M. Hetényi

(formerly the Experimental Techniques “Outstanding Paper” Award)

This award was established in 1967 for the best research paper published in Experimental Mechanics. It was named in honor of Dr. Miklos Hetényi. A brief biography and an abridged list of Dr. Hetényi’s professional accomplishments follow:

University of Technical Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 1924-30; Diploma in Civil Engineering, 1931; Graduate work with H.M. Westerguard, Univ. of Illinois, 1934-35 and with S.P. Timoshenko, Univ. of Michigan, 1935-36; PhD in Eng. Mechanics, 1936.

Author of over 70 scientific papers on analytical and experimental mechanics and on the theory of structures; Beams on Elastic Foundations, Univ. of Michigan, 1946; Coeditor of Proc. of the Tenth International Congress on Applied Mechanics, Springer Ed., 1969.

Contributions to SEM:
1 of 4 founders, 1943; Vice President, 1943-44; 2nd President, 1944-45; Editor, Handbook of Experimental Stress Analysis, 1950.

General Contributions:
Development and Application of Three-Dimensional Photoelasticity; Development of a “Reduction Method” for the Analysis of Continuous Frames; Development of a “Method of Initial Parameters” for the Analysis of beams, beam-grillages, and beams in elastic foundations; Solution for Axi-Symmetrical Deformation of Spherical Shells and Related Structures.

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2018 Recipients

For the outstanding paper entitled “Sub-Grain Scale Digital Image Correlation by Electron Microscopy for Polycrystalline Materials during Elastic and Plastic Deformation" published in Experimental Mechanics in 2016 56 (2), pp. 197-216, (2016).

Jean-Charles Stinville
Jean-Charles Stinville is currently an Associate Research Specialist in the Materials Department at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). His interests include the deformation behavior and damage of polycrystalline and monocrystalline materials in relation with their microstructure. A significant portion of his research involves the development of methodologies and experimental tools for the characterization of the stain localization and damage during cycling loading. Jean-Charles received his Ph.D in solid mechanics, materials science and structures mechanics from the Pprime Institute – University of Poitiers, France and his engineering degree in aeronautics from the French Grande Ecole ENSMA, Poitiers.

McLean Echlin

McLean Echlin is a research scientist in the Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara. His graduate work focused on the use of statistical approaches for modeling fracture toughness at the University of Michigan. His understanding of ultrashort pulse laser-materials interactions has led to the development of tomography techniques, such as the TriBeam microscope, for the acquisition of large multimodal 3-D datasets critical for understanding failure mechanisms in structural materials, such as superalloys, and for improving performance in thermoelectric materials. He also has interest in the merging of data modalities including the measurement of strain and microstructure for structure-property relations.

Damien Texier

Damien Texier is presently a CNRS Research Associate in the Materials and Mechanical Engineering Department at the Institut Clément Ader in France (UMR5312-ICA). He obtained his PhD in Materials Science from the Institut National Polytechnique – Toulouse, and was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pprime Institute – University of Poitiers, France and Research Fellow at Ecole de technologie Supérieure – Montréal, Canada. Research interests include the micromechanical behavior of heterogeneous materials subjected to severe atmospheric conditions and temperatures. Recent research has focused on the development of specific mechanical test rigs to investigate deformation mechanisms at the microstructure scale.


Florent Bridier

Florent Bridier received his M.S.Ing. degree in Aeronautics in 2002 at Ecole Nationale Superieure of Space and Aeronautics in Toulouse (France), and his PhD in Material and Mechanical Science in 2006 at University of Poitiers (France). After a year as postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Florent worked for 6 years as a researcher at the Mechanical Engineering department of Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal (Canada) specializing in experimental characterization of microscale plastic behavior of aeronautical alloys. Since 2013, Florent joined Naval Group in Nantes (France) as a Research Engineer. His main current research activities concern fatigue behavior of naval structures and numerical simulation of welding.


Tresa Pollock
Tresa Pollock is the Alcoa Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pollock’s research focuses on the mechanical and environmental performance of materials in extreme environments, unique high temperature materials processing paths, ultrafast laser-material interactions, alloy design and 3-D materials characterization. Pollock graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 1984, and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. She was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989 to 1991, where she conducted research and development on high temperature alloys for aircraft turbine engines and co-developed the single crystal alloy René N6 (now in service). Pollock was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1991 to 1999 and the University of Michigan from 2000 - 2010. Her recent research has focused on development of new femtosecond laser-aided 3-D tomography techniques, damage detection and modeling by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, thermal barrier coatings systems, new intermetallic-containing cobalt-base materials, nickel base alloys for turbine engines, lightweight magnesium alloys, Heusler-based thermoelectrics and bulk nanolaminates. Professor Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2015 and is a Fellow of TMS and ASM International. She serves as Editor in Chief of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions family of journals and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.


Philippe Bocher

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the M. Hetényi Award in the past.

B. Pan, L. Yu, "Color Stereo-Digital Image Correlation Method Using a Single 3CCD Color Camera," Experimental Mechanics, 57, Issue 4 (2017): 649-657.

O. Kingstedt, J. Lambros, "Ultra-High Speed Imaging of Laser-Induced Spallation" Experimental Mechanics March 2015, 55 (3), 587-598

E. Jones, M. Silberstein, S. White, N. Sottos, "In Situ Measurements of Strains in Composite Battery Electrodes during Electrochemical Cycling" Experimental Mechanics 54, no. 6 (2014): 971-985

A. Leonard, F. Fraternali, C. Daraio "Directional Wave Propagation in a Highly Nonlinear Square Packing of Spheres" Experimental Mechanics 53, no. 3 (2013): 327-337.

B. Pant, S. Choi, E.K. Baumert, B.L. Allen, S. Graham, K. Gall, O.N. Pierron "MEMS-Based Nanomechanics: Influence of MEMS Design on Test Temperature" Experimental Mechanics 52, no. 6 (2012): 607-617.

K. Kim, S. Daly “Martensite Strain Memory in the Shape Memory Alloy Nickel-Titanium Under Mechanical Cycling” Experimental Mechanics 51, no. 4 (2011): 641-652.

K.N. Jonnalagadda, I. Chasiotis, S. Yagnamurthy, J. Lambros, J. Pulskamp, R. Polcawich, M. Dubey “Experimental Investigation of Strain Rate Dependence of Nanocrystalline Pt Films”
Experimental Mechanics 50, no. 1 (2010): 25-35.

M. Bornert, F. Brémand, P. Doumalin, J.-C. Dupré, M. Fazzini, M. Grédiac, F. Hild, S. Mistou, J. Molimard, J.-J. Orteu, L. Robert, Y. Surrel, P. Vacher, B. Wattrisse “Assessment of Digital Image Correlation Measurement Errors: Methodology and Results” Experimental Mechanics 49, no. 3 (2009): 353-370.

A.K. Pandey, R. Pratap, F.S. Chau “Effect of Pressure on Fluid Damping in MEMS Torsional Resonators with Flow Ranging from Continuum to Molecular Regime” Experimental Mechanics 48, no. 1 (2008): 91-106.

D. Mohr, S. Henn “Calibration of Stress-triaxiality Dependent Crack Formation Criteria: A New Hybrid Experimental–Numerical Method” Experimental Mechanics 47, no. 6 (2007): 805-820.

G. Lykotrafitis, A.J. Rosakis, G. Ravichandran “Particle Velocimetry and Photoelasticity Applied to the Study of Dynamic Sliding Along Frictionally-Held Bimaterial Interfaces: Techniques and Feasibility”
Experimental Mechanics 46, no. 2 (2006): 205-216.

W.N. Everett, P. Shih, J.D. Humphrey “A bi-plane video-based system for studying the mechanics of arterial bifurcations” Experimental Mechanics 45, no. 4 (2005): 377-382.

D. Jia, K.T. Ramesh “A rigorous assessment of the benefits of miniaturization in the Kolsky bar system” Experimental Mechanics 44, no. 5 (2004): 445-454.

F. Barthelat, Z. Wu, B.C. Prorok, H.D. Espinosa “Dynamic torsion testing of nanocrystalline coatings using high-speed photography and digital image correlation” Experimental Mechanics 43, no. 3 (2003): 331-340.

J. Wang, R.L. Weaver, N.R. Sottos “A parametric study of laser induced thin film spallation”
Experimental Mechanics 42, no. 1 (2002): 74-83.

M.A. Sutton, W. Zhao, S.R. McNeill, H.W. Schreier, Y.J. Chao “Development and assessment of a single-image fringe projection method for dynamic applications” Experimental Mechanics 41, no. 3 (2001): 205-217.

T. Nishioka, K. Kurio, H. Nakabayashi “An intelligent hybrid method to automatically detect and eliminate experimental measurement errors for linear elastic deformation fields”
Experimental Mechanics 40, no. 2 (2000): 170-179.

B.K. Bay, T.S. Smith, D.P. Fyhrie, M. Saad “Digital volume correlation: Three-dimensional strain mapping using X-ray tomography” Experimental Mechanics 39, no. 3 (1999): 217-226.

C. Bacon “An experimental method for considering dispersion and attenuation in a viscoelastic Hopkinson bar” Experimental Mechanics 38, no. 4 (1998): 242-249.

J.F. Doyle “A wavelet deconvolution method for impact force identification”
Experimental Mechanics 37, no. 4 (1997): 403-408.

J. McKelvie “Measurement of energy release rates for delaminations in composite materials”
Experimental Mechanics 36, no. 1 (1996): 55-63.

A. Ajovalasit, S. Barone, G. Petrucci “Towards RGB photoelasticity: Full-field automated photoelasticity in white light” Experimental Mechanics 35, no. 3 (1995): 193-200.

D. Nelson, E. Fuchs, A. Makino, D. Williams “Residual-stress determination by single-axis holographic interferometry and hole drilling—Part II: Experiments” Experimental Mechanics 34, no. 1 (1994): 79-88.

J.W. Dally, D.T. Read “Electron beam moiré” Experimental Mechanics 33, no. 4 (1993): 270-277.

S.E. Hanneman, V.K. Kinra, C. Zhu “A new technique for ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of adhesive joints: Part II. Experiment” Experimental Mechanics 32, no. 4 (1992): 332-339.

H.V. Tippur, A.J. Rosakis “Quasi-static and dynamic crack growth along bimaterial interfaces: A note on crack-tip field measurements using coherent gradient sensing” Experimental Mechanics 31, no. 3 (1991): 243-251.

T.P. Quinn, C.D. Mote Jr. “Optimal design of an uncoupled six degree of freedom dynamometer”
Experimental Mechanics 30, no. 1 (1990): 40-48.

V.K. Kinra, V. Dayal “A new technique for ultrasonic-nondestructive evaluation of thin specimens”
Experimental Mechanics 28, no. 3 (1988): 288-297.

M. Hashish “Visualization of the abrasive-waterjet cutting process”
Experimental Mechanics 28, no. 2 (1988): 159-169.

T. Daami, M. Touratier, L. Castex “Effect of plastic deformation on the acoustoelastic response of some materials” Experimental Mechanics 27, no. 4 (1987): 333-337.

E. Vogt, J. Geldmacher, B. Dirr, H. Kreitlow “Hybrid vibration-mode analysis of rotating turbine-blade models” Experimental Mechanics 25, no. 2 (1985): 161-170.

K. Kawata, N. Takeda, S. Hashimoto “Photoelastic-coating analysis of dynamic stress concentration in composite strips” Experimental Mechanics 24, no. 4 (1984): 316-327.

A.S. Voloshin, C.P. Burger “Half-fringe photoelasticity: A new approach to whole-field stress analysis” Experimental Mechanics 23, no. 3 (1983): 304-313.

C.A. Sciammarella, P.K. Rastogi, P. Jacquot, R. Narayanan “Holographic moiré in real time”
Experimental Mechanics 22, no. 2 (1982): 52-63.

D. Bar-Tikva, A.F. Grandt Jr., A.N. Palazotto “An experimental weight function for stress-intensity-factor calibrations” Experimental Mechanics 21, no. 10 (1981): 371-378.

D.R. Williams, D.L. Davidson, J. Lankford “Fatigue-crack-tip plastic strains by the stereoimaging technique” Experimental Mechanics 20, no. 4 (1980): 134-139.

R.F. Gibson “Measurement of creep in rotating viscoelastic disks”
Experimental Mechanics 19, no. 10 (1979): 378-383.

K.A. Stetson “The use of an image derotator in hologram interferometry and speckle photography of rotating objects” Experimental Mechanics 18, no. 2 (1978): 67-73.

J.G. Blauel, J. Beinert, M. Wenk “Fracture-mechanics investigations of cracks in rotating disks”
Experimental Mechanics 17, no. 3 (1977): 106-112.

R.L. Johnson “Measurement of elastic-plastic stresses by scattered-light photomechanics”
Experimental Mechanics 16, no. 6 (1976): 201-208.

I.M. Daniel, R.E. Rowlands “On wave and fracture propagation in Rock Media”
Experimental Mechanics 15, no. 12 (1975): 449-457.

R.J. Sanford, V.J. Parks “On the limitations of interferometric methods in three-dimensional photoelasticity” Experimental Mechanics 13, no. 11 (1973): 464-471.

D.C. Holloway, W.F. Ranson, C.E. Taylor “A neoteric interferometer for use in holographic photoelasticity” Experimental Mechanics 12, no. 10 (1972): 461-465.

P.M. Boone “A method for directly determining surface strain fields using diffraction gratings”
Experimental Mechanics 11, no. 11 (1971): 481-489.

T.D. Dudderar, R. O'Regan “Measurement of the strain field near a crack tip in polymethylmethacrylate by holographic interferometry” Experimental Mechanics 11, no. 2 (1971): 49-56.

R.E. Rowlands, C.E. Taylor, I.M. Daniel “A multiple-pulse ruby-laser system for dynamic photomechanics: Applications to transmitted- and scattered-light photoelasticity” Experimental Mechanics 9, no. 9 (1969): 385-393.

M.S. Lin, E.P. Popov “Buckling of spherical sandwich shells” Experimental Mechanics 9, no. 10 (1969): 433-440.

W.J. Rhines “An extension of generalized plane stress for problems with out-of-plane restraint”
Experimental Mechanics 8, no. 11 (1968): 481-487.