B. J. Lazan

This award was established in 1967 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding original technical contributions to experimental mechanics. In 1973 this award was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin J. Lazan, a pioneer in his field who achieved recognition in dynamic testing, vibration, materials damping and fatigue.

The award honors inventors, developers or contributors to the introduction of new devices or methods.

Nominations are solicited from the general membership by the Honors Committee.

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2024 Recipient

Picture of Hongbing Lu

For his original theoretical and experimental contributions in the development of a novel nanoindentation approach in viscoelastic characterization of materials at nanoscale.

Hongbing Lu
Dr. Hongbing Lu is a mechanical engineering professor and the Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Chair affiliated with materials science and engineering, and chemistry at University of Texas at Dallas. He specializes in the mechanics of time-dependent materials. He has made theoretical and experimental contributions to viscoelastic nanoindentation to determine the viscoelastic properties at nanoscale. He has developed an accelerated life testing technique widely used for the design and reliability testing for cardiac rhythm management devices. He has invented a slitting technique for converting an aluminum web into narrower sheets when the two rotary slitting blades form a cant angle to generate a local tension to provide clean shearing while significantly extending the blade life; the technique has been widely used in aluminum industry. He has invented porous nanostructured materials (aerogels) for drastic noise attenuation, mitigating shock wave, and acceleration reduction under impact. Dr. Lu received his PhD in aeronautics from Caltech in 1997, his MS degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University, and his BS degree in Solid Mechanics from Huazhong University of Science & Technology. He has published 150 journal articles, written 6 book chapters, and received five US patents. He is a fellow of SEM and ASME. He is editor-in-chief of Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, and an associate technical editor of Experimental Mechanics.

 
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the B. J. Lazan Award in the past.
 
2023 - Matt Allen 2022 - Yasushi Miyano 2021 - Ghatu Subhash
2020 - Herzl Chai 2019 - Eann Patterson 2018 - Daniel Rittel
2017 - Fabrice Pierron 2016 - Douglas E. Adams 2015 - Michel Grediac
2014 - Francois Hild 2013 - Gary S. Schajer 2012 - Kaliat T. Ramesh
2011 - Nancy Sottos 2010 - Igor Emri 2009 - E. Gdoutos
2008 - Horacio D. Espinosa 2007 - S. Nemat-Nasser 2006 - Yuh J. Chao
2005 - Guruswami Ravichandran 2004 - Yoshiharu Morimoto 2003 - Kenneth M. Liechti
2002 - Arun Shukla 2001 - William N. Sharpe, Jr. 2000 - Wolfgang G. Knauss
1999 - Donald F. Adams 1998 - Michael Y.Y. Hung 1997 - James McKelvie
1996 - Ares J. Rosakis 1995 - C.W. Smith 1993 - Fu-pen Chiang
1992 - Michael A. Sutton 1992 - William F. Ranson 1992 - Walter H. Peters III
1991 - Cesar A. Sciammarella 1990 - Michael M. Lemcoe 1989 - Hal F. Brinson
1988 - Stephen P. Wnuk 1987 - David L. Brown 1986 - A.J. Durelli
1985 - Alexis Lagarde 1984 - Isaac M. Daniel 1983 - Karl A. Stetson
1982 - Sidney J. Green 1981 - Albert S. Kobayashi 1980 - J.E. Starr
1979 - Milton M. Leven 1978 - William T. Bean 1977 - George R. Irwin
1976 - J.C. Telinde 1975 - Michael E. Fourney 1974 - James F. Bell
1973 - S.S. Manson 1972 - Daniel Post 1971 - Darrell R. Harting
1970 - Felix Zandman 1969 - A.C. Ruge 1968 - Greer Ellis