Springer/Nature Publishing Young Investigator Lecture

Sponsored by Springer/Nature

The Society has a number of awards which, by their nature, are intended to recognize senior members of the Society for their work in Experimental Mechanics. However, it is also important that the Society recognize members early in their career whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. That is the focus of this new lecture.

As with all SEM awards, we strongly solicit nominations from the members of the Society for this lecture. The nominee should be recognized for the potential of work early in his/her career, and should be a member of the Society. On the academic side, this could be someone at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. On the industrial or Government Lab side, it could be someone up to 10 years after hire. These are only guidelines and not absolute rules.

Award Guidelines     Award Nomination Form


2019 Recipient

Picture of Jason Foley

In recognition of outstanding mid-career contributions to experimental mechanics.

Jason Foley
Dr. Jason Foley earned a B.S. in Physics (1998) and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (1999) from Auburn University and M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Foley is currently an International Program Officer at the U.S. Air Force's European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London (United Kingdom) where he sponsors basic research projects in physics, electronics, and materials at institutions throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He previously led a research group at the Air Force Research Laboratory where he performed basic and applied research in harsh environment-survivable electronics and sensors as well as material response and structural dynamics under high rate loading conditions.

Past Recipients
2018 - Leslie Lamberson
2017 - Christian Franck