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SBU’s Fu-Pen Chiang to Receive the 2015 P.S. Theocaris Award
Department Chair Honored by the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
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Dr. Fu-Pen

STONY BROOK, NY – August 14, 2014—SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Stony Brook University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fu-Pen Chiang, PhD was selected to receive the 2015 P.S. Theocaris Award for outstanding research by the Society of Experimental Mechanics. The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, is to be presented at the SEM 2015 Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, CA.

The Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) instituted this biennial award to recognize a senior professional and Fellow of SEM who has conducted outstanding research through his/her career in the field of experimental mechanics. It is named in honor of P.S. Theocaris, a legendary solid mechanics researcher, dynamic-fracture experimentalist, and past member of the prestigious Academy of Athens.  The award recognizes recipients for distinguished, innovative and outstanding work in optical methods and experimental mechanics.  Selection of Dr. Chiang was made by his peers based on the quality and practicality of his professional contributions.

Dr. Chiang's research emphasis is on the development of optical and other experimental mechanics techniques and their applications to stress analysis (including NDE), fracture and fatigue of engineering and biological materials and structures. He has written some 393 articles published in 46 archival journals and numerous conference proceedings. He has made seminal contributions to moire methods, laser speckle, white light speckle, and electron speckle techniques for strain measurement and lectured at some 50 institutions in 17 countries. He   was a visiting faculty member of the Cavendish Labs of the Cambridge University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne), National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University (China and Taiwan), Tokyo University of Science and Technology and has been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as several private industrial concerns.

“Professor Chiang has shown exceptional leadership both as a researcher and academic,” said Dr. Yacov Shamash, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Vice President for Economic Development, Stony Brook University.  “This is a well-deserved acknowledgment by SEM.  We are fortunate to have Dr. Chiang as a member of the faculty.”

About Dr. Fu-Pen Chiang

Dr. Chiang earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanics at the University of Florida.  He has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University since 1967 and presently serves as Chairman of the department. He is also affiliated with Stony Brook University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute of Molecular Cardiology.

Dr. Chiang is a Fellow of four professional societies: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SPIE – The International Society of Optics and Photonics, The Optical Society of America, and The Society for Experimental Mechanics. He received both the M.M.Frocht Award and the B.J. Lazan Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics and the Life Time Achievement Medal from the International Conference of Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences.

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