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Congratulations to Vladislav Sevostianov of Las Cruces, NM, Alma Amad Alhussaini of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and Rohan Palanki, 16 of Mobile, AL who were the selected as having the best projects in the experimental study of materials and mechanical structures.  The winners are shown in the above photo with SEM Judges Gary Foss and Kathryn Dannemann.


First Award Vladislav Sevostianov, 15, Las Cruces High School, Las Cruces, New Mexico

EE076  “Self-diagnosing Smart Bolts to Save Your Life” The student embedded galfenol wire in a bolt and experimentally verified that plastic deformation of the bolt could be detected by a magnetic sensor.


Second Award Alma Amad Alhussaini, 17, Dhahran Schools, Khobar, Saudi Arabia

EN054   “The Study of the Effectiveness of Novel Optimization of Digital Image Correlation to Obtain Accurate Full-field Displacement Measurements”  The student studied speckle images obtained from stressed tensile coupons and optimized several test setup parameters to get the best comparison to finite element estimates.


Third Award Rohan Palanki, 16, W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile, Alabama

EN056   “Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Human Breath for Biomedical Applications.”  The student demonstrated that by fluttering in a airflow, a semicircular ribbon of piezoelectric PVDF could be used for energy harvesting for biomedical and other applications. He also showed that it could be used to develop an inexpensive instrument to measure respiratory distress.




SEM encourages students to participate in the activities of the society. The student members of today are the future leaders of the society tomorrow. Here are some of the ways in which students may participate in the society as well as some of the areas of support for student activities.

  • Society Membership - SEM makes membership in the society very affordable.
  • Student Chapters - Student Chapters are a vehicle by which student members can organize activities and events for personal and professional development. SEM contributes some financial support for Student Chapters.
  • Student Paper Competition - Organized every year as part of the SEM Annual Conference this competition gives students an opportunity to present their work and to learn from the experience of presenting their work.
  • SEM Education Committee - The Education Committee at SEM actively seeks to involve students in a variety of activities. They are most interested in hearing from and working with student members to develop meaningful programs to encourage student participation.
  • SEM Education Foundation, SEMEF - SEMEF is an organization within SEM that supplies financial support for student activities. SEMEF supports the Student Paper Competition as well as regional graduate student symposia and other activities. 
  • DeMichele Scholarship - Established in honor of the late Dick DeMichele, the scholarship is intended to help carry out Dick's goal of encouraging and increasing student participation at IMAC. The scholarship is available to financially assist one student each year to attend IMAC in order to present a paper at the conference.






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