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Executive Board
2014 – 2015


Nancy Sottos


  Nancy Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is also a co-chair of the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Research Theme at the Beckman Institute.

Sottos started her career at Illinois in 1991 after earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware. Her research group studies the mechanics of complex, heterogeneous materials such as self-healing polymers, advanced composites, and thin film microelectronic devices, specializing in micro and nanoscale characterization of deformation and failure in these material systems.

Sottos’ research and teaching awards include the ONR Young Investigator Award (1992), Outstanding Engineering Advisor Award (1992, 1998, 1999 and 2002), the R.E. Miller award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), University Scholar (2002), the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement (2002), the Hetényi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (2004), Scientific American's SciAm 50 Award (2008), Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science Fellow (2007), and the M.M. Frocht and B.J. Lazan awards from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. She served as Associate Editor (1999-2002) and as Technical Editor (2003-2006) for Experimental Mechanics and currently chairs the International Advisory Board. She has also been a member of the SEM Executive Committee (2007-2009).


G. Ravichandran


  Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.E. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, Sc.M. in Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures) from Brown University. After a year of post-doctoral work at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and returned to Caltech in 1990 where he has been ever since.

He is a Fellow of the SEM and ASME. His awards and honors include, B. J. Lazan and M. Hetényi Awards from SEM and Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from Pi, Tau, Sigma and ASME. He received Doctor honoris causa (Dhc) from Paul Verlaine University and was awarded Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France.

His research interests are in the area of mechanical behavior of materials with emphasis on dynamic deformation and failure, biomaterials and cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics. He has served as an associate editor of SEM’s Journal of Experimental Mechanics and ASME’s Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.


Peter Avitable


Dr. Peter Avitabile - Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director, Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory, B.S.M.E., Manhattan College, M.S.M.E., University of Rhode Island, D.Eng., University of Massachusetts Lowell, Professional Engineer, Rhode Island.

Pete has close to 40 years of experience in design and analysis using FEM and experimental techniques. His main area of research is structural dynamics specializing in the areas of modeling, testing and correlation of analytical and experimental models along with advanced applications for developing structural dynamic models.

Pete has contributed over 200 technical papers in the area as well as his “Modal Space” article series in the Experimental Techniques magazine published by the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

He is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious SEM DeMichele Award. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in structural dynamic modeling applications. He often provides consulting services for a wide variety industries in these specialty areas of expertise.


Carlos Ventura


  Dr. Carlos Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada since 1992. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia, California and Guatemala.

He is currently the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC, and is the author of more than 200 papers and reports on earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and modal testing. He is a member of several national and international professional societies and advisory committees. Ventura has conducted research for more than twenty five years in the dynamic behavior and analysis of structural systems subjected to extreme dynamic loads, including severe ground shaking.

His research work includes experimental studies in the field and in the laboratory of structural systems and components. Research developments have included novel techniques for regional estimation of damage to structures during earthquakes, detailed studies on nonlinear dynamic analysis of structures, and methods to evaluate the dynamic characteristics of large Civil Engineering structures. Ventura has a substantial research record in shake table testing and vibration studies of existing structures subjected to different levels of dynamic loading and seismic retrofit of existing structures. His current research is focused on the development of performance-based guidelines for seismic retrofit of schools, on methods to evaluate the interaction between critical infrastructure vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards, and on structural health monitoring of bridges.


Emmanuel Gdoutos


Dr. Emmanuel E. Gdoutos is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Mechanics of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. He is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the European Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea, Russian Academy of Engineering, International Academy of Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) and honorary member of the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF). He received an honorary Ph.D. from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gdoutos is author of over 250 technical papers and 17 books and editor of 15 books. He served as Editor-in-chief of Strain (2007-2010), President of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (2006-2010), the Greek Group of Fracture (2002-2010) and chairman of the European Association for Experimental Mechanics (EURASEM) (2003-2007). He received the award of merit and the Griffith medal from ESIS, the award of merit from EURASEM, Medal and Diploma of the International Academic Rating of Popularity “Golden Fortune,” the Paton Medal of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the Jubilee Medal “XV Year to IAE” of the International Academy of Engineering.

He is Fellow of SEM, served on the Executive Committee (2006-2008) and received the Lazan, Theocaris, Tatnall and Zandman awards.


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.


Kristin Zimmerman


  Dr. Zimmerman is a 26 year member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). 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.


Eric Brown


  Dr. Eric N. Brown manages the Neutron Science and Technology Group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which conducts internationally recognized programs in dynamic behavior of materials under extreme conditions, fluid dynamics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, and science-based stockpile stewardship. Eric leads an ongoing research program linking fracture, high strain-rate, and shock behavior to atomic-level material evolution in polymers and composites. He pioneered early work into self-healing materials.

Eric has received awards from SEM, ASC, DOE-NNSA, LANL, MRS, TMS and the University of Illinois, including SEM’s JSA Young Investigator Lecture and Award (2009). He is presently serving his third term as Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics. He was guest editor for the EM 50th Volume Review Series (2010) and a Special Issue of EM on the Mechanics of Organic, Implant and Bioinspired Materials (2007). He has served SEM as the current vice-chair of the Research Committee, Chair of Biological Systems and Materials TD (2004-2006), and organizer of several Panels on Junior Career Development in Industry & Research Laboratories. He has organized numerous sessions and tracks on Biomaterials, Composites, and Dynamic Behavior of Materials. He has been strongly involved the Dynamic Behavior of Materials TD since its inception, including co-founding the highly successful symposia on the Dynamic Behavior of Low Impedance Materials.

Eric received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brown joined LANL as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow and has since held a number of titles in the Materials Science & Technology Division, the office of the Associate Director for Weapons Physics, and Physics Division, as well as Technical Advisor for the Joint DoD/DOE Munitions Program in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Linda Hanagan


  Linda M. Hanagan, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been on the faculty at Penn State since 1998 and currently serves as the Graduate Program Officer. Her area of teaching specialization is structural engineering with a particular emphasis in the analysis and design of buildings.

She is the recipient of the Penn State Engineering Society’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2003) and the Premier Teaching Award (2008). Dr. Hanagan’s primary research interest is in the vibration serviceability of structures. Her work in this area began in 1991 as a doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After receiving her PhD in 1994, she continued research as a faculty member at the University of Miami and then at Penn State. She received the prestigious AISC Faculty Fellowship award in 2003 to continue her work in floor vibration research.

In 2005, Hanagan received a patent for the development of a special purpose device to control excessive walking induced vibrations of lightly damped building floors. With her co-author, Dr. Salyards, she received the Outstanding Paper of 2010 award in recognition for their contribution to the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. She has overseen dozens of research projects, participated in several committees, supervised many students, and written numerous papers that have contributed to the body of knowledge in vibration serviceability.


Christopher Niezrecki


  Christopher Niezrecki is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He obtained dual BS degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1991. In 1992 he obtained a MS. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in 1999 while working at the Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (CIMSS). He was the Director of the Smart Structures and Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Florida until 2004, is currently the Co-Director of the Structural Dynamic and Acoustic Systems Laboratory (, and leads the Wind Energy Research Group at UML (

Dr. Niezrecki has been directly involved in smart structures and noise and vibration control research for over 20 years, with more than 90 publications. He is the member of three separate conference executive committees pertaining to structural dynamics/smart structures. Areas of current research include: wind turbine blade dynamics, structural dynamic and acoustic systems, smart structures, controls, signal processing, structural health monitoring, bio-acoustics, and smart materials. Funding for his research ($6.1M) has been provided by grants from NSF, DOE, ARO, ARL, ONR, AFRL, DOT, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Motorola, Robert Bosch LLC, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, NCIIA, Florida DOT and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is a member of ASME, SPIE, SEM, and the Acoustical Society of America.


Robert Rowlands


  R. E. Rowlands received his BASc in ME from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and his PhD (1967) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. He was affiliated with the IIT Research Institute, Chicago, from 1967 to 1974 when he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is a ME professor.

Bob has published well over 100 archival technical papers (approx. 30% of them in Jour of Experimental Mechanics), is a Fellow of ASME and SEM, past recipient of the Hetenyi and Frocht Awards of SEM, and served as Clark C. Heritage Visiting Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory.

He is a registered professional engineer, has served as Assoc. Tech. Editor and/or sits on advisory boards of several technical journals/societies, presented numerous invited technical lectures, reviewed for over 30 technical/professional journals, organizations/societies or granting agencies, has served on numerous UW-Madison committees, and as an engineering consultant, including expert witness.


F. Necati Catbas


Dr. F. Necati Catbas is a Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department of the University of Central Florida (UCF). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati where he started his involvement with SEM as a graduate student. Dr. Catbas spent more than five years at Drexel University in Philadelphia conducting research in the area of civil infrastructure systems before joining UCF in 2003.
Dr. Catbas’ research interests span theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of structural identification, structural health monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, condition assessment of structural systems. He has publications and research projects on the development, integration and implementation of sensing, information, modeling and simulation technologies, parametric and nonparametric structural identification, imagebased monitoring technologies for structures such as bridges, buildings, aerospace structures and components, stadium structures.

He serves as the Chair of SEM Dynamics of Civil Structures Technical Division. In addition, he is also the Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Identification Technical Committee. He serves as the Secretary of Bridge Health Monitoring Committee of International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS), committee member of Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and for the Structure and Infrastructure Engineering Journal.

Dr. Catbas received several awards and honors for his research, teaching and service activities such as Selection for NAE EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Meeting; University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award; Certificate of Recognition from the NASA Glenn Research Center; Inducted into the UCF Research Millionaire’s Club. Dr. Catbas is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.




Robert Goldstein


  Dr. Robert V. Goldstein is the head of the Laboratory on Mechanics of Strength and Fracture of Materials and Structures at the A.Yu. Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. He is also a Professor of Physics and the Soros Professor in Mathematics, Head of the Chair on Mechanics and Physics of Technological Processes in the K.E. Tsialkovsky State Technological University.

His research activities have been essentially focused on mechanics of solids and its engineering applications, including elasticity, fracture mechanics, mechanics of materials, mechanics of large scale structures and components micro- and nanoelectronics, mechanics of ice and ice cover, rock mechanics. He was an invited scientist at the University of Stuttgart, Germany; University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI), France; University of Helsinki, Finland; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Clarkson University, Potsdam, USA; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

He has been a member of the editorial board of six scientific journals and has edited books and special issues of international scientific journals. He was recognized as the Honored scientist of the Russian Federation (2008); State Prize of the Russian Federation in Science and Techniques (2000); Order of Honor (1999); Medal “For Labor Powers” (1986). Robert Goldstein was elected as Corresponding Member of the Russian Ac. of Sci. (2008) and as Fellow Member of the European Ac. of Sci. (2009). Vice-President, International Congress on Fracture (2005-2009); Scientific Secretary, Scientific Council on Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2004); Member, Executive Committee, International Congress on Fracture (2001); Member, Executive Committee, The European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) (1997); Russian National Committee on the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1995); Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (1993); Gesellschaft fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (1991); Int. Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (1990); Deputy - Head of the All-Union (now Russian) Scientific Council of Academy of Sciences on Strength and Plasticity (1985).


Daniel Rixen


Daniel Rixen received his Engineering and PhD degree in Electromechanics from the University of Liège (Belgium) and holds a MSc degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design from the Institute of Aeronautics in Cranfield (UK).

He has worked as full Professor for twelve years at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), on the chair for Engineering Dynamics. In 2012 he joined the Technische Universität München (Germany) where he is leading the Institute for Applied Mechanics.


Satoru Yoneyama


Satoru Yoneyama is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1995 and 1997 respectively and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Control Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2000.

After several years of research assistant work at Wakayama University and Tokyo University of Science, he joined the faculty of Osaka Prefecture University in 2004 and returned to Aoyama Gakuin University in 2007 where he has been ever since. He received several awards from professional societies including the R.E. Peterson Award from SEM in 2002.

His research interests include optical methods, image processing, viscoelasticity, inverse problems, fracture mechanics and contact mechanics. He was an Executive Board Member of the Japanese Society for Experimental Mechanics from 2007 to 2013. He has served as an associate technical editor of SEM’s Journal, Experimental Mechanics, and the Journal of Japanese Society for Experimental Mechanics.






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