IMAC Advisory Board

The IMAC Charter can be found at the link below. The purpose of this document is to help you understand the the planning and organization of the conference as well as the roles of the IMAC Advisory Board members and its Committees.

IMAC Charter



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David Epp

David Epp is currently the Reactor Facility Development manager at Sandia National Laboratory. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Oklahoma in 1997, 2001 and 2002, respectively with a focus on dynamics and controls. David joined Sandia in 2002 and has held a variety of positions as a staff member, including a test engineer, experimental facility owner, principle investigator, and project...
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Sez Atamturktur

Dr. Sez Atamturktur Russcher returned to Clemson University in July 2023 as Associate Vice President for the Charleston Innovation Centers (located at the CURI Campus in Charleston, SC) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She provides leadership in academic matters and scientific research portfolio of the CURI campus and is responsible for staffing, budgeting, and maintaining the facilities and campus operations. In addition, she serves...
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Julie Harvie

Julie Harvie is working to make electric aircraft a reality in her current role at Lilium in Germany. At Lilium, Julie’s role as a Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) engineer involves combining test and analysis data to provide design recommendations that optimize the vibratory and acoustic characteristics of the aircraft. Prior to this chapter, she spent three years at in the Netherlands as a project engineer and manager...
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Tyler Schoenherr

Tyler Schoenherr is a senior member of staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the analytical and experimental structural dynamics departments. He previously worked at Kohler Engines managing the Research and Development Labs. Tyler’s focus is on characterizing dynamic operating environments and designing laboratory tests to reproduce the damage from operating environments. This focus includes force...
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Matt Allen

Matt Allen is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. Prior to that he taught for 15 years in the department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BYU, M. S. and PhD degrees from the Georgia Tech in 2005 and was a post-doc at Sandia National Laboratories. He enjoys playing sheep’s head (Bavarian card game) during breaks at IMAC, trying....
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James Akers

James C. Akers, Ph.D. is a senior aerospace engineer in the Structural Dynamics Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH. His focus has been the analysis and testing of aerospace hardware in the areas of modal testing and analysis, random vibration, signal processing, and control-structure-interaction. Dr. Akers received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in...
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Zhu Mao

Zhu Mao received his B.S. from Tsinghua University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. Starting from 2015, he holds the Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include dynamics and vibration, structural health monitoring, statistical modeling, uncertainty quantification, and non-contact sensing for system identification...
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Rick Bono

Richard W. Bono is President of The Modal Shop in Cincinnati, OH, subsidiary of PCB Piezotronics, an MTS Systems Corporation. Bono holds a BSME degree from the University of Cincinnati and has studied graduate level courses with the University of Cincinnati’s Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory. Additionally, he has several years’ experience as a test engineer at a prominent noise and vibration consulting firm including experimental...
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Jim Steedman

Jim Steedman (BSME, MSME) studied at the University of Cincinnati where he focused on modal testing, acoustic intensity and structureborne noise radiation. He has consulted in the field of noise and vibration measurement, analysis and control since 1978 working in both the commercial and military sectors. Jim has traveled worldwide, consulting and presenting trainings and seminars on modal testing and analysis, acoustic intensity, environmental...
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Tim Marinone

Tim Marinone is a Project Engineer in the Advanced Test Group at ATA Engineering, Inc. in San Diego, California. His expertise is in modal and vibration testing of complex structures for defense, commercial, and aerospace industries. Tim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2010 and 2012 respectively, while working in the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory...
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Kristin Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman became a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) in 1988. She was the inaugural Student Paper Competition Winner under the guidance of Professor Gary Cloud at Michigan State University in 1990; Chair of the Education Committee from 1991-2007; Associate Editor of Experimental Techniques from 1996-today, and Senior Editor from 2000-2007; President from 2008-2009; Assistant...
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