G. A. Brewer

In memory of Given A. Brewer, Teledyne Engineering Services, Waltham, Massachuetts, established the Brewer Teledyne Award in 1989 (now called Brewer Award).

Mr. Brewer created Brewer Engineering Laboratories. As its director, Mr. Brewer carried out over 700 projects using experimental and theoretical techniques. His business was later sold to Teledyne and he became a consultant to the company. Mr. Brewer was a valued member of SEM and was active in both leadership and technical activities. The annual award will consist of an award plaque in the recipient’s name.

The criteria for the award stipulates that it be given to “an outstanding practicing experimentalist” chosen by the Honors Committee. The award is intended as recognition of skill in the practical application of experimental mechanics techniques. A person whose primary affiliation is with a university would be eligible if substantial amounts of consulting work involved hands-on experimental analysis. The first Brewer-Teledyne award was presented in June, 1989 to (Mrs.) Heidi Brewer in her husband’s memory.

Award Guidelines      Award Nomination Form


2021 Recipient

Picture of Jennifer Jordan

In recognition of contributions to the shock and mechanical characterization of polymers and energetics.

Jennifer Jordan
Jennifer L. Jordan is the Technical Deputy in LANL’s UK Program Office. Prior to this position, she was Group Leader for Shock and Detonation Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has also served as the Dynamic Materials and Interactions Program Officer at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Lead for the Munitions Energetic Materials Core Technical Competency, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. Jennifer’s research has focused on the high strain rate response of polymers and composites. Within SEM, she is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, an active member of the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Technical Division and the Research Committee. Jennifer is a recipient of the A.J. Durelli Award (2018) and the G.A. Brewer Award (2021). She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Brewer Award in the past.
2020 - Daniel Casem 2019 - John Considine 2018 - Gary Foss
2017 - Charles Farrar 2015 - Phillip Reu 2014 - Randall Mayes
2012 - Hubert W. Schreier 2010 - Richard Mark French 2009 - C.T. Wu
2008 - Edwin O’Brien 2006 - Richard L. Burguete 2005 - Ron Slaminko
2004 - James L. Turner 2003 - Kenneth G. McConnell 2002 - Arkady Voloshin
2001 - Bongtae Han 2000 - Bradley Boyce 1999 - Susan K. Foss
1998 - Robert C. Schwarz 1997 - David W. Windstein 1996 - Jonathan S. Epstein
1995 - Gene E. Maddux 1994 - A. Umit Kutsay 1993 - Stephen Wnuk
1992 - Jan Cernosek 1991 - Ferdi B. Stern 1990 - Burke C. Dykes
1989 - Heidi Brewer