Ephrahim Garcia, professor at Cornell University and long-time contributor to the SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation (SS/NDE) symposium, died on September 11 at the age of 51.
Garcia was head of the Laboratory for Intelligent Machine Systems at Cornell, with an interest in sensors and actuators made of smart materials. He served on the program committee for the conference on Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems for 14 consecutive years, and contributed more than 80 papers to SPIE conferences as an author or coauthor since the early 1990s.
He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. Garcia was a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 1998-2002. Before that, he was an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he was director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics. From 1991-97, Garcia owned and operated a corporation now called Dynamic Structures and Materials, which designs and fabricates smart materials based on actuators.
Conference chairs and organizers are planning a special session at SS/NDE 2015 in honor of Dr. Garcia.