C.E. Taylor

The C.E. Taylor Award shall be bestowed upon an SEM member who demonstrates both technical excellence in optical stress analysis and good citizenship within SEM. Guidelines for the award are as follows: No individual shall receive the award more than once; the award shall be given biannually, provided that a suitable candidate is identified; Technical excellence in optical stress analysis is intended to be all encompassing, where optical analysis is to be taken in its broadest sense.

Technical excellence in optical stress analysis shall be demonstrated by meritorious technical accomplishments in one or more aspects of optical analysis. Optical analysis includes but is not limited to the (a) development of optical techniques for applications and (b) application of optical techniques for measurement of stress, strain, displacement or other physical phenomenon (e.g., corrosion, temperature, flaw detection).

Good Citizenship shall be defined as the demonstrated sustained commitment of an individual to the betterment of the Society for Experimental Mechanics and the field of experimental mechanics in general. Since there are many ways that an individual can contribute to the betterment of SEM and the field of experimental mechanics, the award will consider all SEM members, regardless of position held within the Society, and will ensure that these candidates are supportive of SEM and its philosophy.

Award Guidelines      Award Nomination Form


2021 Recipient

Picture of Nancy Sottos

For distinguished technical contributions to experimental mechanics including autonomic materials and good citizenship as a dedicated member of the society.

Nancy Sottos
Nancy Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is also a co-chair of the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Research Theme at the Beckman Institute. Sottos started her career at Illinois in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the C. E. Taylor Award in the past.
2018 - Peter G. Ifju 2016 - William L. Fourney 2014 - Isaac M. Daniel
2012 - Arun Shukla 2010 - C.W. Smith 2008 - Michael A. Sutton
2006 - Daniel Post 2004 - Michael E. Fourney 2002 - James W. Dally
2000 - Charles E. Taylor