Terry O. Woods, Ph.D., is leader of the Solid Mechanics Laboratory at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in Silver Spring, Maryland. CDRH focuses on ensuring that patients and providers have access to safe and effective medical devices and radiationemitting products.
An ASTM International member since 1994, Woods is active in the Committee on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices (F04). She is chair of the division on resources (F04.01) and of the Subcommittee on Material Test Methods (F04.15). Woods has been honored for her contributions to the committee with several awards, most recently the 2014 Manny Horowitz Award. Last year, she received a Service Award for her service on the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations.
In her work at CDRH, Woods is the lead expert on magnetic resonance imaging compatibility requirements for medical devices, and she helps ensure safety for equipment used in an MRI suite. She has been involved in MRI safety since the early 1990s, working on standards addressing this concern and developing FDA guidance for it. Woods has been with the FDA since 1992.
Woods earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.