D. R. Harting

(formerly the Experimental Techniques “Outstanding Paper” Award)

Darrell R. Harting, a 37-year SEM member and one of Experimental Techniques founders, passed away in 1996. In recognition of his considerable contributions to SEM as a member, as its President in 1977-1978, as Fellow in 1983, and as an early proponent of Experimental Techniques, the SEM Honors Committee recommended, and the Executive Board approved, that the E/T Outstanding Paper Award be renamed the D.R. Harting Award.This award was formally established in 1987 by the Executive Board. However, the award was first presented in 1981, when Experimental Techniques started publication on a regular basis. The award, consisting of a plaque, is presented at SEM’s Spring Conference. Candidates are nominated by E/T reviewers who cite papers they consider worthy of “Outstanding Paper” status. In January of the year, the E/T Senior Technical Editor prepares a list of nominated papers. Subsequently, all pertinent information is submitted to the Honors Committee for the final selection.


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2018 Recipients

For the outstanding paper entitled “A Technique for Comparing Wall Pressure Distributions in Steady Flow Through Rigid Versus Flexible Patient-based Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Phantoms” published in Experimental Techniques in 2016 (40:1187)

Robert Peattie
Dr. Robert Peattie currently serves as a research professor in the Department of Surgery of Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Peattie received a B.S. degree in Biology from Trinity College in 1979, and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1988. He then spent a year at Johns Hopkins as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Previously, he has held faculty appointments at Tulane University, the University of Connecticut, Trinity College and Oregon State University. In 2001, he served as Visiting Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Utah. He has published over 150 journal manuscripts, book chapters, monographs and conference proceedings, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering.

Rio S. Nomoto

Rio S. Nomoto, MD received an undergraduate degree in biology (with college honors) from the College of the Holy Cross and her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She has engaged in various projects involving modeling of biological processes including 3-dimensional reconstruction of abdominal aortic aneurysms with Robert Peattie, PhD and Mark Iafrati, MD and small β-sheet mimics in an organic chemistry laboratory with Brian Linton, PhD. She is currently in a surgery residency program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mark D. Iafrati

Dr Iafrati is an associate professor of Surgery and chief of vascular surgery at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Dr Iafrati heads the collaborative multispecialty vascular research group at Tufts. Areas of particular research interest include Aortic Aneurysms, advanced venous disease, and wound healing. Dr Iafrati has authored 69 Peer reviewed Journal articles and 16 Text Book chapters.

A. Luis Dorfmann

Professor Dorfmann has appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, both at Tufts University. His research interests are in solid and experimental mechanics.

The objective of the current research is to advance knowledge and understanding in the area of biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the development of constitutive laws (mathematical models of material behavior) for soft biological tissues and engineered materials, functional constructs at the macroscopic level and their components at the cellular and molecular levels. Another major interest is the behavior of materials that rapidly change their mechanical properties by the application of an external electric or magnetic field. He is interested in constitutive models, which account for the finite deformation of highly deformable materials in the presence of an electromagnetic field and for the strong nonlinear coupling between electromagnetic and mechanical effects.

Ethan Golden
Christa M. Margossian
Franceco Q. Pancheri
Erik S. Edgar

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the D.R. Harting Award in the past.

2017 - V. Carvelli, C. Monticelli, Z. Fan, D.  Valletti, M. Nebiolo, A. Messidoro “Biaxial Loading of a Textile Ribbons Structure for an Inflatable Module of Space Habitats”, Experimental Techniques 41(1) (2017): 9-17

2017 - K. Dragnevski, O. Islam, C. Siviour, “In-Situ Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope Observations of Colloidal Failure Mechanisms using the Brazilian Disk Test” Experimental Techniques in 2015 (39:12-18, 2015)

2016 - B. Khalighi, “Development of an Unsteady Pressure Measurement Method” Experimental Techniques 38, no. 4 (2014): 37-44

2015 - M. Pyrkosz, C. Van Karsen “Comparative Modal Tests of a Violin” Experimental Techniques 37, no. 4 (2013): 47-62

2014 - V. Macian, R. Payri, A. Garcia, M. Bardi “Experimental Evaluation of the Best Approach for Diesel Spray Images Segmentation” Experimental Techniques 36, no. 6(2012): 26-34

2013 - K.S. Dai, S.E. Chen, W.Y. Qi, E. Conner, J. Erdle, C. Galloway “Field Testing of Directly Embedded Poles” Experimental Techniques 35, no. 2 (2011): 14-23

2012 - M. Chartrand, V. Brailovski, Y. Baril “Test Bench and Methodology for Sternal Closure System Testing” Experimental Techniques 34, no. 3 (2010): 45-53

2011 - P. Wu, B. Stanford, W. Bowman, A. Schwartz, P. Ifju “Digital Image Correlation Techniques for Full-Field Displacement Measurements of Micro Air Vehicle Flapping Wings” Experimental Techniques 33, no. 6 (2009): 53-58

2010 - M. Pau, A. Baldi, B. Leban “Visualization of Contact Areas in Bolted Joints Using Ultrasonic Waves” Experimental Techniques 32, no. 4 (2008): 49-53

2009 - J.P.J.G. Ferreira, F.A.B. Branco “The Use of Glass Fiber–Reinforced Concrete as a Structural Material” Experimental Techniques 31, no. 3 (2007): 64-73

2008 - E. Drean, J.-F. Osselin, F. Bauer, J.-Y. Drean “A Novel Device for Yarn Pressure Variation Measurement in Wild Winding” Experimental Techniques 30, no. 4 (2006): 34-83

2007 - K. Xia, A.J. Rosakis, H. Kanamori “Supershear and Subrayleigh to Supershear Transition Observed in Laboratory Earthquake Experiments” Experimental Techniques 29, no. 3 (2005): 63-66

2006 - Y. Champoux, P. Vittecoq, P. Maltais, E. Auger, B. Gauthier “Measuring The Dynamic Structural Load of an Off-Road Bicycle Frame” Experimental Techniques 28, no. 3 (2004): 33-36

2005 - H.T. Wong, J.G. Teng, Z.C. Wang “A Pulley-Based System for the Simulation of Distributed Loading on Shell Roof Structures” Experimental Techniques 27, no. 5 (2003): 21-27

2004 - N.L. Johnson, A.L. Browne “Dynamic Crush Tests Using a “Free-Flight” Drop Tower: Practical Aspects” Experimental Techniques 26, no. 6 (2002): 47-49

2003 - G. Prater Jr., W.P. Hnat, C.R. Ullrich “Soil Penetration Measurements Supporting the Design of an Impact Boring Tool” Experimental Techniques 25, no. 6 (2001): 33-36

2002 - H. Chen, D. Liu, A. Lee “Moiré in Atomic Force Microscope” Experimental Techniques 24, no. 1 (2000): 32-31

2001 - S.M. Sargand, I.S. Khoury “Sensor Installation in Rigid Pavement” Experimental Techniques 23, no. 3 (1999): 25-27

2000 - D.E.P. Hoy “A Color Scanner as a Digital Recording Polariscope” Experimental Techniques 22, no. 2 (1998): 26-27

1999 - J.A. Cafeo, R.S. Thomas “The Use of Statistical Tools to Contend With Variability in Engineering” Experimental Techniques 21, no. 5 (1997): 26-28

1998 - T.K. Woon “Development of a Load Cell for force Measurements Subject to Flow Interferences” Experimental Techniques 20, no. 5 (1996): 25-28

1997 - J.D. Camping, S.R. Short “Crack-Detection Device for Brittle-Matrix Composite Materials” Experimental Techniques 19, no. 6 (1995): 15-18

1996 - P. Stumpf, W. Barrett, N. Popplewell, A.H. Shah, S. Balakrishnan “Automated Wind Tunnel Measurements” Experimental Techniques 18, no. 4 (1994): 34-37

1995 - D.A. Hoeltzel, R. Stark, S. Ali “Voltage-to-Frequency Conversion for Telemetric Strain Measurements in Rotating Mechanical Systems” Experimental Techniques 17, no. 4 (1993): 18-24.

1994 - S.M. Sargand, G.F. Mitchell, R.C. Rogers “Monitoring of Strains in Small Diameter Pipe” Experimental Techniques 16, no. 1 (1992): 40-42

1993 - Y. Guo, P. Ifju “A Practical Moiré Interferometry System for Testing Machine Applications” Experimental Techniques 15, no. 1 (1991): 29-31

1992 - J.A. Lavoie “A Procedure for Aligning Hydraulic Tensile Test Machines” Experimental Techniques 14, no. 5 (1990): 53-56

1991 - H. Schorn, T. Berger-Böcker “Test Method for Determining Process Zone Position and Fracture Energy of Concrete” Experimental Techniques 13, no. 6 (1989): 29-33

1989 - G.L. Cloud, M. Bayer “Moiré to 1370°C” Experimental Techniques 12, no. 4 (1988): 24-27

1988 - G. J. Cisko, J. W. Phillips “A Tension-Torsion Load Cell for Wire Rope” Experimental Techniques 10, no. 12 (1986): 18-20

1986 - R. Prabhakaran, R. A. Naik “Measurement of Contact Angle in a Clearance-Fit Pin-Loaded Hole” Experimental Techniques 10, no. 2 (1986): 25-27

1985 - G.W. Eggeman, H.A. Hackerott “Uniaxial Tensile Test for a Brittle Material” Experimental Techniques 9, no. 7 (1985): 18-19

1984 - J. Cernosek “Mold for Casting Photoelastic Models” Experimental Techniques 8, no. 7 (1984): 21-23

1983 - E.J. Nelson, C.F. Sikorra, J.L. Howard “Measuring Strain Gages Directly Without Signal Conditioning” Experimental Techniques 7, no. 9 (1983): 26-28

1982 - M.E. Tuttle “Load Measurement In a Cylindrical Column or Beam Using Three Strain Gages” Experimental Techniques 5, no. 4 (1981): 19-20

1981 - D.R. Harting “Designing The Load-Measuring System for The Space Shuttle Orbiter/747 Carrier Aircraft Approach and Landing Tests” Experimental Techniques 5, no. 2 (1981): 1-5.