Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
4 - 8 March 2018
Awards Events
SS/NDE Awards
Date: Monday - Wednesday 5 - 7 March 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, 5 March 8:20 to 8:30 am:

2018 NDE Lifetime Achievement Award presented to


Michael J. S. Lowe, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Biography: Michael J. S. Lowe holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering and MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in engineering consultancy from 1979 to 1989, specialising in the application and development of numerical methods for the solution of problems in solid mechanics. His principal clients were in the nuclear power and offshore oil industries. He joined Imperial College London in 1989, where he is now Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is in the use of ultrasound for Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE), with specialist interests in guided waves, scattering from defects, interactions with features and material structure, and numerical modelling. He has published over 280 indexed papers in these topics. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014 for his research contributions to NDE. He is a founder director of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd, a spin-out company set up to transfer guided wave techonology to industrial use.

2018 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award presented to


Wei-Hsin Liao, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

Biography: Wei-Hsin Liao received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Since 1997, Dr. Liao has been with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering. His research has led to publications of over 200 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 16 granted patents. He was the Conference Chair for the Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE in 2014 and 2015. He is a recipient of the ASME Best Paper Awards in Structures (2008), Mechanics and Material Systems (2017). Dr. Liao is a Fellow of ASME and IOP.

Tuesday, 6 March 8:15 to 8:30am:

2018 SPIE Fellow Recognition presented to


Norbert G. Meyendorf, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (USA)

Biography: Prof. Norbert Meyendorf is Professor of Aerospace and Engineering at Iowa State University of Science & Technology. He was Director of the Fraunhofer IKTS in Berlin. From 2004 – 2013, he was Branch Director of the Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP-D), Germany, that is now the Branch for Material Diagnostics (IKTS-MD) of the world’s largest ceramic Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. Norbert Meyendorf is Graduate Faculty in the Graduate Materials Engineering Program at the University of Dayton/USA since 2000 and Professor for Micro- and Nanotesting at the University of Dresden/Germany since 2006. Norbert Meyendorf is Head of the Barkhausen Award Comitee of the Materials Research Network Dresden MFD e. V.


Kara J. Peters, North Carolina State Univ. (USA)

Biography: Prof. Kara Peters is a Program Director of Mechanics of Materials and Structures and Design of Engineering Material Systems, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Peters’ long-term goal is to contribute to the advancement of nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques for composite aerospace structures. The advancements tend to increase safety and improve performance of structural systems. Dr. Peters is interested in structural health monitoring, optical fiber sensors, and composite materials. Currently, she is designing and integrating optical sensors into composites (woven, laminates, sandwich structures, and joints) and is studying self-healing composite sandwich structures.


Hoon Sohn, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)

Biography: Prof. Sohn Hoon is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). Prof. Hoon has developed core source technologies in the field of structural safety diagnosis and nondestructive inspection, and contributed to the enhancement of the safety of social infrastructures and the relief of public anxiety about facility safety. Other research interests include structural dynamics, system identification, smart materials & structures, modal analysis & vibration testing, active sensing, signal processing, data interrogation, probabilistic & statistical analysis, and statistical pattern recognition. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an integrated process of data acquisition, signal processing and statistical inference used to track and assure the safety and performance of a structure.


Steve E. Watkins, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (USA)

Biography: Prof. Steve E. Watkins is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Chair of Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Studies at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was the Faculty-Member-in-Residence for the 2005 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) Program, was an IEEE-USA 2004 Congressional Fellow, was a visiting physicist for the U.S.A.F. Phillips Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base, and was a visiting scholar for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Watkins is a member of IEEE (senior member), ASEE, and SPIE (fellow and senior member). At Missouri S&T, he is advisor to the Eta Kappa Nu Chapter and the IEEE AESS Student Chapter (which competed and placed second in the 2008 Outback Challenge Competition).


Huikai Xie, Univ. of Florida (USA)

Biography: Prof. Huikai Xie received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. He joined the University of Florida in 2002. He also worked at Tsinghua University (1992-1996), Bosch Corp. (2001,2002) and US Air Force Research Lab as a summer faculty fellow (2007,2008,2009). His research interests include MEMS/NEMS, integrated sensors, microactuators, integrated power passives, CNT-CMOS integration, optical MEMS, LiDAR, micro-spectrometers, optical bioimaging, and endomicroscopy. He has published over 280 technical papers, and holds more than 30 US patents. He is a fellow of IEEE and SPIE. He is an associate editor of IEEE Sensors Letters and Micromachines.


Wednesday, 7 March 8:15 to 8:30 am:

SPIE Best Student Paper Awards
SPIE is sponsoring the Best Student Paper contest. Papers will be presented in a special Session on Tuesday afternoon. Entrants will be judged by a committee from SPIE. The committee will then vote to determine the top three finalists. The top three finalist student authors and/or student co-authors will receive certificates and cash awards.

Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award: In Memory of H. Don Wolpert
The Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VI conference chairs will choose the Best Student Paper Award from their conference. This award is sponsored by the Optical Society of Southern California. A cash prize will be given to the first, second, and third place winners.

Sponsored by:



EAP-In-Action Demonstration Awards
As part of the EAPAD conference of the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposia, the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session has been held over the past 19 years. In an effort to encourage excellence in developing the Electroactive Polymers (EAP) demonstrations and accelerate the transition of EAPs to practical and commercial technologies, award certificates will be issued as of the 2018 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposium. A judging committee, consisting of leading EAP experts, will select the award winners among the presenters at the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session. The judges will assess the presenters' performance as well as the quality and content of the demos. The top ranked three will be recognized and will be awarded certificates.
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