D. J. DeMichele Award

This award, established in 1990 in honor of Dominick J. DeMichele (1916-2000), recognizes an individual who has demonstrated “exemplary service and support of promoting the science and educational aspects of modal analysis technology.” This award is presented annually at the International Modal Analysis Conference.

Dominick J. DeMichele was the past director of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC), having directed 13 annual IMACs, and was founder and president of Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Services. He held a B.S.M.E. from Rensselaer and was also a graduate of the New York Diesel Institute. He joined the mechanical engineering department of the general engineering laboratory at the General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY, in 1940 as a project engineer and retired from GE in 1979. He received the coveted Charles E. Coffin Award, the company’s highest award to its employees, for his contribution in the field of solid mechanics (vibration, shock, stress-strain and acoustics). While at GE, Mr. DeMichele was awarded four patents: High Temperature Strain Gages; Strain Gages; Method for Making Resistance Strain Gages; and Strain Gage Pressure Transducer.

Mr. DeMichele was a 42-year member and a Fellow of SEM. He was chair of two national meetings, a member of the Executive Board, a member of the Technical Papers Committee, chair of the national technical session on high temperature strain gages, and organizer and first chairman of the New York-Hudson Local Section of the Society. He was a senior member of the Instrument Society of America and of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Instrumentation Committee for the American Association of Highway Officials Road Test. Mr. DeMichele was appointed a member of the National Commission on Technical Education of the National Science Foundation. He published numerous technical papers and in-house reports covering the development of high-temperature strain gages, special projects in strain gage applications, vibration, acoustics and other measurement programs.

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2017 Recipient
in recognition of his exemplary service and support in promoting the science and educational aspects of modal analysis technology.

Mark I. Schiefer
Mark Schiefer - Senior Scientist, Senior Technical Fellow, The Modal Shop, Cincinnati Ohio Professional Interests include Instrumentation, Sensors, Signal Processing, Dynamic Smart Sensing Systems, Calibration, Standards, Process Vibration Analysis Instrumentation. Personal Interests include UP Michigan Outdoors, Fishing, Hunting, and Snowmobiling. Has practiced as an Electrical Engineer serving the mechanical dynamics industry for 37+ years. Served as architect, implementation, sales, training & service of several generations of multi-channel dynamic signal analyzers and condition monitoring systems. Has been instrumental in advancing Modal Shop’s smart sensing solutions including but not limited to TEDS, NDT, Calibration and Smart Shaker and Amplifier series. Served as architect, implementation, sales, training & service of Modal Shop’s globally recognized Primary Vibration Calibration System. Serves on IEEE 1451, ISO/TC 108, and ASTM E07 standards bodies. Presents calibration and dynamic instrumentation topics at conferences and seminars on a global basis. As Senior Technical Fellow, serves in a global interface capacity between Sales, Marketing, Service, Support and Engineering. Leader of the TMS charge to global dominance in Vibration Sensor Calibration, Resonant Acoustic Method Non-Destructive Testing and Smart Sensing Solutions industries through vision, perseverance, and 37+ years of industry presence and knowledge. As a result, TMS Global Sales have increased from less than 15% to greater than 50% of total company sales to date.
Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the D.J. DeMichele Award in the past.

2016 - M. Todd
2015 - R. Mayes
2014 - K. Worden
2013 - C. Farrar
2012 - R. Singhal
2011 - M. Richardson
2010 - F.M. Hemez
2009 - D.E. Adams
2008 - A. Cunha
2007 - D.J. Inman
2006 - W.R. Shapton
2005 - J. Lally
2004 - P. Avitabile
2003 - C. Ventura
2002 - R. Craig
2001 - S. Ibrahim
2000 - T.G. Carne
1999 - A.L. Wicks
1998 - R. Allemang
1997 - K.G. McConnell
1996 - N. Okubo
1995 - L.D. Mitchell
1994 - T.C. Huang
1993 - D.J. Ewins
1992 - D.L. Brown
1991 - B. Piombo
1990 - D.J. DeMichele