Executive Board 2019-2020

PRESIDENT

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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).


PRESIDENT-ELECT

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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.


VICE PRESIDENT

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Eric N. Brown

Dr. Eric N. Brown is the Division Leader for the Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he oversees the premier research program on energetic materials and dynamic material response in support of National Security. His research has spanned fracture and damage of complex heterogeneous polymers and polymer composites for energetic, reactive, and structural applications including crystalline phase transitions, plasticity, dynamic loading conditions, and self-healing materials. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials and been named Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He has received awards for his technical achievements in solid mechanics and materials science from the ASC, DOE-NNSA, LANL, MRS, SEM, TMS and the University of Illinois. He has served on several committees in SEM including Board of Directors as Member-at-Large, Research Committee, Technical Activities Council, Biological Systems and Materials Technical Division, and SEMEF. He has organized and chaired sessions for the Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Composites, and Biological Systems, and Materials Technical Divisions. He served three terms as an Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Mechanics. Eric was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Technical Staff Member in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Technical Advisor for the Joint DoD/DOE Munitions Technology Program in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, and managed the Neutron Science and Technology Group in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Physics Division. Eric received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2003, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


TREASURER

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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.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / SECRETARY

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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.


MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Nuno Lopes

 


PAST PRESIDENT

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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.


PAST PRESIDENT

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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).


AT-LARGE MEMBERS

 
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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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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.


 

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Javad Baqersad

Dr. Javad Baqersad is the director of Noise, Vibration, Harshness, and Experimental Mechanics Laboratory (NVHEM Lab) at Kettering University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2015. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering. His research interests and expertise are related to vibration and acoustics, tire and vehicle dynamics, finite element analysis, lightweight materials, digital image correlation, and signal processing.  He has several years of industry and academic experience. At NVHEM, he works on both federally-funded and industry-funded projects and has published more than 60 journal articles and conference papers contributing to the literature. His work has received recognition from the scientific community. He was also honored for his academic and professional achievements with the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award from the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMass Lowell and with the 2015 DJ DeMichele Scholarship Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Furthermore, Kettering University named him the 2017 Outstanding New Researcher. He has been an active member of SEM since 2012. He has chaired several technical sessions, currently chairs a focus group in optical techniques, organizes optical sessions, and is an associate technical editor for Experimental Techniques.


 

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Samantha Daly

Samantha (Sam) Daly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Caltech in 2007 and subsequently joined the University of Michigan, where she was on the faculty until 2016 prior to her move to UCSB. Her interests lie at the intersection of experimental mechanics and materials science, with an emphasis on using novel methods of experimentation coupled closely with theoretical and computational modeling. Group research focuses on the statistical quantification of microstructural features of materials and their effect on meso- and macro-scale properties. Currently, the group is engaged in the development of novel methods of multi-scale material characterization and large data analyses, with application to structural metallic alloys, active materials, advanced composites, very high cycle and low cycle fatigue mechanisms, plasticity, fracture, and material behavior at the microscale. Her recognitions include the NSF CAREER Award, the ASME Eshelby Mechanics Award, the Journal of Strain Analysis Young Investigator Award, the Experimental Mechanics Best Paper of the Year Award, the IJSS Best Paper of the Year Awardthe DOE Early Career Award, the AFOSR-YIP Award, the ASME Orr Award, and the Caddell Award.


 

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James P. De Clerck

Dr. James De Clerck is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University.  He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees from Michigan Tech, receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1991.

Prior to joining the Michigan Tech faculty in 2009, Jim was a Project Design Engineer at the General Motors Noise and Vibration Center where he worked on improving vehicle noise and vibration performance at every stage of the vehicle development process. Jim led the development and implementation of new vibration analysis and testing technology.  He also developed techniques for establishing design performance requirements and for validating analytical model predictions.

In addition to advising the Michigan Tech Formula SAE Team, Jim teaches classes on Model Based Design, Dynamics, System Dynamics Senior Capstone Design, Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis, Machine Design, and Analytical Vibro-Acoustics classes. Jim’s areas of expertise include noise and vibration, structural dynamics, design, modal analysis, model validation, inverse methods applied to design, and advanced measurement techniques.


 

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Jeffrey Helm

Jeffrey D. Helm received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and was one of the founding members of Correlated Solutions Inc. He is currently an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lafayette College. Dr. Helm served as chair of the Education Committee, is a member of SEMEF, was the editor-in-chief of Experimental Techniques and continues on as an associate editor for the journal. Dr. Helm’s interests include the application and development of the digital image correlation method. His current work centers on civil applications including pile/soil movement and assessing the bioremediation of sandy soils.