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Harne Receives 2016 ASME Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has awarded the 2016 Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award to Dr. Ryan L. Harne, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University.  The prestigious award, based on selection by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, recognizes excellence in theoretical and applied mechanics research for early career faculty and provides a grant to support the acquisition of key research equipment.

In particular, the award will support research conducted in Harne's lab, the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research, that will formulate a detailed understanding of the complex dynamic responses of built-up structural systems subjected to loads that promote post-buckling, regularly encountered by aircraft which are slender structural platforms.  These platforms may exhibit skin (or shell) buckling due to combinations of thermal, mechanical and acoustic loads which increase stresses on the platforms, reduce performance of the system and accelerate fatigue processes.

Assistant Professor Ryan L. HarneEquipment acquired with the $20,000 award will allow Harne’s lab to experimentally investigate the sensitivities that govern complex dynamic behaviors, using the results as critical validation for theoretical characterization efforts conducted in parallel.

“The outcomes of the research will be fundamental advancements in understanding on how built-up structural systems subjected to such adverse loads may be best operated and designed for safety, efficiency, and long-life,” Harne said.

Harne joined Ohio State in 2015.   He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.  From 2012 to 2015, Harne was a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.