A.J. Durelli was one of the most outstanding experimental stress analysts in the world during the second half of twentieth century. Known primarily for his work in brittle lacquer techniques, photoelasticity, and moiré methods, throughout his career, Dr. Durelli consistently sought out new methods to solve problems rather than to solve new problems with existing methods. He often challenged his students and colleagues to view the world from a different perspective, and bestowed on our Society some of its greatest gifts – productive, caring, and competent people.
The purpose of this award is to recognize a young professional who has introduced, or helped to introduce, an innovative approach and/or method into the field of experimental mechanics. The individual’s contribution shall be distinguished in that it departs from the norm and/or challenges the existing train of thought in the Society.
The award in question is designed to recognize a relatively young individual for distinguished, innovative work in experimental mechanics; one of the qualities that A.J. recognized and instilled so well in others.
Initially, this award was intended to be presented every two years. In 2009 the Honors Committee recommended that this award be presented annually and this change was approved by the Executive board in June 2009.
For the application of experimental mechanics to investigate polymer crystalline lattice deformation, non-linear fracture, high strain-rate behavior and self-healing phenomenon.
Eric N. Brown is the Division Leader for the Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he oversees the premier research program on energetic materials and dynamic material response in support of National Security. His research has spanned fracture and damage of complex heterogeneous polymers and polymer composites for energetic, reactive, and structural applications including crystalline phase transitions, plasticity, dynamic loading conditions, and self-healing materials. Within SEM he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, served three terms as an Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics, served as a Board of Directors as Member-at-Large, was a member the Technical Activities Council, chaired the Research Committee and the Biological Systems and Materials Technical Division, is active in the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Technical Division, is a member of SEMEF, and received the SEM JSA Young Investigator Award. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the A. J. Durelli Award in the past.
2016 – J. Wang
2015 – F.W. DelRio
2014 – S. Yoneyama
2013 – I. Chasiotis
2012 – M.B. Prime
2011 – K.J. Grande-Allen
2010 – C. Furlong
2008 – G.H. James
2006 – H.A. Bruck
2004 – P.G. Ifju