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


2019 Recipient

In recognition of contributions as an outstanding practicing experimental stress analyst.

John M. Considine
John M. Considine received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He began his research career at the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in 1985 in the pulp and paper research group. Prof. Robert Rowlands (UW-Madison Retired) and Prof. Jeffrey Suhling (Auburn University) set him on the experimental mechanics career path; FPL scientists Vance Setterholm and Dennis Gunderson encouraged his mechanics exploration. Recent collaboration with Prof. Fabrice Pierron (University of Southampton) has opened additional investigation in paper and wood physics. John enjoys developing unique instruments to explore unique cellulose material behavior of paperboard, currency and stamp paper.

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Brewer Award in the past.
2018 - G. Foss 1999 - S. K. Foss
2017 - C. Farrar 1998 - R.C. Schwarz
2015 - P. Reu 1997 - D.W. Windstein
2014 - R. Mayes 1996 - J.S. Epstein
2012 - H. Schreier 1995 - G.E. Maddux
2010 - R.M. French 1994 - A.U. Kutsay
2009 - C.T. Wu 1993 - S. Wnuk
2008 - E. O’Brien 1992 - J. Cernosek
2006 - R. Burguete 1991 - F.B. Stern
2005 - R. Slaminko 1990 - B.C. Dykes
2004 - J.L. Turner 1989 - H. Brewer
2003 - K.G. McConnell  
2002 - A. Voloshin  
2001 - B. Han  
2000 - B.R. Boyce