J. W. Dally Young Investigator

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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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2020 Recipient

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For landmark work in the area of vibration- based energy harvesting using piezoelectric materials.

Alper Erturk
Dr. Alper Erturk is the Woodruff Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His theoretical and experimental research interests are at the intersection of smart structures and dynamical systems. He is a recipient of various awards including the ASME C.D. Mote Jr. Early Career Award for “demonstrated research excellence in the field of vibration and acoustics,” ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award for “notable contributions to the field of adaptive structures and material systems,” and an NSF CAREER Award. Dr. Erturk received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2009. He is a Fellow of ASME.


Past Recipients

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

2019 - Jamie Kimberley
2018 - Addis Kidane
2017 - Dr. Shuman Xia
2016 - Samantha Daly