Since its organization in 1943, SEM has relied heavily upon volunteer leadership and the professional expertise of its members. In the early 1950s the Executive Board began to explore means to formally recognize worthy individual contributions to the Society. Over the years several awards were established. Prior to 1967 the selection of award recipients was the sole responsibility of the Executive Board. In 1967 an Honors Committee was established to oversee the selection of individuals to receive these honors.
Please note that the Honors Committee meets each year at the SEM Annual Conference (generally held the first week in June) to determine award recipients for the following year. The committee will consider all Nominations received by April 15 of that year. A nomination received is kept for active consideration for three years.
G. A. Brewer
An outstanding practicing experimentalist.
G. L. Cloud Scholarship
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.
J. W. Dally Young Investigator
To recognize a young professional (within 10 years of Ph.D.) who has made significant contributions in education and has demonstrated an excellence in research in the field of experimental mechanics.
D. J. DeMichele
Exemplary service and support of promoting the Science and educational aspects of modal analysis technology.
D. J. DeMichele Scholarship
Given to a student presenting a paper at IMAC to help with travel expenses.
A. J. Durelli
Introduction of an innovative approach or method early in career.
M. M. Frocht
Outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics.
D. R. Harting
The Experimental Techniques Outstanding Paper Award.
Best research paper published in Experimental Mechanics.
Wolfgang Knauss Young Investigator Award
Special achievement award for young investigators.
B. J. Lazan
Outstanding original technical contributions to experimental mechanics.
W. M. Murray Lecture
The Society’s prestige lecture.
For distinguished, innovative and outstanding work that has realized the impact of experimental mechanics on other scientific and engineering fields through an integrated multidisciplinary research.
R. E. Peterson
Best applications paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials.
SAGE Publishing Young Engineer Lecture
Recognizing a recognize a member of SEM in early to mid-career (generally 5 to 10 years after degree receipt) whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. (Awarded at IMAC)
Springer/Nature Young Investigator Lecture
Recognizing a recognize a member of SEM in early to mid-career (generally 5 to 10 years after degree receipt) whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. (Awarded at the Annual Conference)
F. G. Tatnall
For long and distinguished service to the society.
C. E. Taylor
Technical excellence in optical stress analysis and good citizenship within SEM.
P. S. Theocaris
Distinguished, innovative and outstanding work in experimental mechanics.
Significant contributions to the development of measurements or the applications utilizing photoelastic coatings.
An individual who has distinguished himself/herself in some field in which the Society has interest, who has been a member of the Society for at least ten consecutive years and whose contributions to the Society and the technical community have justified this honor.
An Honorary Member is an individual of widely recognized eminence in the field of experimental mechanics.
Student Paper Competition
Presentations are judged on the basis of technical content, organization of material, effectiveness of delivery, adherence to allotted presentation time and response to questions.
JSA Young Investigator Lecture
Recognizing a recognize a member of SEM in early to mid-career (generally 5 to 10 years after degree receipt) whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. This Award is obsolete. It has been replaced by two awards: Springer/Nature Young Investigator Lecture and SAGE Publishing Young Engineer Lecture.
Submit a Nomination
The Society gratefully acknowledges the following individuals who joined SEM in 1965 and have been members of SEM for 50 consecutive years. Each will receive a special certificate commemorating their dedicated support of the Society.
- Andre Bazergui
- William Fourney
- O. S. Narayanaswamy
- Robert Rowlands
- Stephen Bussa
- Robert Kraynak
- Robert J. Rinn
- William Sharpe, Jr.
- David J. Creamer
- Donald E. Milks
- Bernard Ross
25 Year Members Honored
The Society gratefully acknowledges the following individuals who joined SEM in 1990 and have been members of SEM for 25 consecutive years. Each will receive a special certificate commemorating their dedicated support of the Society.
- Hugh Bruck
- Peter Ifju
- Thomas Rummage
- Raj Singhal
- David Derkits
- Michael Lally
- Raman Singh