J. W. Dally Young Investigator

James W. Dally, P.E., Ph.D., has been internationally recognized for seminal contributions to the development of experimental methods for studying dynamic fracture mechanics and stress wave propagation problems; for academic leadership; and for developing innovative teaching materials and textbooks for undergraduate and graduate education.

Since his retirement from active teaching and research at the University of Maryland, College Park, Jim serves as an engineering consultant for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and manages College House Enterprises, LLC (Knoxville, TN), a niche publisher of engineering textbooks.

Previously, Jim taught at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)); and he served as dean of engineering at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. He also held positions at the Mesta Machine Co. (Homestead, PA); IIT Research Institute, Chicago; and IBM (Manassas, VA).

An ASME Fellow, Jim is also a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and the American Academy of Mechanics, and a member of American Society for Engineering Education and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Among his distinguished honors, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1984); was selected by his peers to receive the Senior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Engineering (1991) and the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award (1993) at the University of Maryland. He was a member of the University of Maryland team that received the Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by the Boeing Co. (1996), and more recently, he received an Outstanding Alumni Award (2009) from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering department, the 2012 Daniel C. Drucker Medal from ASME and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of ASEE in 2013.

Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, in 1951 and 1953, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958.

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2018 Recipient
For scientific contributions in dynamic behavior and fracture of non‐homogeneous materials undergoing thermo‐mechanical loading and commitment to education at all levels.

Addis Kidane
Dr. Addis Kidane is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Defense University, Ethiopia in 2001, and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. He joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2011 after completing a two year postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on, energetic, cellular and graded materials, high strain rate experimental mechanics and materials behavior at different time and length scale. He is the recipient of the Orr Early Career Award from the Materials Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Young Investigator Award from AFOSR, the Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grants from ASME Applied Mechanics Division, and Young Investigator Research Award from the College of Engineering and Computing, the University of South Carolina.
Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the J. W. Dally Young Investigator Award in the past.

2017 - Dr. Shuman Xia
2016 - Samantha Daly