D. J. DeMichele Award

This award, established in 1990 in honor of Dominick J. DeMichele (1916-2000), recognizes an individual who has demonstrated “exemplary service and support of promoting the science and educational aspects of modal analysis technology.” This award is presented annually at the International Modal Analysis Conference.

Dominick J. DeMichele was the past director of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC), having directed 13 annual IMACs, and was founder and president of Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Services. He held a B.S.M.E. from Rensselaer and was also a graduate of the New York Diesel Institute. He joined the mechanical engineering department of the general engineering laboratory at the General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY, in 1940 as a project engineer and retired from GE in 1979. He received the coveted Charles E. Coffin Award, the company’s highest award to its employees, for his contribution in the field of solid mechanics (vibration, shock, stress-strain and acoustics). While at GE, Mr. DeMichele was awarded four patents: High Temperature Strain Gages; Strain Gages; Method for Making Resistance Strain Gages; and Strain Gage Pressure Transducer.

Mr. DeMichele was a 42-year member and a Fellow of SEM. He was chair of two national meetings, a member of the Executive Board, a member of the Technical Papers Committee, chair of the national technical session on high temperature strain gages, and organizer and first chairman of the New York-Hudson Local Section of the Society. He was a senior member of the Instrument Society of America and of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Instrumentation Committee for the American Association of Highway Officials Road Test. Mr. DeMichele was appointed a member of the National Commission on Technical Education of the National Science Foundation. He published numerous technical papers and in-house reports covering the development of high-temperature strain gages, special projects in strain gage applications, vibration, acoustics and other measurement programs.

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2022 Recipient

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For many years of contributions in structural dynamic research, education, and personal development making an impact to researchers and student around the globe.

Matthew Allen
Matt Allen is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. Prior to that he taught for 15 years in the department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was fortunate to work with many outstanding students. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BYU, M. S. and PhD degrees from the Georgia Tech in 2005 and was a post-doc at Sandia National Laboratories. He enjoys playing sheep’s head (a Bavarian card game) during breaks at IMAC, trying new kinds of ice cream and skiing, hiking, biking or almost anything to do with mountains.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the D. J. DeMichele Award in the past.
2021 - Jason Blough 2020 - Scott Cogan 2019 - Ralph D. Brillhart
2018 - Charless D. Van Karsen 2017 - Mark Schiefer 2016 - Michael D. Todd
2015 - Randy Mayes 2014 - Keith Worden 2013 - Charles R. Farrar
2012 - Raj K. Singhal 2011 - Mark Richardson 2010 - François M. Hemez
2009 - Douglas E. Adams 2008 - Álvaro Cunha 2007 - Daniel J. Inman
2006 - William R. Shapton 2005 - James Lally 2004 - Peter Avitabile
2003 - Carlos E. Ventura 2002 - Roy R. Craig Jr. 2001 - Sam Ibrahim
2000 - Thomas G. Carne 1999 - Alfred L. Wicks 1998 - Randall Allemang
1997 - Kenneth G. McConnell 1996 - Nobuyuki Okubo 1995 - Larry D. Mitchell
1994 - Tzu Chuen Huang 1993 - David J. Ewins 1992 - David L. Brown
1991 - Bruno Piombo 1990 - Dominick J. DeMichele