Executive Board 2017-2018


Kathryn Dannemann

Dr. Kathryn Dannemann is Director of the O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professor of Practice in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She returned to Rensselaer in January 2017 following 20 years at Southwest Research Institute where she investigated the dynamic behavior of various materials as a Principal Engineer in the Engineering Dynamics Department. Kathryn is most recognized for her work on the interactive effects of microstructure and processing on materials performance in extreme environments. This includes her prior work in industry as a staff metallurgist at the GE Corporate Research and materials research engineer at the Bethlehem Steel Homer Research Laboratories.

Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer. She has been an active SEM member since 2006 and has chaired and organized numerous conference sessions, and the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Track for several SEM Annual Conferences. Dr. Dannemann is past Chair of the Dynamic Behavior TD, and currently serves as Technical Editor for SEM’s newest journal, Dynamic Behavior of Materials. She has held numerous leadership positions in other technical societies, including ASM International, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Society of Women Engineers. She was elected a Fellow of ASM International in 2016, and currently serves on the ASM Board of Trustees.


Wendy Crone

Wendy C. Crone is the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and she holds the honor of Discovery Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research is in the area of solid mechanics, and many of the topics she has investigated are connected with nanotechnology and biotechnology. She has applied her technical expertise to improving fundamental understanding of mechanical response of materials, enhancing material behavior through surface modification and nanostructuring, exploring the interplay between cells and the mechanics of their surroundings, and developing new material applications and medical devices. In addition to more than 60 peer reviewed journal publications, dozens of explanatory education products, and four patents, she is the author of the book Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. Prof. Crone has garnered numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring, including Fellow (2015) and M.M. Frocht Award (2013) from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). She has been a member of SEM since 1988 and has served as President Elect (2017-2018); Vice President (2016-2017); Executive Board Member-at-Large (2010-2012); National Meetings Council Member (2010-2012); Vice-Chair, MEMS and Nanotechnology Technical Division (2001-2006); and society representative to the US National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, National Academy of Science (2015-2018). She has also served in several leadership roles at UW-Madison, including Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2011-2015).


John Lambros

Prof. Lambros received a B.Eng. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London in 1988, an M.S. degree in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1989, and a Ph.D. degree also in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1994. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher, he joined the Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in 1995 and moved to the Aerospace Engineering department of the University of Illinois in 2000, where he is currently a Professor. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He has served as an Associate Editor for Experimental Mechanics (1999-2005) and the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (2011-2014). He has also served on the Executive Board of the SEM (2008-2010) and recently completed one term as Associated Head for Graduate Studies in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Illinois (2011-2016). Over his 20-year career he has received numerous honors and awards for both research and teaching achievements including an NSF CAREER Award (1999), the SEM Hetényi (2012) and Frocht (2015) Awards, and the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching (2015).


Jon Rogers

Dr. Rogers received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1980, 1984 and 1986, respectively. Jon joined Sandia in the fall of 1986 in the Vibration Testing Division. In the test organization, he worked as the test engineer for vibration and shock testing on a number of systems. Jon was the project leader for the VIBRAFUGE development project which placed a 4000 lb force rated shaker on the 29-foot underground centrifuge, and for the Acoustic Test Facility development project. This resulted in the construction of the 16,000 cu. ft., high-level chamber with combined acoustic and vibration test capabilities.

Jon moved to Systems Studies in the fall of 1992. He has worked on a variety of studies including Advanced Manufacturing, the Impact of Technology on the Economy, and many studies involving the weapons program and Underground Facilities. Jon was made a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the fall of 2002 and was promoted to manager in the fall of 2003. He is currently the manager of the Strategic Weapons Studies Department which focuses primarily on nuclear and conventional weapons related issues.

Jon has been an active member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics since 1981. He has served many roles for the Society, including: Member of the Executive Board, Chairman of the Technical Program for the Annual Meeting (4 times), President of the Society, Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Techniques, Chairman of the Editorial Council, and Treasurer of the Society.


Guruswami Ravichandran

Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.E. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, Sc.M. in Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures) from Brown University. After a year of post-doctoral work at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and returned to Caltech in 1990 where he has been ever since.

He is a Fellow of the SEM and ASME. His awards and honors include, B. J. Lazan and M. Hetényi Awards from SEM and Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from Pi, Tau, Sigma and ASME. He received Doctor honoris causa (Dhc) from Paul Verlaine University and was awarded Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France.

His research interests are in the area of mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on dynamic deformation and failure, biomaterials and cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics. He has served as an associate editor of SEM’s Journal of Experimental Mechanics and ASME’s Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.


Peter Avitable

Dr. Peter Avitabile – Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director, Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory, B.S.M.E., Manhattan College, M.S.M.E., University of Rhode Island, D.Eng., University of Massachusetts Lowell, Professional Engineer, Rhode Island.

Pete has close to 40 years of experience in design and analysis using FEM and experimental techniques. His main area of research is structural dynamics specializing in the areas of modeling, testing and correlation of analytical and experimental models along with advanced applications for developing structural dynamic models.

Pete has contributed over 200 technical papers in the area as well as his “Modal Space” article series in the Experimental Techniques magazine published by the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

He is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious SEM DeMichele Award. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in structural dynamic modeling applications. He often provides consulting services for a wide variety industries in these specialty areas of expertise.


Kristin Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman became a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) in 1988. She was the inaugural Student Paper Competition Winner under the guidance of Professor Gary Cloud at Michigan State University in 1990; Chair of the Education Committee from 1991-2007; Associate Editor of Experimental Techniques from 1996-today, and Senior Editor from 2000-2007; President from 2008-2009; Assistant Treasurer 2012-2013 and appointed Treasurer in 2014. She was awarded the Tatnall award in 2014.

Dr. Zimmerman’s professional career began with the General Motors (GM) Research and Development (R&D) Center in 1993 – 1997 where she created GM’s Academic Partnerships program of over 100 Research Laboratories across the globe. From 1997-99, Zimmerman worked in the areas of advanced engineering and design and in 1999/2000, she received a Fellowship to the National Academy of Engineering to work on STEM policy. From 2000-09, Zimmerman worked in energy and environmental policy including an assignment in Beijing, China (2008-09) managing GM China’s Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) at Tsinghua University. She continued her energy and environmental policy work on the Chevy Volt Team, 2006-12.

Dr. Zimmerman is currently consulting full time as the President of MedFor: Inc., a translational sciences consulting firm spanning forensic medicine and engineering mechanics – founded with her husband in 1999.

Dr. Zimmerman’s educational background includes: Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University.


K.T. Ramesh

K. T. Ramesh is the Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), which advances the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions through the collaboration of academia, industry and external research organizations. His research interests are in high strain rate behavior and dynamic failure of materials, nanostructured materials, injury biomechanics and planetary scale impact problems. Prof. Ramesh received his doctorate from Brown University in 1987 and continued his education as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins in 1988 and served as Department Chair from 1999-2002. He has served as founding Director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) since 2012. He has published one book (Nanomaterials: Mechanics and Mechanisms; Springer) and is an avid amateur astronomer.

Yuh J. Chao

(Bill) Y.J. Chao is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He received undergraduate degree from National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan and graduate degrees from National Tsinghua University, Taiwan (MS) and the University of Illinois (PhD). He has been with the University of South Carolina since 1984. Dr. Chao has worked extensively in fracture mechanics, welding modeling and weld performance, and experimental mechanics. He is part of the team at the University of South Carolina who developed the digital image correlation experimental technique in 1980’s. His work on impact failure of resistance spot welds reveals the science and has practical applications in vehicle crashworthiness. Dr. Chao’s primary contribution in fracture mechanics is in constraint effect which lays the foundation for transferability of fracture toughness values from laboratory specimen to structures. Dr. Chao has over 160 journal publications which results in over 6500 citations and h-index of 37. He has received several awards from professional societies, including B.J. Lazan Award, Hetenyi Award, and R. E. Peterson Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He is a Fellow of the SEM and ASME and served as the Chief Editor of Experimental Mechanics, 2000-2003.

Matt Allen is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Mechanics program in the department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously employed as a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and received Doctoral and M. S. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2004 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2001. He has developed robust experimental/analytical substructuring methods, a new framework for identifying linear time-periodic systems, continuous-scan laser vibrometry methods and is now studying nonlinear normal modes and reduced order models for geometrically nonlinear structures. He also enjoys Spanish, downhill skiing, tennis and mountain biking and time with his family.

Dr. Moaveni is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Moaveni’s main research interests include vibration-based system and damage identification of civil structures; finite element model updating; and uncertainty quantification in structural dynamics. He has co-authored 21 journal papers and 38 conference papers on topics related to his research interests. He is currectly serving as the chair of the ASCE-SEI technical committee “Methods of Monitoring Structural Performance” and as the vice-chair of the ASCE-EMI “Structural Health Monitoring and Control” committee.

Sez Atamturktur

Dr. Sez Atamturktur, Distinguished Professor of Intelligent Infrastructure at Clemson University, focuses on the development, application and dissemination of model validation and uncertainty quantification techniques. Prior to joining Clemson, Dr. Atamturktur served as an LTV Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she received the LANL Outstanding Contribution Award. Since joining Clemson in 2010, she has graduated nine doctoral students and eleven master students. Along with her research team, Dr. Atamturktur has authored more than seventy peer-reviewed scholarly articles, a number of which have received best paper awards or nominations. At Clemson, Dr. Atamturktur has received funding as principle investigator over $4.7M from U.S. federal and state organizations. She has been invited with full funding to give lectures or seminars at institutions in France, Switzerland, Turkey, China and Germany. Dr. Atamturktur served as chair of the Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification Technical Division of the Society of Experimental Mechanics and is currently lead guest-editor Elsevier’s Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing for a special issue on Decision Analytics for Model Validation. She is the 2014 recipient of the Murray Stokely Outstanding Teacher award as well as the two-time recipient of the Chi Epsilon Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Atamturktur received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2009.

Horacio D. Espinosa

Horacio D. Espinosa is the James and Nancy Farley Professor of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering Technologies, and Director of the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Brown University. Professor Espinosa has made contributions in the areas of dynamic failure of advanced materials, micro, and nanomechanics. He is a foreign member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Russian Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of AAAS, AAM, ASME, and SEM. He received numerous awards and honors including the ASME THURSTON award, the Society for Experimental Mechanics LAZAN, HETENYI and SIA NEMAT-NASSER awards. He was the Timoshenko visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2011, President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2012, and currently serves in two committees of the National Academies, the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the Panel on Materials Science and Engineering to advise the Army Research Lab.

Helena Jin

Helena Jin is currently a technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories California. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland College Park in 2005. Her research is focused on experimental mechanics, especially optical methods for experimental mechanics, micro- and nano-mechanics.  Helena has been heavily involved in the society of experimental mechanics (SEM) by organizing tracks and leading the optical methods technical division in the past decade.  She has been vice chair and chair of the optical methods division in SEM. She was elected to research committee in June 2015. Helena is also actively involved in other communities such as American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES). Helena has benefited a lot from SEM and she is happy to make contributions and return the favor back to SEM.

Randall Mayes

Randy Mayes received his MS Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech.  He has worked in the field of structural dynamics for over 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories.  He started his career performing finite element analyses, but has spent the majority of his career in experimental structural dynamics, usually for the purpose of finite element model correlation.  He has developed experimental algorithms for modal filtering, modal parameter extraction, force reconstruction, sensor placement, nonlinearity detection, linear substructuring, fixed based modal testing, multi-shaker control and mildly nonlinear substructuring.  The experimental dynamic substructuring focus group has been his major area of collaboration in recent years.