R. E. Peterson

This award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials. This award is given annually starting with volume 1 of the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials published in 2015. This award was originally established in 1970 for the best applications paper published in Experimental Mechanics for each two-year period ending with the June issue of odd numbered years. In 1973 it was named in honor of Rudolph Earl Peterson. The final award for an applications paper in Experimental Mechanics was given in 2014. A brief biography and an abridged list of Mr. Peterson’s professional accomplishments follow:


Westinghouse Electric Corporation: 1926 with J.M. Lessells in Mechanics Department; Manager, Mechanics Department, 1931; Consultant, 1965.

Primarily in stress analysis, strength of materials and design. 60+ papers; chapters in 6 handbooks; book: Stress Concentration Design Factors (Wiley, 1953).

Professional Society Service:
SEM: Executive Committee, 1946-47; Vice President, 1947-48; President, 1948-49; ASTM: Fatigue Committee Chairman, 1946-59; Administrative Committee on Simulated Service Testing, 1962; Board of Directors, 1957-60; Executive Committee, Materials Science, Division, 1962. ASME: Fellow; Chairman, Applied Mechanics Division; Chairman, Advisory Board, Applied Mechanics Reviews; Chairman, American Standards Association Committee on Symbols for Mechanics.

Other Accomplishments & Recognition:
Founder (1956), Westinghouse Advanced Mechanics School, University of Pittsburgh; Industry Advisory Committee to the National Bureau of Standards; Industrial Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania State University.

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2021 Recipients

For the outstanding paper entitled "Pressure-Shear Plate Impact Experiments at High Pressures" published in the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials 6, 489–501 (2020)

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Christian Kettenbeil
Christian Kettenbeil received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 2019. His main research interests lie within the field of dynamic behavior of materials at very high pressures. In particular, Christian investigated the dynamic strength of brittle materials such as silica glass and ceramics using the pressure shear plate impact experiment. He then applied his experience in laser-based metrology systems and dynamic finite element simulations at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since January 2021, he has been working as a Product Design Engineer at Apple Inc.

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Zev Lovinger
Zev Lovinger works at Rafael, Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Israel, since 2001, where he is currently a senior researcher and an R&D project manager. His field of expertise is strength and failure of materials under extreme conditions. He completed his B.Sc. in 1999 and M.Sc. in 2001 in civil engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. In 2014 he received his Ph.D. from the faculty of mechanical engineering at the Technion. His Ph.D. research was on shear band failure evolution in collapsing cylinders. From 2017 to 2019, he was visiting associate in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech.

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Suraj Ravindran
Suraj Ravindran is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), working on the high-pressure dynamic behavior of materials. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2018. During his Ph.D. research, he developed a novel experimental technique to measure the local strain and temperatures at high spatiotemporal resolution. His research interests are in the mechanics of materials under extreme pressure, strain rate, and temperature.

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Michael Mello
Michael Mello is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) at Caltech. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from Bridgewater State College, an M.S. degree in optics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from Caltech (GALCIT). Mike began his career as a research engineer in the Brown University plate impact lab from 1988–1997. He later worked at Intel from 1997–2006 as an electronics packaging engineer, where he supported product certification and metrology development and managed the company’s premier mechanical testing laboratory. Mike is also currently an Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Mechanics, a post he has held since 2013.

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Guruswami Ravichandran
Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras (Regional Engineering College, Trichy), and master’s degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures) from Brown University. He has held visiting scholar appointments at Ecole Polytechnique, Indian Institute of Science, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research interests include deformation, failure, dynamic behavior, micro/nano mechanics, active materials, cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the M. Hetényi Award in the past.
2020 - G.C. Ganzenmüller, S. Patil, M. Maurer, M. Sauer, M. Jung, S. Hiermaier, "Simple Glassy Polymer Model", Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials 5, 331–343 (2019) 2019 - J. C. F. Millett, D. L. Higgins, D.J. Chapman, G. Whiteman, I.P. Jones, Y.-L. Chiu, "The Effects of Prior Cold Work on the Shock Response of Copper" Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials 4:2 pp 211–221.
2018 - S. Ravindran, A. Tessema, A. Kidane, “Local Deformation and Failure Mechanisms of Polymer Bonded Energetic Materials Subjected to High Strain Rate Loading” Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials (2016) 2: 146 2017 - C. Salisbury, D. Cronin, F. Lien "Deformation Mechanics of a Non-linear Hyper-viscoelastic Porous Material, Parts I&II: Testing and Constitutive Modeling of Non-porous Polychloroprene" Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials September 2015, Volume 1, Issue 3, 237-248, 249-258.
2014 - B. Winiarski, P.J. Withers "Micron-Scale Residual Stress Measurement by Micro-Hole Drilling and Digital Image Correlation" Experimental Mechanics 52, no. 4 (2012): 417-428. 2012 - T. Børvik, M.J. Forrestal, T.L. Warren “Perforation of 5083-H116 Aluminum Armor Plates with Ogive-Nose Rods and 7.62 mm APM2 Bullets” Experimental Mechanics 50, no. 7 (2010): 969-978.
2010 - C. Chevennement-Roux, T. Dreher, P. Alliot, E. Aubry, J.-P. Lainé, L. Jézéquel “Flexible Wiper System Dynamic Instabilities: Modelling and Experimental Validation” Experimental Mechanics 47, no. 2 (2007): 201-210. 2008 - S. Sudo, K. Tsuyuki, K. Kanno “Wing characteristics and flapping behavior of flying insects”
Experimental Mechanics 45, no. 6 (2005): 550-555.
2006 - I. Govender, A.T. McBride, M.S. Powell “Improved experimental tracking techniques for validating discrete element method simulations of tumbling mills” Experimental Mechanics 44, no. 6 (2004): 593-607. 2004 - J.P. Hubner, P.G. Ifju, K.S. Schanze, D.A. Jenkins, B.F. Carroll, Y. Wang, P. He, A. Brennan, W. El-Ratal “Full-field strain measurement using a luminescent coating” Experimental Mechanics 43, no. 1 (2003): 61-68.
2002 - S. Yoneyama, J. Gotoh, M. Takashi “Experimental analysis of rolling contact stresses in a viscoelastic strip” Experimental Mechanics 40, no. 2 (2000): 203-210. 2001 - A. Hocknell, S.R. Mitchell, R. Jones, S.J. Rothberg “Hollow golf club head modal characteristics: Determination and impact applications” Experimental Mechanics 38, no. 2 (1998): 140-146.
1998 - D.J. Wissuchek, T.J. Mackin, M. De Graef, G.E. Lucas, A.G. Evans “A simple method for measuring surface strains around cracks” Experimental Mechanics 36, no. 2 (1996): 173-179. 1996 - G. Han, M.A. Sutton, Y.J. Chao “A study of stationary crack-tip deformation fields in thin sheets by computer vision” Experimental Mechanics 34, no. 2 (1994): 125-140.
1995 - T.D. Dudderar, N. Nir, A.R. Storm, C.C. Wong “Isothermal low-cycle fatigue testing of microscale solder interconnections” Experimental Mechanics 32, no. 1 (1992): 11-20. 1992 - M. Saka, M. Nakayama, T. Kaneko, H. Abé “Measurement of stress-intensity factor by means of a-c potential drop technique” Experimental Mechanics 31, no. 3 (1991): 209-212.
1991 - A.M. Nawwar, A. Godon, T. Roots, D. Howard, I.M. Bayly “Development of a measuring system for segmented ship models” Experimental Mechanics 29, no. 2 (1989): 101-108. 1990 - P.R. Schuster, J.W. Wagner “Holographic velocimetry for flow diagnostics”
Experimental Mechanics 28, no. 4 (1988): 402-408.
1988 - E.H. Jordan, C.T. Chan “A unique elevated-temperature tension-torsion fatigue test rig”
Experimental Mechanics 27, no. 2 (1987): 172-183.
1986 - C.M. Vickery, J.K. Good, R.L. Lowery “Experimental analysis of displacements of read/write heads upon floppy-disk media” Experimental Mechanics 25, no. 2 (1985): 200-204.
1984 - J.E. Stone, N.H. Madsen, J.L. Milton, W.F. Swinson, J.L. Turner “Developments in the design and use of liquid-metal strain gages” Experimental Mechanics 23, no. 2 (1983): 129-139. 1983 - A. Komine, A.S. Kobayashi “Interfacial fracture of space-shuttle thermal-protection system”
Experimental Mechanics 22, no. 12 (1982): 454-461.
1981 - M.F. Duggan “Combined-load testing of the space-shuttle insulation at 1100°C”
Experimental Mechanics 20, no. 10 (1980): 350-356.
1979 - J. Dorsey “Homegrown strain-gage transducers” Experimental Mechanics 17, no. 7 (1977): 255-260.