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


2023 Recipient

Picture of Ryan Berke

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

Ryan Berke
Ryan B. Berke is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University. He received his BS from the University of Maryland and his PhD from The Ohio State University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Aerospace En-gineering at the University of Illinois and as a summer faculty fellow at the Air Force Research Lab. His research interest is experimental mechanics at extreme temperatures, with applications geared to-wards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries. He is especially interested in the role that envi-ronment plays on heterogeneous failure mechanisms which include ductility, creep, and fatigue; and in pushing the boundaries of Digital Image Correlation to more extreme temperature, time, and length scales.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Springer/Nature Publishing Young Investigator Lecture Award in the past.
2022 - Sarah Bentil 2021 - Veronica Eliasson 2020 - Jacob Notbohm
2019 - Jason Foley 2018 - Leslie Lamberson 2017 - Christian Franck