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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2018 Recipients

For the outstanding papers entitled: “Local Deformation and Failure Mechanisms of Polymer Bonded Energetic Materials Subjected to High Strain Rate Loading” published in Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, (2016) 2: 146


Suraj Ravindran
Suraj Ravindran is a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. His main research interest is in developing experimental techniques to understand the dynamic deformation and failure mechanisms of materials at microscopic length scale. His current research is mainly focused on understanding the local failure mechanisms in polymer bonded explosives subjected to impact and shock loading.

Addis Tessema

Addis Tessema is a PhD candidate at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Addis Ababa University. His research studies focus on the local damage formation and progressive failure mechanisms in composites, image based experimental mechanics and characterizing the thermal and mechanical behavior of nanocomposite.

Addis Kidane

Dr. Addis Kidane is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Defense University, Ethiopia in 2001, and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. He joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2011 after completing a two year postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on, energetic, cellular and graded materials, high strain rate experimental mechanics and materials behavior at different time and length scale. He is the recipient of the Orr Early Career Award from the Materials Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Young Investigator Award from AFOSR, the Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grants from ASME Applied Mechanics Division, and Young Investigator Research Award from the College of Engineering and Computing, the University of South Carolina.

Past Recipients

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the R.E. Peterson Award in the past.

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.

1985 - T.F. Leahy “The delta-element reusable strain transducer” Experimental Mechanics 24, no. 3 (1984): 191-202.

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.