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


2023 Recipient

Picture of Frank W. DelRio

In recognition of outstanding achievements as a practicing experimentalist in the fields of nanomechanics and nanotribology.

Frank W. DelRio
Dr. Frank W. DelRio is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and an Affiliate Scientist at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (since 2020). Prior to joining Sandia and CINT, he was a Project Leader and Group Leader in the Nanomechanical Properties Group and Fatigue and Fracture Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2007-2020) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California Berkeley (2006-2007). He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder in 2006, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University in 2002, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998. He is a practicing experimentalist in nanomechanics and nanotribology, with a focus on the development and use of new methods in atomic force microscopy and instrumented indentation for small-scale mechanical testing in extreme environments. In SEM, he is a Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics and past Chair of the MEMS and Nanotechnology Technical Division, and has been a co-organizer for the International Symposium on Micro- and Nanomechanics for six years.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Brewer Award in the past.
2022 - Michael Hill 2021 - Jennifer Jordan 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