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 or strain measurement techniques 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


2021 Recipient

In recognition of significant contributions strain measurement techniques including development of the Virtual Fields Method and longstanding leadership of Strain.

Fabrice Pierron
Dr. Fabrice Pierron is currently Professor at the University of Southampton, UK. He graduated from ENSEM in Nancy, France, in 1989, and received his PhD from Lyon University, France, in 1994. Prof. Pierron is an expert in the development of novel identification strategies based on full-field measurements and heterogeneous tests. In particular, he has been instrumental in the development of the Virtual Fields Method. He has published over 140 journal papers and co-authored more than 300 conference communications. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Strain and Associate Editor of Experimental Mechanics. He is a cofounder of the MatchID company.

Past Recipients

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Zandman Award in the past.
2020 - Veronica Eliasson 2019 - V. Parameswaran 2018 - M. B. Prime
2017 - R. Pryputniewicz 2016 - P. Ifju 2015 - W.C. Wang
2014 - R E. Rowlands 2013 - J. P. Hubner 2012 - K. Ramesh
2011 - E. Gdoutos 2010 - P. Brailly 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 1999 - T.W. Corby, Jr.
1998 - J.L.F. Freire 1997 - S.C. Gambrell, Jr. 1996 - R. Slaminko
1994 - S.C. Gambrell, Jr. 1993 - J. Stupnecki 1992 - E.W. O’Brien
1991 - W.E. Nickola 1990 - A.S. Redner