Executive Board 2018-2019


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Wendy Crone

Wendy C. Crone is the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate faculty appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and she holds the title 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. Prof. Crone’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Whitaker Foundation.
In addition to seventy journal publications, dozens of explanatory education products, and four patents, she is author of Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. Prof. Crone has garnered numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring, including the M.M. Frocht Award (2013) from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). She has been a member of SEM since 1988, Fellow since 2015, and has served as President (2018-2019); 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); society representative to the US National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, National Academy of Science (2015-2018), and delegate to the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2016,2018). She has also served in several leadership roles at UW-Madison, including Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2011-2015).


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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).


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Daniel Rixen

Daniel Rixen, born in 1967, received his engineering degree in Electromechanics and doctoral degree in Applied Sciences from the University of Liège (Belgium), at the Laboratoire de Techniques Aéronautiques et Spatiales (LTAS). He also holds a master degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design from the College of Aeronautics in Cranfield (UK). After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Colorado (Center for Aerospace Structures), he was appointed in 2000 professor and chair of Engineering Dynamics at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Since 2012, he leads the chair of Applied Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich (Germany).
His research focuses on the dynamics of mechanical systems and covers the fields of numerical methods, experimental techniques, multiphysics and mechatronics. A significant part of his research involves partitioning problems in order to apply parallel computing, model reduction techniques or experimental substructuring. He regularly collaborates with industry to apply theoretical developments to real-life applications (automotive, aerospace, wind energy, ....). Since 2012, his research field also includes robotics and humanoids.


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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.


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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.


Nuno Lopes



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Peter Avitabile

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.


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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.


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Matt Allen

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.


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Bonnie Antoun

Dr. Antoun is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Mechanics of Materials Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering, M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998, after which she joined Sandia. Her research interests are in the mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on coupled thermal-mechanical experiments and time and temperature dependence.

Bonnie has enjoyed active participation in the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) as a presenter and author, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Time Dependent Materials Technical Division, organizer of Track 2 (Challenges in the Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials) for the SEM Annual conference for several years, organizer of Track 5 (Mechanics of Additive and Advanced Manufacturing) for the 2017 and 2018 SEM Annual conferences, and organizer of several SESM conference sessions on metallic materials and extreme environments. She currently serves as an associate editor of SEM’s Journal of Experimental Techniques.


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Jason Blough

Dr. Jason R. Blough – Professor, Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, Dynamic Systems Laboratory at Michigan Technological University (MTU) received his B.S.M.E. (1990) and M.S.M.E. (1991) from MTU and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati (1998).  Dr. Blough has over 25 years of experience in experimental dynamics having worked at General Motors, the Keweenaw Research Center, and as an independent consultant.  Dr. Blough has been a faculty member at MTU since 2003 and advises the SAE Student Chapter and Clean Snowmobile Team at MTU.  Dr. Blough has won numerous awards for both research and advising. 
Dr. Blough’s research covers a broad range of topics including shock testing, torque converter noise, and snowmobile noise as well as a range of driveline vibration issues and innovative dynamic measurement techniques.  Dr. Blough is widely known for rotating equipment signal processing methods, modal analysis, and general signal processing research as well as teaching.  Dr. Blough has taught the Young Engineer’s course and given tutorial seminars at IMAC for over 10 years.
Jason enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities in his off time with his family.


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Y. J. Bill 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.


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Babak Moaveni

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.


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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.


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Raman Singh

Dr. Raman P. Singh serves as the Associate Dean for Engineering at OSU-Tulsa and as the Head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He also serves as the Director of the Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus and is appointed as the Helmerich Family Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering.

Raman holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology{Kanpur, India. Prior to joining OSU in 2006 he was a faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and before that a post-doctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology.

Raman's academic interests are in student mentorship, development, and re-tention with a focus on new pedagogical methods. His research interests are in the mechanics of advanced materials, with an emphasis on the investigation of modern engineered materials and development of new techniques for mechanical characterization at highly localized length scales. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission,the US Army Research Oce, the Department of Energy, and industry. He has authored or co-authored several archival journal publications and conference proceedings and holds two patents. He is an active member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and serves as an Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics. He is also a member of the Materials Research Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Besides academia, Raman enjoys travel, backpacking, photography, and spending time with his two daughters.


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Michael Todd

Michael Todd received his B.S.E. (1992), M.S. (1993), and Ph.D. (1996) from Duke University's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. In 1996, he began as an A.S.E.E. post-doctoral fellow, then a staff research engineer (1998), and finally Section Head (2000) at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Fiber Optic Smart Structures Section. In 2003, he joined the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California San Diego, where he currently serves as Professor of Structural Engineering. He has published over 350 papers and proceedings and holds 4 patents in his research areas, which are in applying nonlinear time series techniques to structural health monitoring (SHM) applications, adapting Bayesian inference frames for optimal decision-making in SHM, developing novel ultrasonic interrogation strategies for aerospace structural assessment, optimizing sensor networks for various SHM-rooted performance measures, developing RF-based sensing systems for structural assessment, creating real-time shape reconstruction strategies for highly flexible aerospace and naval structural systems based on limited data sets, creating rapid assessment checks for validation of satellite systems, designing and testing fiber optic measurement systems for many structural applications, and modeling noise propagation in fiber optic measurement systems. Prof. Todd won the 1999 Alan Berman NRL Publication Award, the 2003 and 2004 NRL Patent Award, was a 2004-2005 UC San Diego Hellman Fellow, was an invited speaker at the 2003 National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, won the 2005 Structural Health Monitoring Person-of-the-Year Award, presented at Stanford University in September 2005, was named a 2009 Benjamin F. Meaker Fellow at the University of Bristol (UK), and won the 2016 Society of Experimental Mechanics D. J. DeMichele Award for contributions to research and education in experimental mechanics. He serves as the Managing Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal.