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22 - 26 March 2021
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2021 SSM/NDE Lifetime Achievement Awards
Date: Monday, 22 March 2021
Time: 9:05 AM - 9:15 AM PDT
2021 NDE Lifetime Achievement Award presented to

Paul D. Wilcox, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Biography: Paul Wilcox received an MEng degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (1994) followed by a PhD from Imperial College London (1998). He is currently Professor of Dynamics at the University of Bristol. He held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2007-12), was Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2015-18) and is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. In 2015 he co-founded Inductosense Ltd., a spin-out company commercialising inductively-coupled embedded ultrasonic sensors. His research interests include array transducers, embedded sensors, guided waves, structural health monitoring, elastodynamic scattering, signal processing and machine learning.

2021 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award presented to

Kwang Jin Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)

Biography: Kwang J. (Jin) Kim is a Distinguished Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to joining the UNLV, he was with the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) as a UNR Foundation Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests in smart materials include ionic polymer-metal composites, PVC gels, and their respective applications in soft-robotics and biomimetics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in 1987, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and ASME. Register for SPIE Smart Structures + NDE Digital Forum to add this event to your calendar.
Smart Structures + Materials Founding Chair Awards
Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Time: 9:05 AM - 9:15 AM PDT
The community recognizes two of the conference chairs who established foundational topics in the field and helped to champion key technologies. The symposium and the community have all benefited from their visionary leadership and dedication.



    Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab., Founding Chair, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (est. 1999)



    Vijay Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ., Founding Chair, Smart Structures and Materials (est. 1993)

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EAP-In-Action Demonstration Awards
Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Time: 9:05 AM - 9:10 AM PDT
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 22 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 have been issued since the 2018 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposium. A judging committee, consisting of leading EAP experts, will select the award winners among the presenters in 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.

Congratulations to the winners!

1st place: Multifunctional actuators and energy harvester based on the electrostatic bellow muscle
I.D Sirbu, Univ. of Trento (Italy), G. Moretti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy), M. Bolignari, S. Diré, L. Fambri, Univ. of Trento (Italy), R. Vertechy, Univ. of Bologna (Italy), M. Fontana, Univ. of Trento (Italy) and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy)

2nd place: HAXELs: Hydraulically amplified mm-scale actuators for wearable haptics
Edouard Leroy, Herbert Shea, Soft Transducers Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland)

Third place: Synthetic MuscleTM in Robotics: Extremely Sensitive Sensing Lenore Rasmussen, Peter Vicars, Calum Briggs, Tianyu Cheng, Ras Labs, Inc. (United States)
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SPIE Best Student Paper Awards
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
Time: 9:05 AM - 9:10 AM PDT
SPIE is sponsoring the Best Student Paper contest. 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. Awards for this contest will be presented on Thursday morning before the Plenary Session.

Congratulations to our Winners!

1st place
Forward and inverse design of programmable surfaces from knitted active textiles
Paper 11588-61
Author(s): Atharva Mahabaleshwarkar, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States); Evan Harris, Julianna M. Abel, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)

2nd place
Design exploration of a tensegrity twisting wing enabled by shape memory alloy wire actuation
Paper 11588-220
Author(s): Weilin Guan, Nguyen K. Pham, Edwin A. Peraza Hernandez, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)

3rd place
The deployment dynamics and multistability of tubular fluidic origami
Paper 11588-22
Author(s): Yutong Xia, Evgueni Filipov, Kon-Well Wang, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

For more information regarding participant eligibility and submission instructions, please visit the Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation Awards webpage. Register for SPIE Smart Structures + NDE Digital Forum to add this event to your calendar.
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award: In Memory of H. Don Wolpert
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
Time: 9:05 AM - 9:10 AM PDT
The Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII 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:


Congratulations to the Winners!

First Prize:
Free strain gradient reversal of a variable recruitment fluidic artificial muscle bundle
Paper 11586-15
Author(s): Jeong Yong Kim, Nicholas Mazzoleni, Matthew Bryant, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)

Second Prize:
Continuing the investigation of the sensing response of ionic polymer-metal composites: effects of geometry and orientation
Paper 11586-5
Author(s): Nazanin Minaian, Kwang Jin Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)

Third Prize:
Crack behavior in nacre-like composites: a phase-field method
Paper 11586-2 Author(s): Hua-Chuan Tsai, Chih-Hung Chen, Yi-Chung Shu, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
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