A. J. Durelli

A.J. Durelli was one of the most outstanding experimental stress analysts in the world during the second half of twentieth century. Known primarily for his work in brittle lacquer techniques, photoelasticity, and moiré methods, throughout his career, Dr. Durelli consistently sought out new methods to solve problems rather than to solve new problems with existing methods. He often challenged his students and colleagues to view the world from a different perspective, and bestowed on our Society some of its greatest gifts – productive, caring, and competent people.


The purpose of this award is to recognize a young professional who has introduced, or helped to introduce, an innovative approach and/or method into the field of experimental mechanics. The individual’s contribution shall be distinguished in that it departs from the norm and/or challenges the existing train of thought in the Society.

The award in question is designed to recognize a relatively young individual for distinguished, innovative work in experimental mechanics; one of the qualities that A.J. recognized and instilled so well in others.

Initially, this award was intended to be presented every two years. In 2009 the Honors Committee recommended that this award be presented annually and this change was approved by the Executive board in June 2009.

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2019 Recipient

For outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge and dissemination of Digital Image Correlation.

Pascal Lava
Pascal Lava obtained a master’s degree in mathematics at Ghent University in June 2002, followed by a Ph.D. in sciences - nuclear physics at Ghent University in 2006. Since January 2008, he worked as a professor at the department MTM at Leuven University. His research topics included DIC and material identification via virtual fields methods and updating finite elements. Pascal Lava is author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and co-founder of the DIC platform MatchID. Currently, he is fully employed as CTO within MatchID with a specific focus on training, the use of DIC to calibrate material models and validate FEA simulations. Pascal Lava has led 9 short courses (SEM and BSSM) and organized 6 full one-week international DIC master classes (Ghent and Philadelphia), intensively training more than 200 DIC practitioners of the future.

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the A. J. Durelli Award in the past.

2018 - Jennifer Jordan
2017 - E. Brown
2016 - J. Wang
2015 - F.W. DelRio
2014 - S. Yoneyama
2013 - I. Chasiotis
2012 - M.B. Prime
2011 - K.J. Grande-Allen
2010 - C. Furlong
2008 - G.H. James
2006 - H.A. Bruck
2004 - P.G. Ifju