Michael W. Hyer, of Blacksburg, a professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, received the 2005 Alumni Award for Research Excellence at Virginia Tech.
The Alumni Association established the Alumni Award for Research Excellence to recognize the contributions of members of the university faculty who have made outstanding contributions in research. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff members make nominations for the award. The selection committee is composed of a chair appointed by the vice president for research and faculty who are previous recipients of the award.
Hyer's research centers around mechanics of materials and structures, with particular emphasis on composite and other contemporary materials. His research interests span both modeling and experimental efforts. He has written more than 300 publications and presented more than 100 talks in North America, Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. He is a former president and fellow of the American Society for Composites and a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He also has served as vice president of Region 3--the Americas--on the International Committee on Composite Materials.
He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Composite Materials and the Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures. He is a past editor for the Society of Engineering Science and has organized or held office in several national and international conferences. Hyer is the author of the text Stress Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials published by McGraw Hill and guest editor of a special issue of Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, to be published soon.
He has won the CRC Press Award in Composites and an Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials. He won the Frank A. Maher Award for Excellence in Education given by the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.
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