Honorary Member

The grade of Honorary Member is the highest honor the Society can bestow. Honorary Members are approved by the Executive Board in accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution which states, “An Honorary Member is an individual of widely recognized eminence in the field of experimental mechanics who is elected for life by unanimous secret ballot of the Executive Board upon written proposal by at least 25 Individual Members. Receipt of the proposal shall precede the election by at least 30 days. An Honorary Member shall have the same rights and privileges as an Individual Member. The number of living Honorary Members shall not exceed ten at any given time.”

Each new honorary member is notified of this honor by letter from the President of the Society and publicly honored by presentation of a plaque at the next meeting of the Society.

2020 Recipient

Gary L. Cloud
University Distinguished Professor Gary L. Cloud is a recognized leader in the field of experimental mechanics. Professor Cloud’s research interests involve bringing together optical and electronic techniques to solve interesting problems in geomechanics, biomechanics, composites, fracture mechanics, fastening, and nondestructive evaluation. His book, Optical Methods of Engineering Analysis was published by Cambridge University Press in 1995 and is now revised and in its second printing (1998).

Reference contributions include chapters in the Handbook of Experimental Mechanics (2008) and the Marks Mechanical Engineering Handbook (2007). He has delivered many oral presentations to technical and lay groups. More than 50 research contracts have been completed under his direction. Dr. Cloud has served as a consultant to approximately 60 firms and agencies in product design, measurements, and liability. He holds 2 patents and has another patent application in process with specialties in the area of Optical Metrology. He was elected as SEM Fellow in 2001, and has made a significant contribution to SEM through his Back to Basics – Optical Methods series published in Experimental Techniques.

Honorary Members listed by date of election.

Current Honorary Members

2017:  Cesar Sciammarella
2012:  William N. Sharpe, Jr.
2007:  Isaac M. Daniel
2003:  Wolfgang G. Knauss
2001:  Michael E. Fourney
1999:  Daniel Post
1994:  Albert S. Kobayashi
1983:  James W. Dally

Past Honorary Members

2002-2012:  C.W. Smith
2000-2000:  Dominick J. DeMichele
1996-2011:  Felix Zandman
1992-2021:  Fred C. Bailey
1986-1988:  Raymond D. Mindlin
1984-1997:  Greer Ellis
1984-2000:  W.F. Riley
1983-2017:  Charles E. Taylor
1975-1996:  Thomas J. Dolan
1972-2000:  August J. Durelli
1969-1979:  Milton M. Leven
1969-2001:  Daniel C. Drucker
1968-1990:  William M. Murray
1968-2006:  J. Hans Meier
1959-1974:  Max M. Frocht
1956-1984:  Miklos Hetenyi
1953-1981:  Francis G. Tatnall