Executive Board 2020-2021

PRESIDENT

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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).


PRESIDENT-ELECT

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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.


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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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.


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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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).


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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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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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.


 

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Janice Dulieu-Barton

Janice Dulieu-Barton was appointed in May 2019 as a full Professor of Experimental Mechanics in the Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol in the UK. Prior to this she worked at the University of Southampton for 20 years in the School of Engineering. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester in 1993 where she started her research on the topic now known as ‘Thermoelastic stress analysis’. She has published around 320 papers with 120 in archival journals, edited 11 conference proceedings and produced 8 book chapters. Janice’s expertise is in imaging for data rich materials characterisations and assessments of structural performance, with a focus on lightweight structural design particularly composite structures. She has won numerous grants that have allowed her to develop novel approaches in experimental mechanics, with as special focus on the development of infra-red imaging. Janice has been a member of SEM since 1994, she was awarded a fellowship of SEM in 2016 and received her silver certificate for 25 years of membership in 2019. She was chairman of the fellows committee and the Thermomechanics and Infra-red Imaging TD, as well as an Associate Editor of Experimental Mechanics. Janice has been very active in the European Experimental Mechanics community, notably chairing the British Society for Strain Measurement and serving on their National Council for 14 years, chairing and organising many conferences and technical seminars, including the 16th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics in Cambridge, attended by over 500 delegates. Janice is also active in training and mentoring early career researchers; she has supervised over 30 successful PhDs and her 5-day annual workshop on Experimental Mechanics for postgraduate students has run annually for the past 10 years and attracts around 25-30 delegates internationally.


 

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Brandon Dilworth

Brandon Dilworth is currently an Assistant Group Leader in the Mechanical Engineering Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Brandon holds a BS (2004) in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Acoustics from Kettering University and MS (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Brandon started as a Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 2009, working as a design and structural dynamics test engineer supporting several optical-mechanical prototype programs. As both staff and a Group Leader, Brandon has helped to advance the Laboratory’s capabilities in structural dynamic testing and analysis.


 

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Gregory Tipton

Dr. Gregory Tipton is a Distinguished Member of the Research and Development Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s been at Sandia since 1994 and has held a variety of positions in both the systems engineering and engineering mechanics organizations. Since 2000 he has worked in the Engineering Sciences Center conducting research in the areas of computational mechanics, structural dynamics, and experimental model validation. His current work focuses on the design and qualification of flight systems, including the computational simulation of aerodynamic loads and resulting structural dynamic response, as well as the development of new ground test techniques to mimic flight conditions. Testing techniques that combine multiple environments are a focus of Greg’s research, including various combinations of acceleration, shock, vibration, and temperature. He has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico.


 

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Kendra Van Buren

Kendra Van Buren has been a staff member in the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 2015. She completed her Ph.D in Civil Engineering at Clemson University in 2012 before going to LANL as a post-doctoral research associate in the Engineering Institute. During her post-doc, she contributed to international collaborations by spending one month as a visiting researcher at the Engineering Institute-Korea in Chongbuk, South Korea and seven months at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France. Her research contributes to verification, validation and uncertainty quantification research efforts for the Advanced Simulation Computing program. Kendra has been active participant at IMAC, most recently serving as the historian for the Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (MVUQ) technical division. She received a FY14 U.S. Department of Energy Defense Programs Award of Excellence for her contributions to Physical Uncertainty Bounds (PUBs). In 2015, Kendra was one of two postdoctoral research associates at LANL (out of approximately 450) to receive a Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award. In FY18, Kendra was awarded an Early Career Research project from LANL’s competitive Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for LANL’s Information Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) and she was the Assistant Chair for LANL’s 2019 LDRD Information Science and Technology Science Advisory Panel.


 

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Junlan Wang

Junlan Wang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on mechanics of thin films/multilayers, biological and bioinspired materials, high strain rate phenomena, and additively manufactured materials. She received her B.S. (1994) and M.S. (1997) in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. (2002) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a year of postdoctoral research at Brown University, she joined the Mechanical Engineering department of University of California, Riverside in 2003 as an Assistant Professor (later promoted to Associate Professor) and moved to UW in December 2008.

She has received a number of research and teaching awards, including an NSF CAREER Award (2008), SEM Hetenyi (2004) and Durelli (2016) Awards from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator award (2007) from the American Society of Engineering Education, and Teaching Excellence Award (2007) from Bourns College of Engineering. She has served as Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the SEM Research Committee (2011-2017), organizer of Track 5 (Mechanics of Additive and Advanced Manufacturing) for the 2017 and 2018 SEM annual conference, and Associate Editor for Experimental Mechanics (2015-present). She has also served in multiple leadership roles in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, including Chair of Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) Experimental Mechanics Committee (2008-2010), Materials Division (MD) Executive Committee (2010-2015; Chair 2014-2015), General Conference Chair of joint AMD-MD Mechanics and Materials Conference (McMat 2015), and Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Mechanics (2016-2018).