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SPIE Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2011

SPIE Smart Structures and Nondestructive Evaluation

6-10 March 2011
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
San Diego, California, USA

Photo gallery

Dr. Alison Flatau (Univ. Maryland) gets a close look at Laveau, a "teenage" alligator from the San Diego Zoo, as part of a special session on Biomimicry and Bioinspiration here this week. Dr. Flatau was a plenary speaker this week and also a former SS/NDE Symposium Chair.

Tuesday morning opened with a plenary from Dr. Allison Flatau from Univ. of Maryland, College Park, on magnetorestrictive alloys.

Former SPIE President Dr. Brian Culshaw opened the Student Lunch with the Experts. More than 120 students showed up to share lunch and hear advice from over 30 seasoned experts here this week who volunteered their time.

Tuesday evening's Exhibition and Poster Reception.

Amir Baz and Norm Werely
Amr Baz (Univ. of Maryland, College Park ), at left, receives the Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award from Symposium Cochair Norman Werely (Univ. of Maryland, College Park).

Monike and Wolfgang Ecke, Brian Culshaw
From left, Monike and Wolfgang Ecke (IPHT Jena) and SPIE Past President Brian Culshaw (Univ. of Strathclyde) following Dr. Ecke's promotion to Fellow of SPIE.

Funding agency talk
Eric Lindgren (Air Force Research Lab) talks about the agency's funding categories, procedures, and project outlooks.

photo caption
Industrial and Commerical Applications Conference Chair Kevin Farinholt (Los Alamos National Lab), at left, presents the Smart Structures Product Implementation Award to Nancy Johnson (General Motors Corp.) in recognition of the shape memory alloy-controlled active louvers developed by General Motors and DYNALLOY, Inc.

Welcome Reception
Rain earlier in the day let up in time for the symposium welcome reception at the Tiki Hut Monday evening.

Early Career Achievement Award winner Lisa Weiland
Lisa Weiland (Univ. of Pittsburgh) was awarded the Gary Anderson Early Achivement Award.

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