F. Zandman

In May 1989 the SEM Executive Board formally established the Felix Zandman Award. The award honors Dr. Zandman for his extensive work with photoelastic coatings and his support of SEM. The recipient receives an award plaque. Also, a donation is given in the recipient’s name to the SEM Education Foundation.


The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of measurements or applications utilizing photoelastic coatings or strain measurement techniques. The selection will be based upon the best paper published by SEM or any other recognized journal which publishes photoelastic coatings papers. Alternatively, a person who may not have published an outstanding paper, but has distinguished him or herself in other ways in the use of photoelastic coatings may also be nominated. The first recipient to be recognized in 1990 was Alex S. Redner.

Award Guidelines      Award Nomination Form


2019 Recipient

For outstanding contributions in understanding the mechanics of material response and failure through measurements using photoelastic and digital image correlation techniques.

Venkitanarayanan Parameswaran
Venkitanarayanan Parameswaran is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He obtained his B.S. from University of Kerala, M.S. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island, USA in 1999. His research interests include study of mechanics of material behavior and failure using optical techniques, high strain rate mechanics and dynamic fracture. He has served as the Associate Technical Editor for the journal of Experimental Mechanics and is currently Associate Technical Editor for the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials.

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Zandman Award in the past.
2018 - M. B. Prime 1999 - T.W. Corby, Jr.
2017 - R. Pryputniewicz 1998 - J.L.F. Freire
2016 - P. Ifju 1997 - S.C. Gambrell, Jr.
2015 - W.C. Wang 1996 - R. Slaminko
2014 - R E. Rowlands 1994 - S.C. Gambrell, Jr.
2013 - J. P. Hubner 1993 - J. Stupnecki
2012 - K. Ramesh 1992 - E.W. O’Brien
2011 - E. Gdoutos 1991 - W.E. Nickola
2010 - P. Brailly 1990 - A.S. Redner
2009 - T. Y.-F. Chen  
2008 - M. Taroni  
2007 - B. (Bob) Ziv  
2006 - J. Curtis  
2005 - J. Lesniak  
2004 - E.A. Patterson  
2003 - I.J. Jones  
2001 - N. Plouzennec  
2000 - L. M. Dejardin