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.

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2020 Recipient

Picture of Jacob Notbohm

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

Jacob Notbohm
Jacob Notbohm is a Harvey D. Spangler Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 with Prof. G. Ravi Ravichandran, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Jeff Fredberg at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Notbohm studies mechanical properties of biological materials and how physical interactions between cells and their surroundings control cell contraction and migration. The focus of this research is on mechanics with an emphasis on experiments. Notbohm has received multiple awards, including a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award and an NSF CAREER Award.

Past Recipients

2019 - Jason Foley
2018 - Leslie Lamberson
2017 - Christian Franck