SAGE Publishing Young Engineer Lecture

Sponsored by Sage Publications Limited

The Society has a number of awards which, by their nature, are intended to recognize senior members of the Society for their work in Experimental Mechanics. However, it is also important that the Society recognize members early in their career whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. That is the focus of this new lecture.

As with all SEM awards, we strongly solicit nominations from the members of the Society for this lecture. The nominee should be recognized for the potential of work early in his/her career, and should be a member of the Society. On the academic side, this could be someone at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. On the industrial or Government Lab side, it could be someone up to 10 years after hire. These are only guidelines and not absolute rules.

Award Guidelines      Award Nomination Form


2019 Recipient

Picture of Zhu Mao

In recognition of his outstanding early-career contributions to experimental mechanics.

Zhu Mao
Zhu Mao received his B.S. from Tsinghua University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. As of  2015, he holds the Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  His research interests include dynamics and vibration, structural health monitoring, statistical modeling, uncertainty quantification, and non-contact sensing for system identification.

Dr. Mao has published about 60 journal and conference papers, and is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Technical Division of Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification for the Society of Experimental Mechanics. He has been involved with IMAC since 2011, and is the recipient of the D. J. DeMichele Scholarship Award of that year. In 2018, he received the Young Investigator Award from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Past Recipients
2018 - Jacob Dodson
2017 - Gaëtan Kerschen

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