Springer/Nature Publishing Young Investigator Lecture

Sponsored by Springer/Nature

The Society has a number of awards which, by their nature, are intended to recognize senior members of the Society for their work in Experimental Mechanics. However, it is also important that the Society recognize members early in their career whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. That is the focus of this new lecture.

As with all SEM awards, we strongly solicit nominations from the members of the Society for this lecture. The nominee should be recognized for the potential of work early in his/her career, and should be a member of the Society. On the academic side, this could be someone at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. On the industrial or Government Lab side, it could be someone up to 10 years after hire. These are only guidelines and not absolute rules.



2017 Recipient

In recognition of her/his outstanding mid-career contributions to experimental mechanics.
Christian Franck
Christian Franck is an Assistant Professor in Engineering at Brown University specializing in cellular biomechanics and new experimental mechanics techniques at the micro and nanoscale. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2008.

His research group has developed unique three-dimensional full-field imaging capabilities based on confocal microscopy and digital volume correlation, which can deliver quantitative descriptions of cellular surface tractions and constitutive properties of soft materials in all three dimensions. Current investigations include the mechanics of 3D cellular migration and neuronal traumatic brain injury.

Past Recipients
This award was introduced in 2017