Dominick J. Demichele Scholarship Award

Dick DeMichele worked very hard to make the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) accessible to everyone. He understood the importance of the discussion and sharing of new ideas in a conference setting. He felt it was especially important to get students in the experimental mechanics field involved in IMAC.

The purpose of this award is to honor and memorialize the generous spirit of Dick DeMichele by providing financial assistance to students traveling to present papers at an IMAC.

The Award Consists of:

  • Reimbursement of all (student-rate) IMAC conference fees paid by the recipient(s).
  • Reimbursement of all reasonable travel expenses incurred by the recipient(s) in attending the IMAC conference where the presentation is made.
  • Recognition of the recipient(s) through presentation of a framed certificate at the Conference Luncheon and Awards Ceremonies conducted in conjunction with the IMAC at which the presentation is made.

Criteria for Selection:

The recipient shall be a student in good standing at a recognized college or university.

The recipient shall be the designated presenter of a paper that has been accepted for presentation at a forthcoming IMAC.

The recipient shall preferably be a first-time presenter at an IMAC.

Nominations for the Award:

Nominations of potential recipients should be made to the IMAC Program Planning Committee by SEM Members and/or the student’s major professor. The nomination shall consist of a letter; a brief resume of the student; a short discussion of the relevance of the paper topic to the IMAC conference; and a statement detailing why the nominator believes that the nominee should receive the award. Send nominations to IMAC Program Planning Committee, c/o Managing Director, SEM, 7 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801, (203) 790-6373, fax: (203) 790-4472, email:



Javad Baqersad

Matt is currently a doctoral graduate student at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His thesis research focus is comprised of analyzing the hierarchical effectiveness of bullet resistant vests via mechanical testing and impact of fiber, yarn, and woven fabrics. He is also keenly interested in developing new experimental techniques which allow for in-situ analysis of material deformation and failure during high-rate loading with the most relevant advancement being made in Phase Contrast Imaging of materials loaded in a Kolsky bar apparatus. In the future, he hopes to continue his work in the development of experimental techniques which can aid in armor and penetrator design.













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