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Inman elected AAM fellow

By Liz Crumbley

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 21 - February 19, 1998

Daniel J. Inman, a professor of engineering science and mechanics and of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics. The academy is composed of distinguished scientists and engineers active in the field of mechanics in Canada, Central America, South America and the U.S.
"Fellowship in the academy is considered in the mechanics community to be one of the highest distinctions attainable," said Secretary of the Fellows J.N. Reddy, a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. The designation, Reddy noted, "is intended to serve as public recognition of Professor Inman's outstanding contributions to his area of specialization in mechanics in particular, and his contributions to the activities of the mechanics community in general."
Inman, the Herrick endowed professor of mechanics at Virginia Tech and the director of the Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1994, he was one of only 15 engineering faculty members in the U.S. to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator Award.
As a researcher in the field of mechanics, Inman has explored all aspects of vibration and control. His research has been funded by numerous industries, including General Motors, Firestone, and Atlantic Research, and government agencies, including the NSF, NASA, the Army Research office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research. He holds a patent in smart structures on self-sensing actuation.
A former department head at the State University of New York in Buffalo, Inman has held adjunct positions at Brown University and the University of Southern California. He has published five books, including Engineering Vibration, 200 proceeding papers, and more than 85 papers in professional journals, and has supervised 25 Ph.D. students to completion of their degrees. Inman is editor of both the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and The Shock and Vibration Digest and also serves on the editorial boards of numerous other journals in vibration and in smart structures.