IMAC Advisory Board 2018-2019

CONFERENCE DIRECTOR

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Mike Mains

Michael Mains received his B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and 1994, respectively.

Mike is currently a 14-year member of Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), preparing to serve at the Upcoming International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) as the Conference Director. He is also serving as the chair of the Modal Analysis and Dynamic Systems Technical Division and has been a member of SEM’s executive board. He has also been active in the “Basics of Modal Analysis for the New/Young Engineer” sessions at IMAC, a series of lectures, tutorials and vendor presentations designed for first time IMAC attendees and those attendees returning from an extended absence from IMAC.

Mike joined Brüel & Kjær as a Senior Software Developer in the winter of 2004. During his employment with Brüel & Kjær he has had the opportunity to work on many software projects related to Structural Dynamics, Modal Analysis Modal Vector Correlation and Signal Processing.

This fall Mr. Mains joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Automotive Design I & II. This is a Senior Level Design course sequence that supports the UC Formula SAE Team, a continuation of the Bearcat Motorsports activity that began in the early 1990s.


FUTURE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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Matt Allen

Matt Allen is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Mechanics program in the department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He was previously employed as a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and received Doctoral and M. S. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2004 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2001.  He has developed robust experimental/analytical substructuring methods, a new framework for identifying linear time-periodic systems, continuous-scan laser vibrometry methods and is now studying nonlinear normal modes and reduced order models for geometrically nonlinear structures.  He also enjoys Spanish, downhill skiing, tennis and mountain biking and time with his family.

 

 

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Sez Atamturktur

Dr. Sez Atamturktur serves as the Department Head of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Previously, she served as Associate Vice President for Research Development; and Provost’s Distinguished Professor at Clemson University. Dr. Atamturktur is a professor of civil engineering, professor of mechanical engineering, professor of industrial engineering, and professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences. Her research, focused on uncertainty quantification in scientific computing, has been documented in over 100 peer-reviewed publications in some of the finest engineering science journals and proceedings. Dr. Atamturktur’s research has received funding from several federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as industry organizations and partners, such as the National Masonry Concrete Association and Nucor. She serves as the director of the National Science Foundation-funded Tigers ADVANCE project, which focuses on improving the status of women and minority faculty at Clemson. In addition, Dr. Atamturktur is the director of the National Science Foundation-funded National Research Traineeship project at Clemson, with funding for over 30 doctoral students and a goal of initiating a new degree program on scientific computing and data analytics. Dr. Atamturktur is also the director of a Department of Education-funded Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need project that provides funding for 10 doctoral students. Dr. Atamturktur is one of the four co-directors of Clemson’s Center of Excellence in Next Generation Computing and Creativity. Prior to joining Clemson University, Dr. Atamturktur served as an LTV technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 

 

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Julie Harvie

Julie Harvie is a project engineer at VIBES.technology doing sound and vibration analysis. At VIBES, Julie uses experimental modelling, dynamic substructuring, and transfer path analysis techniques for complex engineering applications. Julie has also spent five years at Sandia National Laboratories doing analysis of mechanical shock and vibration environments. She earned her BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell while working in the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (SDASL).


PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITEE

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Jim 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 Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983, 1985, and 1997, respectively. His testing background includes ground vibration testing of both Boeing’s and Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter and Orbital Sciences X-34 & L-1011 carrier aircraft. He was also involved in the European Service Module Structural Test Article (E-STA) acoustic, vibration, and pyroshock separation tests. He is currently supporting the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and Space Launch System (SLS) programs. He is a member of SEM, AIAA, ASEE, and IEEE.

 

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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 leader.  David’s Sandia career started with modal and structural dynamic testing and includes applications such as MEMS, satellites, and other Sandia missions.  David was promoted to manager of the Structural Dynamics and Radiography/NDE department in 2012 and has since held several management positions including a two year rotation in Washington DC.



 

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Mike Mains

Michael Mains received his B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and 1994, respectively.

Mike is currently a 14-year member of Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), preparing to serve at the Upcoming International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) as the Conference Director. He is also serving as the chair of the Modal Analysis and Dynamic Systems Technical Division and has been a member of SEM’s executive board. He has also been active in the “Basics of Modal Analysis for the New/Young Engineer” sessions at IMAC, a series of lectures, tutorials and vendor presentations designed for first time IMAC attendees and those attendees returning from an extended absence from IMAC.

Mike joined Brüel & Kjær as a Senior Software Developer in the winter of 2004. During his employment with Brüel & Kjær he has had the opportunity to work on many software projects related to Structural Dynamics, Modal Analysis Modal Vector Correlation and Signal Processing.

This fall Mr. Mains joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Automotive Design I & II. This is a Senior Level Design course sequence that supports the UC Formula SAE Team, a continuation of the Bearcat Motorsports activity that began in the early 1990s.
 

 

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Christopher Niezrecki

Christopher Niezrecki is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He obtained dual BS degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (http://sdasl.uml.edu/) and Director of the NSF-Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy Science Technology and Research (WindSTAR).  He has been directly involved in mechanical design, smart structures, noise and vibration control research for over 27 years.  Areas of current research include: renewable energy systems, wind turbine dynamics, monitoring, and inspection, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, signal processing, structural health monitoring, and smart materials.  He is the 2018 Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair and funding for his research ($11M+) has been provided through grants from numerous federal and state agencies as well as several industry sponsors.


EXHIBIT PLANNING COMMITTEE

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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 modal analysis, sound intensity measurement, nearfield acoustic holography and transducer calibration techniques.  Since 1994, Bono has been with The Modal Shop, holding various positions with engineering, sales and marketing responsibilities.

 

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Ralph Brillhart

Mr. Brillhart is Vice President, Test & Director, Test Development, with ATA Engineering, Inc. in San Diego, California. He was a principal in the formation of ATA which started as a spin-off operation from Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) in 2000. His career spans over 40 years during which he has become recognized worldwide for his modal testing and analysis expertise. He has authored numerous papers discussing new approaches to modal testing and the general applications of modal testing techniques. His work has covered large scale modal surveys and other test programs in the aerospace, transportation, and entertainment industries focusing on dynamic and static durability and qualification testing of structures.
 
He has served as a corporate member of the SEM Executive Board, as well as serving on the IMAC Advisory Board for the past eight years.
 
He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1977. In 1983, he obtained his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Dynamics and Controls from the University of California, Davis.

 

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Jennifer Mowry

Jenn has been working for Brüel & Kjær for 16 years handling all North American Trade Show, hospitality events and sales meetings. Prior to that she worked for 5 years at Sound and Vibration magazine.