A. J. Durelli

A.J. Durelli was one of the most outstanding experimental stress analysts in the world during the second half of twentieth century. Known primarily for his work in brittle lacquer techniques, photoelasticity, and moiré methods, throughout his career, Dr. Durelli consistently sought out new methods to solve problems rather than to solve new problems with existing methods. He often challenged his students and colleagues to view the world from a different perspective, and bestowed on our Society some of its greatest gifts – productive, caring, and competent people.

The purpose of this award is to recognize a young professional who has introduced, or helped to introduce, an innovative approach and/or method into the field of experimental mechanics. The individual’s contribution shall be distinguished in that it departs from the norm and/or challenges the existing train of thought in the Society.

The award in question is designed to recognize a relatively young individual for distinguished, innovative work in experimental mechanics; one of the qualities that A.J. recognized and instilled so well in others.

Initially, this award was intended to be presented every two years. In 2009 the Honors Committee recommended that this award be presented annually and this change was approved by the Executive board in June 2009.

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2018 Recipient
For her work to introduce innovative approaches to characterizing shock and high strain-rate loading of particulate and energetic materials.

Jennifer Jordan
Jennifer Jordan is the Group Leader for Shock and Detonation Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has also served as the Dynamic Materials and Interactions Program Officer at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Lead for the Munitions Energetic Materials Core Technical Competency, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. Jennifer’s research has focused on the high strain rate response of polymers and composites. Within SEM, she is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, an active member of the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Technical Division, and the Research Committee Secretary. Jennifer received her BS, MS, and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the A. J. Durelli Award in the past.

2017 - E. Brown
2016 - J. Wang
2015 - F.W. DelRio
2014 - S. Yoneyama
2013 - I. Chasiotis
2012 - M.B. Prime
2011 - K.J. Grande-Allen
2010 - C. Furlong
2008 - G.H. James
2006 - H.A. Bruck
2004 - P.G. Ifju