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Executive Board
2013 – 2014

PRESIDENT

Emmanuel Gdoutos

 
Dr. Emmanuel E. Gdoutos is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Mechanics of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. He is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the European Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea, Russian Academy of Engineering, International Academy of Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) and honorary member of the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF). He received an honorary Ph.D. from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gdoutos is author of over 250 technical papers and 17 books and editor of 15 books. He served as Editor-in-chief of Strain (2007-2010), President of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (2006-2010), the Greek Group of Fracture (2002-2010) and chairman of the European Association for Experimental Mechanics (EURASEM) (2003-2007). He received the award of merit and the Griffith medal from ESIS, the award of merit from EURASEM, Medal and Diploma of the International Academic Rating of Popularity “Golden Fortune,” the Paton Medal of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the Jubilee Medal “XV Year to IAE” of the International Academy of Engineering.

He is Fellow of SEM, served on the Executive Committee (2006-2008) and received the Lazan, Theocaris, Tatnall and Zandman awards.
 
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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Nancy Sottos

 

Nancy Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is also a co-chair of the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Research Theme at the Beckman Institute. Sottos started her career at Illinois in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware. Her research group studies the mechanics of complex, heterogeneous materials such as self-healing polymers, advanced composites, and thin film microelectronic devices, specializing in micro and nanoscale characterization of deformation and failure in these material systems. Sottos’ research and teaching awards include the ONR Young Investigator Award (1992), Outstanding Engineering Advisor Award (1992, 1998, 1999 and 2002), the R.E. Miller award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), University Scholar (2002), the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement (2002), the Hetényi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (2004), Scientific American's SciAm 50 Award (2008), Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science Fellow (2007), and the M.M. Frocht and B.J. Lazan awards from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. She served as Associate Editor (1999-2002) and as Technical Editor (2003-2006) for Experimental Mechanics and currently chairs the International Advisory Board. She has also been a member of the SEM Executive Committee (2007-2009).
 
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VICE-PRESIDENT

G. Ravichandran

 
Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.E. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, Sc.M. in Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures) from Brown University. After a year of post-doctoral work at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and returned to Caltech in 1990 where he has been ever since. He is a Fellow of the SEM and ASME. His awards and honors include, B. J. Lazan and M. Hetényi Awards from SEM and Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from Pi, Tau, Sigma and ASME. He received Doctor honoris causa (Dhc) from Paul Verlaine University and was awarded Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France. His research interests are in the area of mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on dynamic deformation and failure, biomaterials and cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics. He has served as an associate editor of SEM’s Journal of Experimental Mechanics and ASME’s Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.
 
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PAST PRESIDENT

Peter G. Ifju

 
Peter Geza Ifju is a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science (1992), a M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics (1989), and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1986) all from Virginia Tech. He also performed a Post-Doc at NASA Langley Research Center (1992-1993) in the Mechanics of Materials Branch. His research activities include experimental stress analysis, optical methods for stress analysis (moiré interferometry, luminescent photoelastic coatings), and composite materials stress analysis and fabrication. He has also gained notoriety in micro air vehicle (MAV) design, fabrication, system integration, applications, and experimental characterization. Dr Ifju has gained considerable international recognition in experimental mechanics including being selected as the first recipient of the A. J. Durelli Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics in 2004. AIAA granted Dr. Ifju the Abe M. Zarem Award in 2005. He also received the NSF Career award in 1995. His publications have been recognized by paper of the year awards in three separate journals, including the Journal of Experimental Techniques (Harting Award), the Journal of Experimental Mechanics (Peterson Award) and the Journal of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). He has received teacher of the year awards on the department and college level at the University of Florida. The University of Florida MAV Team, lead by Dr. Ifju, won first place overall in the International MAV Competition in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2000 Discovery magazine granted Dr. Ifju a Top Ten Technology Innovation Award for Micro Air Vehicle Development. Dr Ifju has coauthored or authored 2 books (one on experimental stress analysis and one on micro air vehicles), more than 10 book chapters, more than 55 journal papers, and more than 100 conference papers.
 
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PAST PRESIDENT

Carlos Ventura

 
Dr. Carlos Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada since 1992. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia, California and Guatemala. He is currently the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC, and is the author of more than 200 papers and reports on earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and modal testing. He is a member of several national and international professional societies and advisory committees. Ventura has conducted research for more than twenty five years in the dynamic behavior and analysis of structural systems subjected to extreme dynamic loads, including severe ground shaking. His research work includes experimental studies in the field and in the laboratory of structural systems and components. Research developments have included novel techniques for regional estimation of damage to structures during earthquakes, detailed studies on nonlinear dynamic analysis of structures, and methods to evaluate the dynamic characteristics of large Civil Engineering structures. Ventura has a substantial research record in shake table testing and vibration studies of existing structures subjected to different levels of dynamic loading and seismic retrofit of existing structures. His current research is focused on the development of performance-based guidelines for seismic retrofit of schools, on methods to evaluate the interaction between critical infrastructure vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards, and on structural health monitoring of bridges.
 
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TREASURER

Jon Rogers

 
Dr. Rogers received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1980, 1984 and 1986, respectively. Jon joined Sandia in the fall of 1986 in the Vibration Testing Division.  In the test organization, he worked as the test engineer for vibration and shock testing on a number of systems.  Jon was the project leader for the VIBRAFUGE development project which placed a 4000 lb force rated shaker on the 29-foot underground centrifuge, and for the Acoustic Test Facility development project.  This resulted in the construction of the 16,000 cu. ft., high-level chamber with combined acoustic and vibration test capabilities.

Jon moved to Systems Studies in the fall of 1992.  He has worked on a variety of studies including Advanced Manufacturing, the Impact of Technology on the Economy, and many studies involving the weapons program and Underground Facilities.  Jon was made a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the fall of 2002 and was promoted to manager in the fall of 2003.  He is currently the manager of the Strategic Weapons Studies Department which focuses primarily on nuclear and conventional weapons related issues.

Jon has been an active member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics since 1981.  He has served many roles for the Society, including: Member of the Executive Board, Chairman of the Technical Program for the Annual Meeting (4 times), President of the Society, Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Techniques, Chairman of the Editorial Council, and Treasurer of the Society.
 
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ASSISTANT-TREASURER

Kristin B. Zimmerman

 
Dr. Zimmerman’s professional career began with the General Motors (GM) Research and Development (R&D) Center in 1993. Zimmerman created GM’s Academic Partnerships Program, Master Agreement and Satellite Laboratory Network establishing over 100 GM Satellite Laboratories across the globe.
From 1999-2000, she received a Fellowship to the National Academy of Engineering to work on STEM policy. Upon returning to GM, Zimmerman worked in energy and environmental (E&E) policy, 2000-09, and was responsible for creating and implementing GM’s energy and carbon management strategy across the globe.
From 2008-09, Zimmerman was on assignment in Beijing, China setting up and managing GM China’s Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) on the campus of Tsinghua University. She continued her E&E policy work as an original member of the Chevy Volt Team, 2006-12.
Dr. Zimmerman’s educational background includes: Physics and Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University.
 
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SECRETARY

Tom Proulx

 
Dr. Proulx received a B.S. (Chemistry) from Boston College in 1970 and a Ph.D. (Chemistry/NMR Spectroscopy) from Texas A&M University in 1975. After a year of Post-Doctoral work at Texas Christian University, he joined Perkin-Elmer Corporation in 1976. He spent twenty years with Perkin-Elmer in the Analytical Instrumentation business holding a variety of technical, applications, sales, marketing and managerial positions. Since his years at Perkin-Elmer, he has also been with Atlas Software in the sales and marketing of Laboratory Information Systems for Clinical Laboratories, and at Cober Electronics as Marketing Manager, where he was involved with the design, manufacture and sales of industrial microwave systems for heating and research. He joined the SEM staff in October 2001.
 

 
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AT-LARGE MEMBER

Alberto Carpinteri

Professor Alberto Carpinteri is the President of the National Research Institute of Metrology in Italy, INRIM (2011-2015). He is also  the Chair of Structural Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), and the Director of the Laboratory of Fracture Mechanics, since 1986. He has held different responsibilities during this period, among which: Head of the Department of Structural Engineering (1989-1995), and Founding Member and Director of the Post-graduate School in Structural Engineering (1990-). He has been a Visiting Scientist at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA (1982-1983), and a Fellow of different Academies and Institutions, among which: European Academy of Sciences (2009-), International Academy of Engineering (2010-), Turin Academy of Sciences (2005-), American Society of Civil Engineers (1996-). Prof. Carpinteri is President of the International Congress on Fracture, ICF (2009-2013), and has been President of the European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS (2002-2006), the International Association of Fracture Mechanics for Concrete and Concrete Structures, lA-FraMCoS (2004-2007), the Italian Group of Fracture, IGF (1998-2005). He is a Member of the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, IUTAM (2004-2012), a Member of the Editorial Board of thirteen international journals, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Meccanica”, and the author of over 700 publications, of which more than 300 are papers in refereed international journals and 42 are books. Prof. Carpinteri received numerous Honours and Awards: the Robert L'Hermite Medal from RILEM (1982), the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal (1993), the Honorary Professorship from the Nanjing Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, China (1996), and from the Albert Schweitzer University, Geneva, Switzerland (2000), the Wessex Institute of Technology Eminent Scientist Medal, UK (2000), the Griffith Medal from ESIS (2008), the inclusion in the "Top 100 Scientists" list of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK (2009), the Honorary Fellowship Medal from ICF (2009), and the Swedlow Memorial Lecture Award from ASTM (2011).
 
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AT-LARGE MEMBER

Kathryn Dannemann

Dr. Kathryn Dannemann is Principal Engineer in the Engineering Dynamics Department at Southwest Research Institute.  She is a materials engineer with professional interest and experience in the interactive effects of microstructure and processing on materials performance.  For the past decade, Dr. Dannemann has focused on the high strain rate behavior of various materials (e.g., high strength structural steel for naval applications, aluminum alloys for armor applications and brittle materials (high strength ceramics, glass, reinforced carbon-carbon) for defense and space applications), often implementing customized test setups.  She has taught as an adjunct in the ME Department at the University of Texas-San Antonio.  Prior to joining SwRI, she worked at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center and at the Bethlehem Steel Homer Research Laboratories.

Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, and B. S. and M. S. degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She has been actively involved with SEM since 2006 and has chaired and organized numerous conference sessions, as well as the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Track for the 2008 and 2009 annual conferences.  Dr. Dannemann is past Chair of the SEM Dynamic Behavior TD, and is currently serving as Guest Editor for a special issue of Experimental Mechanics.  She has held numerous leadership positions in other technical societies, including ASM International, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Society of Women Engineers.
 
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James De Clerck

 
Dr. James De Clerck is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1991. Prior to joining Michigan Tech in 2009, Jim was a Project Design Engineer at the General Motors Noise and Vibration Center in Milford, Michigan. His areas of expertise include noise and vibration, structural dynamics, design, modal analysis, model validation, inverse methods applied to design, and advanced measurement techniques.
 
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AT-LARGE MEMBER

Charles Van Karsen

 
Chuck Van Karsen has been a member of the Michigan Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics since August 1987. He is currently Associate Chair and Director of the Undergraduate Program. Prior to that he had a twelve year career as a practicing engineer in the Machine Tool, Automotive, and Software industries. He specializes in Experimental Vibro-Acoustics, NVH, and Structural Dynamics. His research efforts have concentrated on experimental noise and vibration methods related to automotive systems and subsystems, large home appliances, machine tools, and off-highway equipment. Chuck regularly presents seminars and short courses on Experimental Modal Analysis, Digital Signal Processing, Acoustic Measurements and Sound Quality, and Source-Path-Receiver methods. At Michigan Tech, Chuck teaches Mechanical Vibrations, Experimental Vibro-Acoustics, Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, and Controls. He received his BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Chuck is currently Chair of the Modal Analysis Technical Division of SEM.
 
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Eric Brown

 
Dr. Eric N. Brown manages the Neutron Science and Technology Group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which conducts internationally recognized programs in dynamic behavior of materials under extreme conditions, fluid dynamics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, and science-based stockpile stewardship. Eric leads an ongoing research program linking fracture, high strain-rate, and shock behavior to atomic-level material evolution in polymers and composites. He pioneered early work into self-healing materials. Eric has received awards from SEM, ASC, DOE-NNSA, LANL, MRS, TMS and the University of Illinois, including SEM’s JSA Young Investigator Lecture and Award (2009). He is presently serving his third term as Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics. He was guest editor for the EM 50th Volume Review Series (2010) and a Special Issue of EM on the Mechanics of Organic, Implant and Bioinspired Materials (2007). He has served SEM as the current vice-chair of the Research Committee, Chair of Biological Systems and Materials TD (2004-2006), and organizer of several Panels on Junior Career Development in Industry & Research Laboratories. He has organized numerous sessions and tracks on Biomaterials, Composites, and Dynamic Behavior of Materials. He has been strongly involved the Dynamic Behavior of Materials TD since its inception, including co-founding the highly successful symposia on the Dynamic Behavior of Low Impedance Materials. Eric received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brown joined LANL as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow and has since held a number of titles in the Materials Science & Technology Division, the office of the Associate Director for Weapons Physics, and Physics Division, as well as Technical Advisor for the Joint DoD/DOE Munitions Program in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
 
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Linda Hanagan

 
Linda M. Hanagan, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been on the faculty at Penn State since 1998 and currently serves as the Graduate Program Officer. Her area of teaching specialization is structural engineering with a particular emphasis in the analysis and design of buildings. She is the recipient of the Penn State Engineering Society’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2003) and the Premier Teaching Award (2008). Dr. Hanagan’s primary research interest is in the vibration serviceability of structures. Her work in this area began in 1991 as a doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After receiving her PhD in 1994, she continued research as a faculty member at the University of Miami and then at Penn State. She received the prestigious AISC Faculty Fellowship award in 2003 to continue her work in floor vibration research. In 2005, Hanagan received a patent for the development of a special purpose device to control excessive walking induced vibrations of lightly damped building floors. With her co-author, Dr. Salyards, she received the Outstanding Paper of 2010 award in recognition for their contribution to the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. She has overseen dozens of research projects, participated in several committees, supervised many students, and written numerous papers that have contributed to the body of knowledge in vibration serviceability.
 
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Christopher Niezrecki

 
Christopher Niezrecki is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He obtained dual BS degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1991. In 1992 he obtained a MS. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in 1999 while working at the Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (CIMSS). He was the Director of the Smart Structures and Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Florida until 2004, is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamic and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (http://sdasl.uml.edu/), and leads the Wind Energy Research Group at UML (www.uml.edu/windenergy). Dr. Niezrecki has been directly involved in smart structures and noise and vibration control research for over 20 years, with more than 90 publications. He is the member of three separate conference executive committees pertaining to structural dynamics/smart structures. Areas of current research include: wind turbine blade dynamics, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, controls, signal processing, structural health monitoring, bio-acoustics, and smart materials. Funding for his research ($6.1M) has been provided by grants from NSF, DOE, ARO, ARL, ONR, AFRL, DOT, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Motorola, Robert Bosch LLC, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, NCIIA, Florida DOT and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is a member of ASME, SPIE, SEM, and the Acoustical Society of America.
 
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Robert Rowlands

 
R. E. Rowlands received his BASc in ME from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and his PhD (1967) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. He was affiliated with the IIT Research Institute, Chicago, from 1967 to 1974 when he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is a ME professor. Bob has published well over 100 archival technical papers (approx. 30% of them in Jour of Experimental Mechanics), is a Fellow of ASME and SEM, past recipient of the Hetenyi and Frocht Awards of SEM, and served as Clark C. Heritage Visiting Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory. He is a registered professional engineer, has served as Assoc. Tech. Editor and/or sits on advisory boards of several technical journals/societies, presented numerous invited technical lectures, reviewed for over 30 technical/professional journals, organizations/societies or granting agencies, has served on numerous UW-Madison committees, and as an engineering consultant, including expert witness.
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