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Dominick J. Demichele Scholarship Award



Dick DeMichele worked very hard to make the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) accessible to everyone.  He understood the importance of the discussion and sharing of new ideas in a conference setting.  He felt it was especially important to get students in the experimental mechanics field involved in IMAC.

The purpose of this award is to honor and memorialize the generous spirit of Dick DeMichele by providing financial assistance to students traveling to present papers at an IMAC. 


The Award Consists of:

(1) Reimbursement of all (student-rate) IMAC conference fees paid by the recipient(s).

(2) Reimbursement of all reasonable travel expenses incurred by the recipient(s) in attending the IMAC conference where the presentation is made.

(3) Recognition of the recipient(s) through presentation of a framed certificate at the Conference Luncheon and Awards Ceremonies conducted in conjunction with the IMAC at which the presentation is made.


Criteria for Selection:

The recipient shall be a student in good standing at a recognized college or university.

The recipient shall be the designated presenter of a paper that has been accepted for presentation at a forthcoming IMAC.

The recipient shall preferably be a first-time presenter at an IMAC.


Nominations for the Award: 

Nominations of potential recipients should be made to the IMAC Program Planning Committee by SEM Members and/or the student’s major professor. The nomination shall consist of a letter; a brief resume of the student; a short discussion of the relevance of the paper topic to the IMAC conference; and a statement detailing why the nominator believes that the nominee should receive the award. Send nominations to IMAC Program Planning Committee, c/o Managing Director, SEM, 7 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801, (203) 790-6373, fax: (203) 790-4472, email:




  Javad Baqersad
Javad Baqersad is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a graduate student and research assistant, he has been working at the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (SDASL) since January 2011. His research interests and experiences are related to structural dynamics and vibrations, experimental measurement techniques, structural health monitoring, digital image correlation, and finite element method. As part of his Ph.D. dissertation, he has integrated a non-contact stereophotogrammetry technique with a new analytical structural dynamic approach to accurately predict the global dynamic strain of rotating structures (e.g., wind turbines and helicopter blades). He has conducted research on multiple structures such as wind turbines, helicopter rotors, and passenger cars. His work has previously received recognition from the scientific community. He was one of six finalists out of 120 applicants and received an Honorable Mention at the SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Contest in March 2014. He was also honored for his academic and professional achievements with the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award from the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMass Lowell.
  Emiel Barten
  Jean-Philippe Noël
  Siavash Dorvash
  Zhu Mao
  Jan Herrmann
  Aditya C. Gondhalekar
  Dongsheng Li
  H. Sezer Atamturktur
  Francesco Massi, Diego Giraldo, Erik H. Clayton
  Kelly A. Salyards
  Nadine Conza
  Prasenjit Mohanty






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