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


2018 Recipient

In recognition of distinguished technical contributions to the field of experimental mechanics and the good citizenship that has repeatedly been demonstrated as a loyal and dedicated member of the society.

Peter G. Ifju
Peter G. Ifju is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science (1992), a M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics (1989), and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1986) all from Virginia Tech. He also performed a Post-Doc at NASA Langley Research Center (1992-1993) in the Mechanics of Materials Branch. His research activities include experimental stress analysis, optical methods for stress analysis (moiré interferometry, luminescent photoelastic coatings and digital image correlation), and composite materials stress analysis and fabrication. He has also gained notoriety in micro air vehicle (MAV) design, fabrication, system integration, applications, and experimental fluid/structure interaction characterization. Dr. Ifju has been a member of SEM for 25 years and has served as president of the society in 2011-2012. He is a Fellow of SEM and has been honored with the Harding Award (twice), the Peterson Award and the Durelli Award.

Past Recipients

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the C. E. Taylor Award in the past.

2016 - W.L. Fourney
2014 - I.M. Daniel
2012 - A. Shukla
2010 - C.W. Smith
2008 - M.A. Sutton
2006 - D. Post
2004 - M.E. Fourney
2002 - J.W. Dally
2000 - C.E. Taylor