David Dillard of Blacksburg, professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting August 28.
The Adhesive and Sealant Science Endowed Professorship was established in 1989 as a succession of three-year renewable agreements between the Adhesives and Sealant Council and the Virginia Tech Foundation to recognize excellence in engineering research.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty for 21 years, Dillard is internationally known for his work in adhesives and sealants. He has specialized in studies dealing with fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, fatigue, environmental degradation, durability predictions, and test method development. Although his work spans a variety of polymeric material systems, his particular emphasis for many years has been on adhesives. Recent research efforts include durability of fuel cell materials and behavior of adhesives under impact conditions.
Dillard is the Robert L. Patrick Fellow of the Adhesion Society, the premiere international organization in this field. In 2004 he was elected to a six-year term, through which he will serve successively as vice president, president and immediate past president of the Adhesion Society. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Adhesion.
In 2005 he received the Best Paper Award for the Advanced Composite Materials and Systems Track of the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He also received the 1995 and 1991 George G. Marra Award of Excellence from the Society of Wood Science and Technology, the 1995 Best Presentation Award from ASTM D-30, and the 1999 and 2002 GenCorp Signature University Award.
Dillard served as director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Adhesive and Sealant Science from 1999 to 2004 and as founder and interim director of the university’s Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute in 2004. He has held visiting positions at National Taiwan University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
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