Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
3 - 7 March 2019
Awards Events
Award Presentations
Date: Monday - Wednesday 4 - 6 March 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Silverton Ballroom
Monday, 4 March 8:20 - 8:30 AM:

2019 NDE Lifetime Achievement Award presented to


Laurence J. Jacobs, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Biography: Laurence J. Jacobs is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Jacobs received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1988. Professor Jacobs’ research focuses on the application of linear and nonlinear ultrasound for the characterization of fatigue, creep, stress-corrosion, thermal embrittlement and radiation damage in metals. His work in cement-based materials includes the application of ultrasonic techniques to quantify microstructure and progressive micro-cracking in concrete.

2019 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award presented to


Diann E. Brei, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

Biography: Dr. Diann Brei joined the Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1994 after graduating from Arizona State University with her Ph.D (1993) in Mechanical Engineering and her BSE (1988) in Computer Systems Engineering. She served as the Mechanical Engineering Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education and as the Director of the Design Science Program. She was the co-director of the General Motors/University of Michigan Smart Materials and Structures Collaborative Research Laboratory (SMS CRL) with a range of projects focused on smart material maturity, product innovation utilizing smart materials, and mechamatronic design tools. She is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and recently became chair of the Integrative Systems + Design Division at the University of Michigan. She currently serves as the co-director of the General Motors/University of Michigan Multifunctional Vehicle Systems Collaborative Research Laboratory (MVS CRL) with thrust in Multi-functional Interactive Knits, NeuroTech, Multi-functional Active System Technologies and The Technology Incubator. Dr. Brei’s expertise is in multi-domain design with technical interests in smart materials and structures, sensors and actuators, and medical devices. Her research has focused on the underling design science for device innovation using smart materials. Fundamental to her work is the synthesis and analysis of smart material actuation and device architectures from conventional ratcheting and spooling to cutting edge architectures such as active knits and active Velcro. Her smart material architectural models along with her multi-domain, multi-stage design methods have set the foundation for a successful translational research and development paradigm adopted by industries in the automotive, medical, and aerospace sectors. She has written over 125 referred journal and conference publications. Apart from her publications, she has sixteen patents and 22 pending, with exclusive licenses with General Motors and Lynx. Dr. Brei who is an ASME Fellow and AIAA Associate Fellow, has been an active leader in the smart materials and structures community, co-founding the SMASIS conference, originating the ASME/AIAA Adaptive Structures e-newsletter, and establishing the Adaptive Structures national database. For her research she has been awarded the ASME Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics, Hartwell Award, Ted Kennedy Team Excellence Award, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Da Vinci Award; for her teaching she has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award, ASEE Best Paper Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award for Mechanical Engineering; for her dedicated service she has been awarded the ASME Distinguished Service Award, Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award and was a Willie Hobbs Moore Aspire, Advance, Achieve Mentoring Award Finalist.

Tuesday, 5 March 8:25 - 8:30 AM:

2019 SPIE Fellow Awards presented to:


Roger Groves, Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands)

Biography: Dr. Roger M. Groves is Associate Professor of NDT/SHM & Heritage Diagnostics on the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been an active member of the international optics community for 20 years. He was a Senior Scientist at ITO, University of Stuttgart from 2004-2008. Since 2008, he has headed the Aerospace NDT research at TU Delft, leading a team of 20 researchers and students in optical metrology, fibre optic sensors and ultrasonics. He is well known as a leading researcher in shearography, and more recently in hyperspectral imaging for museum conservation and fibre optic sensors for aerospace structural health monitoring. He was Acting Chair of the Structural Integrity and Composites Group from Nov 2016 to May 2017.



Faramarz Gordaninejad, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)

Biography: Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad is a Regents and Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently serves as the Director of the Composite and Intelligent Materials Laboratory at UNR. Dr. Gordaninejad’s research interests are in the areas of dynamics and control of smart and composite-material structures, with an emphasis on active and passive vibration damping control applied to land vehicles, aerospace and robotic systems. His research is focused on both fundamental and applied research on materials development, understanding magnetorheological-based materials behavior, design and development of semi-active and active systems, and testing and evaluation of composite and smart materials systems. In addition to his academic position, Dr. Gordaninejad is the founder and President of Advanced Materials and Devices, Inc., which is a research, development, and commercialization business located in a 6,000sq-ft facility in Reno, Nevada that designs, develops, tests and evaluates advanced systems for government agencies and leading industry.

Wednesday, 6 March 8:15 - 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 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.

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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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