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  Executive Board 2015–2016  

Guruswami 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.

Kathryn Dannemann

Kathryn Dannemann is Principal Engineer in the Engineering Dynamics Department at Southwest Research Institute. She is a materials engineer with professional interests and experience in the mechanical behavior of materials, and the interactive effects of microstructure and processing on materials performance. At SwRI, Dr. Dannemann’s technical work focuses on the dynamic behavior of various materials (metals, ceramics, composites, glass). She directs technical programs for both government and industry, often implementing customized experimental setups in her programs to aid with understanding mechanical response. She has taught as an adjunct professor in the ME Department at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Prior to joining SwRI in 1996, she worked at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center where she was most recognized for her contributions on the mechanical behavior of materials in extreme (high temperature) environments.   Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, and earned B. S. and M. S. degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has made dedicated contributions to SEM since becoming actively involved in 2006. Dr. Dannemann has chaired and organized numerous conference sessions, as well as the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Track for the 2008 and 2009 annual conferences. She served as a Member at Large (2012-2014) of the SEM Executive Board, and is past Chair (2008-2010) of the SEM Dynamic Behavior of Materials Technical Division. Kathryn has served as a Guest Editor for Experimental Mechanics, and will also serve on the Editorial Board of the new SEM journal, Dynamic Behavior of Materials. She has held numerous leadership positions in other technical societies, including ASM International, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Dr. Dannemann was recently nominated to the Board of Trustees of ASM International.

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.

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).  

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.

David McThomas

Extensive experience in managing all phases of business operations from start up, to management reorganizations, to divestitures with full P&L responsibility. Industry experience in education services, not for profit and internet businesses. Responsible for strategic planning, global strategy, operations management, marketing, finance, human resources, and fundraising.      

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.  



Gäetan Kerschen

Gaetan Kerschen completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Liège in Belgium, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. In 2003 and 2004, he was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the National Technical University of Athens and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working under the supervision of Professors Alexander Vakakis and Lawrence Bergman.   Since 2007, he has been a faculty member at the University of Liège, where he is now a professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. His publications are primarily in the areas of nonlinear structural dynamics (including nonlinear system identification, nonlinear modal analysis, constructive utilization of nonlinearity, and bifurcation analysis and management) and orbital mechanics. He is the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and serves as an Associate Editor of the journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.  

Michael Mains


Mr. Mains received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is in his 9th year working at Brüel & Kjær as a Senior Software Developer. During his employment with Brüel & Kjær he has had the opportunity to work on many software projects related to Structural Dynamics and Modal Analysis.

  He has also had the opportunity to speak and lecture at several Brüel & Kjær sponsored conferences and travel to customer sites to interview customers on their future needs in the area of Structural Dynamics.  

Ghatu Subhash

Professor Subhash obtained his MS and PhD degrees from University of California San Diego in 1991 and then conducted post-doctoral research at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. He joined Michigan Technological University in 1993 and then moved to University of Florida in 2007. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research and professional service, including the ‘Significant Contribution Award’ American Nuclear Society Materials Science and Technology Division (2014) ‘Technology Innovator Award’ University of Florida (2014), University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2013), College of Engineering Teacher/Scholar of the year (2013), ‘Researcher of the Year’ Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UF (2011); Second Place of the Best paper Awards at the 31st Annual American Ceramic Society meeting (2008); Michigan Tech Distinguished Research Award (2005); ASME Fellow (2004); ASME Student Section Advisor Award (2003); Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2000); American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Outstanding New Mechanics Educator (1996); Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award (1994).   He is an Associate Editor of Mechanics of Materials, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Experimental Mechanics, ASTM Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology and Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials. He has graduated 22 PhD students and is currently advising 12 PhD students in various fields related to processing, microstructural characterization and multiaxial behavior of materials including ceramics, metals, foams, composites, gels and brain tissue. He has authored 145 peer reviewed journal papers, 70 conference proceedings, 10 invention disclosures and patents.  

Hareesh Tippur


Hareesh V. Tippur is McWane Endowed Chair Professor and Graduate Program Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, Alabama.  He received graduate degrees from the Indian Institute of Science and State University of New York - Stony Brook.  He was a post-doctoral fellow of Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology before joining the faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department at Auburn in 1990.  He has worked extensively in the areas of fracture and failure mechanics of solids with an emphasis on high-strain rate response of novel materials.  He is credited with the development of several quantitative visualization tools including hybrid laser-speckle and moiré method, coherent gradient sensing (CGS), infrared rough surface interferometry, digital image correlation for ultrahigh-speed photography and more recently the digital gradient sensing (DGS) method.  His other major contributions are in the areas of fracture and failure mechanics of dissimilar material interfaces, functionally graded materials, syntactic structural foams, cellular structures, interpenetrating phase composites, nanocomposites, to name a few.

  To date his research has resulted in over 200 publications in archival journals, books and conference proceedings.  Several federal agencies including NSF, DOD and NASA have sponsored his research consistently over the years.  He has numerous received accolades from professional societies including the Hetènyi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Beer-Johnston Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, Fellow status in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Fylde Electronics Prize from the British Society for Strain Measurement, A.S. Kobayashi Award from ICCES and Orr Award from ASME-Materials Division. Currently he serves on the editorial boards/committees of Strain, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology and as the Chief Editor of Experimental Mechanics.  






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