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.


2016 Recipient

In support of continued excellence and advancement in study of experimental mechanics.
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.

Past Recipients
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Gary L. Cloud Scholarship in the past.
2014 – M.C. Hudspeth