R. E. Peterson

This award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials. This award is given annually starting with volume 1 of the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials published in 2015. This award was originally established in 1970 for the best applications paper published in Experimental Mechanics for each two-year period ending with the June issue of odd numbered years. In 1973 it was named in honor of Rudolph Earl Peterson. The final award for an applications paper in Experimental Mechanics was given in 2014. A brief biography and an abridged list of Mr. Peterson’s professional accomplishments follow:


Westinghouse Electric Corporation: 1926 with J.M. Lessells in Mechanics Department; Manager, Mechanics Department, 1931; Consultant, 1965.

Primarily in stress analysis, stength of materials and design. 60+ papers; chapters in 6 handbooks; book: Stress Concentration Design Factors (Wiley, 1953).

Professional Society Service:
SEM: Executive Committee, 1946-47; Vice President, 1947-48; President, 1948-49; ASTM: Fatigue Committee Chairman, 1946-59; Administrative Committee on Simulated Service Testing, 1962; Board of Directors, 1957-60; Executive Committee, Materials Science, Division, 1962. ASME: Fellow; Chairman, Applied Mechanics Division; Chairman, Advisory Board, Applied Mechanics Reviews; Chairman, American Standards Association Committee on Symbols for Mechanics.

Other Accomplishments & Recognition:
Founder (1956), Westinghouse Advanced Mechanics School, University of Pittsburgh; Industry Advisory Committee to the National Bureau of Standards; Industrial Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania State University.

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2017 Recipients
For the outstanding papers entitled: “Deformation Mechanics of a Non-linear Hyper-viscoelastic Porous Material, Parts I&II: Testing and Constitutive Modeling of Non-porous Polychloroprene” published in Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, September 2015, Volume 1, Issue 3, 237-248, 249-258

Christopher Salisbury
Christopher Salisbury completed his doctorate part-time in mechanical engineering in 2011 at the University of Waterloo. His research activities focused on the characterization of dynamic properties of materials and wave propagation through porous media in an effort to attenuate blast effects. He currently works for the Department of National Defence in Canada in the area of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Duane Cronin Dr. Duane Cronin is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and University Research Chair in Impact Mechanics and Material Characterization. Professor Cronin’s expertise lies in the areas of materials characterization, impact mechanics, biomechanics and multi-material lightweight vehicles. More recent activities include the application of advanced modeling and material characterization for the investigation and development of implants and devices for human health.

Fue-Sang Lien
Dr. Fue-Sang Lien is a full Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and systematically applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to a wide range of fluid mechanics problems, such as turbulence, multiphase flow, wind energy, pollutant dispersion, aeroacoustics, detonation and multiscale modeling.
Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the R.E. Peterson Award in the past.

2014 - B. Winiarski, P.J. Withers "Micron-Scale Residual Stress Measurement by Micro-Hole Drilling and Digital Image Correlation" Experimental Mechanics 52, no. 4 (2012): 417-428.

2012 - T. Børvik, M.J. Forrestal, T.L. Warren “Perforation of 5083-H116 Aluminum Armor Plates with Ogive-Nose Rods and 7.62 mm APM2 Bullets” Experimental Mechanics 50, no. 7 (2010): 969-978.

2010 - C. Chevennement-Roux, T. Dreher, P. Alliot, E. Aubry, J.-P. Lainé, L. Jézéquel “Flexible Wiper System Dynamic Instabilities: Modelling and Experimental Validation” Experimental Mechanics 47, no. 2 (2007): 201-210.

2008 - S. Sudo, K. Tsuyuki, K. Kanno “Wing characteristics and flapping behavior of flying insects”
Experimental Mechanics 45, no. 6 (2005): 550-555.

2006 - I. Govender, A.T. McBride, M.S. Powell “Improved experimental tracking techniques for validating discrete element method simulations of tumbling mills” Experimental Mechanics 44, no. 6 (2004): 593-607.

2004 - J.P. Hubner, P.G. Ifju, K.S. Schanze, D.A. Jenkins, B.F. Carroll, Y. Wang, P. He, A. Brennan, W. El-Ratal “Full-field strain measurement using a luminescent coating” Experimental Mechanics 43, no. 1 (2003): 61-68.

2002 - S. Yoneyama, J. Gotoh, M. Takashi “Experimental analysis of rolling contact stresses in a viscoelastic strip” Experimental Mechanics 40, no. 2 (2000): 203-210.

2001 - A. Hocknell, S.R. Mitchell, R. Jones, S.J. Rothberg “Hollow golf club head modal characteristics: Determination and impact applications” Experimental Mechanics 38, no. 2 (1998): 140-146.

1998 - D.J. Wissuchek, T.J. Mackin, M. De Graef, G.E. Lucas, A.G. Evans “A simple method for measuring surface strains around cracks” Experimental Mechanics 36, no. 2 (1996): 173-179.

1996 - G. Han, M.A. Sutton, Y.J. Chao “A study of stationary crack-tip deformation fields in thin sheets by computer vision” Experimental Mechanics 34, no. 2 (1994): 125-140.

1995 - T.D. Dudderar, N. Nir, A.R. Storm, C.C. Wong “Isothermal low-cycle fatigue testing of microscale solder interconnections” Experimental Mechanics 32, no. 1 (1992): 11-20.

1992 - M. Saka, M. Nakayama, T. Kaneko, H. Abé “Measurement of stress-intensity factor by means of a-c potential drop technique” Experimental Mechanics 31, no. 3 (1991): 209-212.

1991 - A.M. Nawwar, A. Godon, T. Roots, D. Howard, I.M. Bayly “Development of a measuring system for segmented ship models” Experimental Mechanics 29, no. 2 (1989): 101-108.

1990 - P.R. Schuster, J.W. Wagner “Holographic velocimetry for flow diagnostics”
Experimental Mechanics 28, no. 4 (1988): 402-408.

1988 - E.H. Jordan, C.T. Chan “A unique elevated-temperature tension-torsion fatigue test rig”
Experimental Mechanics 27, no. 2 (1987): 172-183.

1986 - C.M. Vickery, J.K. Good, R.L. Lowery “Experimental analysis of displacements of read/write heads upon floppy-disk media” Experimental Mechanics 25, no. 2 (1985): 200-204.

1985 - T.F. Leahy “The delta-element reusable strain transducer” Experimental Mechanics 24, no. 3 (1984): 191-202.

1984 - J.E. Stone, N.H. Madsen, J.L. Milton, W.F. Swinson, J.L. Turner “Developments in the design and use of liquid-metal strain gages” Experimental Mechanics 23, no. 2 (1983): 129-139.

1983 - A. Komine, A.S. Kobayashi “Interfacial fracture of space-shuttle thermal-protection system”
Experimental Mechanics 22, no. 12 (1982): 454-461.

1981 - M.F. Duggan “Combined-load testing of the space-shuttle insulation at 1100°C”
Experimental Mechanics 20, no. 10 (1980): 350-356.

1979 - J. Dorsey “Homegrown strain-gage transducers” Experimental Mechanics 17, no. 7 (1977): 255-260.