J. W. Dally Young Investigator

James W. Dally, P.E., Ph.D., has been internationally recognized for seminal contributions to the development of experimental methods for studying dynamic fracture mechanics and stress wave propagation problems; for academic leadership; and for developing innovative teaching materials and textbooks for undergraduate and graduate education.

Since his retirement from active teaching and research at the University of Maryland, College Park, Jim serves as an engineering consultant for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and manages College House Enterprises, LLC (Knoxville, TN), a niche publisher of engineering textbooks.

Previously, Jim taught at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO); and he served as dean of engineering at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. He also held positions at the Mesta Machine Co. (Homestead, PA); IIT Research Institute, Chicago; and IBM (Manassas, VA).

An ASME Fellow, Jim is also a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and the American Academy of Mechanics, and a member of American Society for Engineering Education and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Among his distinguished honors, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1984); was selected by his peers to receive the Senior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Engineering (1991) and the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award (1993) at the University of Maryland. He was a member of the University of Maryland team that received the Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by the Boeing Co. (1996), and more recently, he received an Outstanding Alumni Award (2009) from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering department, the 2012 Daniel C. Drucker Medal from ASME and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of ASEE in 2013.

Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, in 1951 and 1953, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958.

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2019 Recipient

For significant contributions to education in the field of experimental mechanics and research in the field of high strain-rate and impact response with a focus on brittle materials .

Jamie Kimberley
Jamie Kimberley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Thereafter he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, receiving his M.S. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Upon completion of his Doctoral degree he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as a postdoctoral fellow.

His research interests focus on the experimental characterization of materials subjected to high rate loading, and the development of models describing the associated material response. Research topics have spanned serval orders of magnitude in length scale: from the impact response of Micro Electromechanical Systems (micron scale) to asteroid disruption studies (Kilometer scale). Current topics of interest focus on problems of dynamic micromechanics in coupled materials systems (e.g. mechanoluminescent materials and reactive material systems).

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the J. W. Dally Young Investigator Award in the past.

2018 - Addis Kidane
2017 - Dr. Shuman Xia
2016 - Samantha Daly