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Prof. Mark Schulz elected Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year

The Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award for 2006


The Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Person of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize recent outstanding contributions to the field of SHM. These contributions can be in the form of theory, analysis, applications, education, or other ways that benefit society. The SHM Person of the Year is selected by the editorial board, associate editors, and editors of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal.  A plaque provided by Sage Publications is presented to the person of the year at the European Workshop on SHM, or the International Workshop on SHM. This year the award was given at the European Workshop on SHM, held July 5-7, 2006, at Granada, Spain. This is the fourth year of the award and it was presented by Victor Giurgiutiu, Chairman of the SHM Person of the Year Committee. The recipient of the award is Mark J. Schulz, of the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Schulz received the MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo under the advisement of Professor Daniel J. Inman. Mark first applied his academic dynamics and control background in the aerospace industry working on “star wars” defense projects. Then he was an assistant and associate professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. There he worked with Frank Pai, Ahmad Naser, Mannur Sundaresan, and Anindya Ghoshal and built a Smart Structures Laboratory focused on SHM. Students Derke Hughes, William Martin et al developed several early SHM techniques based on scanning laser vibrometry and an artificial neural system. Mark is now an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC). At UC he helped build the Smart Materials Nanotechnology Lab working with Vesselin Shanov and others.

Mark also enthusiastically promotes SHM and nanoengineering by teaching smart structures, mechatronics, and nanotechnology courses, hosting lab tours, and mentoring undergraduate student research. He is a member of the UC Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Foresight Institute, and the American Academy of Nanomedicine, he is managing editor of the SHM journal, and he publishes extensively. Advances made in the smart nano lab are described below.
Goutham Kirikera, Vishal Shinde, Saurabh Datta, Jacob Hause, and Jong Won Lee integrated biomimetics and micro-nanotechnology to develop a structural neural system (fig 1) for SHM. Biomimetics provided the highly distributed parallel processing architecture needed to simplify data acquisition on large structures. Micro and nanotechnology provided the integrated multi-state sensing capability needed to detect different types of damage, and also to monitor structural the lab using different exotic materials such as piezoelectric operating conditions such as temperature, strain, vibration, and pressure. Continuous sensors for the neural system are built in ceramics, carbon nanotubes (fig 2), and metal nanowires.

Other smart systems developed in the lab include an impedance biosensor by Yun Yeo-Heung, Gautam Seth, Alexandra Spatholt, and Mitul Dadhania, a nanotube remote sensor/power generator by Inpil Kang, Atul Miskin, and Sachin Jain, design of a magnetorheological damper by Greg Stelzer, and multi-functional nanocomposite materials by SriLaxmi Pammi, Courtney Brown, Nicole Reinart, Suhasini Narasimhadevara, Ram Gollapudi, and Gyeongrak Choi.
Work in the smart nano lab is highly interdisiplinary and collaborative involving the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at UC, and other universities including North Carolina A&T State Univ., the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Univ. Calif. Berkeley. The lab provides exciting research and discovery for undergraduate through doctoral students, post-doctors, and visiting scholars. Information about undergraduate and graduate programs at the Univ. of Cincinnati and research labs such as the smart nano lab is available at