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


2022 Recipient

Picture of Sarah Bentil

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

Sarah Bentil
Sarah A. Bentil is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. Prof. Bentil received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and M.S. from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, both degrees in Mechanical Engineering. She has two B.S. degrees from the University of Vermont, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Mathematics. Prof. Bentil’s research interest is in the field of soft material mechanics. Her work includes application of experimental mechanics to (i) investigate traumatic brain injury mechanisms due to blast wave exposure and (ii) characterize the dynamic behavior of polymers in extreme environments.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Springer/Nature Publishing Young Investigator Lecture Award in the past.
2021 - Veronica Eliasson 2020 - Jacob Notbohm 2019 - Jason Foley
2018 - Leslie Lamberson 2017 - Christian Franck