperatures up to 800C. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, studying thermo-mechanical fatigue in nickel superalloys at temperatures up to 1125C. More recently, he has also worked as a summer faculty fellow at the Air Force Research Lab's Turbine Engine Fatigue Facility. He currently holds leadership positions in the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) Fracture & Fatigue Division, as well as the American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) technical committee for Experimental Mechanics.