Gary L. Cloud Scholarship Award


University Distinguished Professor Gary L. Cloud is a recognized leader in the field of experimental mechanics. Professor Cloud’s research interests involve bringing together optical and electronic techniques to solve interesting problems in geomechanics, biomechanics, composites, fracture mechanics, fastening, and nondestructive evaluation. His book, Optical Methods of Engineering Analysis was published by Cambridge University Press in 1995 and is now revised and in its second printing (1998).

Reference contributions include chapters in the Handbook of Experimental Mechanics (2008) and the Marks Mechanical Engineering Handbook (2007). He has delivered many oral presentations to technical and lay groups. More than 50 research contracts have been completed under his direction. Dr. Cloud has served as consultant to approximately 60 firms and agencies in product design, measurements, and liability. He holds 2 patents and has another patent application in process with specialties in the area of Optical Metrology. He was elected as SEM Fellow in 2001, and has made a significant contribution to SEM through his Back to Basics – Optical Methods series published in Experimental Techniques.

The purpose of this award is to celebrate professor Cloud’s many years of contributions to the field of experimental mechanics by recognizing a unique individual and his/her aspirations to pursue a graduate degree in experimental mechanics and to create new knowledge that leads to sustainable improvements in the human condition.

The Award Consists of:

  • Recognition of the recipient through presentation of a check for $3,000 at the Conference Luncheon and Awards Ceremony conducted in conjunction with the SEM Annual Conference.
  • Reimbursement of student-rate SEM Annual conference fees paid by the recipient to attend the SEM Annual Conference where the award is granted.
  • Reimbursement of all reasonable travel expenses incurred by the recipient in attending the SEM Annual conference where the award is granted.

Applications for the Award:

The application shall consist of:

  • A complete curriculum vita of the applicant including contact data for the applicant and his/her research advisor,
  • An essay (no more than two pages in length, single space, 12 point font) describing the student’s aspirational goals and plans to pursue a graduate degree in experimental mechanics,
  • One letter of endorsement,
  • Contact data for three persons who have agreed to provide references on request.

Send nominations via e-mail to the Gary L. Cloud Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o Tom Proulx, Executive Director, SEM, 7 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801. Phone: (203) 790-6373, fax: (203) 790-4472, email: Applications must be submitted by mid-January of the year of the award. The scholarship is open to all interested individuals.

Criteria for Selection:

  • The recipient shall be a student in good standing at a recognized college or university,
  • Appropriateness of the applicant’s background of study and preparation for research in experimental mechanics,
  • Applicant’s goals, plans, and aspirations for a career in experimental mechanics.

Selection and Notification:

A committee will review all submittals. You will be notified via e-mail by March 1 if you have been selected to receive the award. If accepted, further instructions will be given regarding the awards ceremony at the SEM Annual meeting in June.

If you have any questions concerning the application, please do not hesitate to contact SEM at:




Xueju “Sophie” Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology

Xueju “Sophie” Wang is currently a Ph.D. candidate of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China in 2011. Her primary research interests are in the area of mechanics of electrochemically active materials. Her doctoral research focuses on the mechanics of deformation and failure in rechargeable battery materials. With a multidisciplinary background in mechanics and chemistry, she aims at addressing fundamental mechanics problems in the engineering and development of new energy storage materials where experimental mechanics is playing an increasingly important role.

M. C. Hudspeth