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


2024 Recipient

Picture of Hugh Bruck

For technical contributions in image correlation development, material characterization for bio-systems, metals and advanced composites and dedicated service to the Society.

Hugh Bruck
Prof. Bruck is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical of Engineering at the University of Maryland, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. He was a pioneer of Digital Image Correlation with over 250 publications characterizing and modeling the thermomechanical behavior of bulk metallic glasses, functionally graded materials, nanostructured materials, biological/bio-inspired composites, and multifunctional structures for robotics. He is a SEM Fellow, and has served as an at-large member of the executive board, Fellows Committee Chair, Research Committee Chair, National Meetings Council member, associate editor for Experimental Mechanics, and founded the Biological Systems and Materials TD.

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the C. E. Taylor Award in the past.
2022 - Gary Cloud 2020 - Nancy Sottos 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