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


2022 Recipient

Picture of Michael Hill

In recognition of contributions to experimental techniques for residual stress measurement, fatigue, and other material characterization.

Michael Hill
Professor Michael R. Hill is on the faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, Davis. He joined UC Davis in 1996 after having completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University (advised by Drew Nelson and Sheri Sheppard), and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona (advised by Paul Wirsching). His professional work is dedicated to residual stress engineering, with published works in the areas of residual stress measurement, modeling, and fatigue assessment. Hill founded an industrial services firm in 2005, Hill Engineering, LLC, to solve difficult problems in structural materials, with a special emphasis on residual stress and fatigue engineering. Hill is a Fellow of ASME, active in the Society for Experimental Mechanics, ASTM Committee E08, and is current Chair of the Residual Stress Technical Committee of ASM International.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Brewer Award in the past.
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