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This site was created as a portal to Dr. John A. Gilbert. Professor Emeritus at UAHuntsville.


Executive Summary

I received my B.S. (aerospace) and M.S. (applied mechanics) degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1971 and 1973, respectively.  I graduated with a Ph.D. in solid mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1975.

I began teaching as a part-time lecturer in 1975 working at both IIT and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  After graduating with honors from IIT, I assumed a full time position at UWM where I served as assistant, and later an associate, professor. In 1985, I moved to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) where I was appointed as full professor. I officially retired from there in 2013 but I still am active as a faculty member as a result of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees passing a resolution giving me emeritus status. I also keep active as a private consultant. 

In addition to working as a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UAH, I held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UAH and adjunct faculty appointments in Materials Science at the the other two University of Alabama campuses located in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

I specialize in experimental stress analysis and applied optics with a concentration in optical metrology including remote sensing through fiber optic systems, holographic interferometry, high frequency moiré, speckle metrology, digital image processing of optically generated fringe patterns, and numerical correlation of speckle data. During the past forty years I helped introduce new concepts in holographic/fiber optic recording, real-time moiré interferometry, ultra-low frequency holography, shadow speckle metrology, radial metrology, photoelastic fiber-optic sensing, diffractive optic interferometry, and strategically tuned absolutely resilient structures.

I received the Fellowship Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing for the development of a thermal acousto photonic system for nondestructive evaluation and hold a patent in this area with AT&T Bell Laboratories.  I was also awarded patents for an integrated rainbow hologram, and strengthening wood frame construction against wind damage. During my career, I received awards from NASA and the AIAA for pioneering work in the areas of radial metrology, fluid flow visualization, and panoramic imaging in space, and was issued a certificate of recognition for evolution of high compliance ratio cementitious composites by ASM.

As documented on my resume, I supervised 16 Ph.D. dissertations and 22 M.S.E. theses to completion in 5 different programs (MAE, CEE, ECE, OSE, and Physics).at UAH plus 25 other theses projects (17 M.S. and 8 B.S.) in Wisconsin. My scholarly works currently include 3 book chapters, 3 patents, 68 publications, 132 conference proceedings, and 63 presentations at student conferences. In my resume, I also provide examples of magazine and web articles, news media coverage, and technical reports. There are 40 contracts listed there which represent extramural funding totaling $5M.

I taught courses in engineering mechanics and applied optics.  I received the UAH Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award (1988), the Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Award (1998), the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award (1999), the UAH Student Government Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), and the Outstanding Student Group Advisor/Distinguished Student Leader Award (2007 and 2008).

My administrative experience included a two year term (1988 - 1990) as director of Civil Engineering, a program then offered at UAH under the auspices of the Mechanical Engineering Department.  Under my leadership, the Civil Engineering program received initial ABET accreditation (1988), and was granted departmental status by the Board of Trustees (1991).  While serving as co-faculty/faculty advisor to the UAH ASCE Student Chapter during my tenure at UAH, the Chapter won 6 regional and 5 national championships.  During this time, the Chapter was voted the most outstanding student organization on campus, and officially recognized for its outstanding achievements by Alabama’s governor. I'm proud to say that I won the only two faculty races officially held as part of the National Concrete Canoe Competitions; a 200 m sprint race in 1994 and a 200 m slalom race in 1996.  

I have acted as scientific advisor to the National Science Foundation and served as a technical reviewer for both that agency and the Department of Defense.  For nine years, I worked as a consultant and resident visitor at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ and directed UAH's Consortium for Holography, Applied Mechanics and Photonics (CHAMP).  I have been a member of the engineering staff in UAH's Center for Applied Optics (CAO) and was the  president and founder of Optechnology, Inc. 

I received the Engineer of The Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (1991) and was designated as ASCE's Professional of The Year by the Huntsville Area Technical Societies (1997).  I was also awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance from the Alabama State Section of ASCE (1998) and a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding work and dedication as faculty advisor to the UAH Student Chapter from ASCE President Delon Hampton (2000). I also worked with a number of technical societies as a lecturer in the areas of nondestructive testing and remote sensing.

I am a fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics; and, a member of the British Society for Strain Measurement, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Order of the Engineer. As of 2013, I was also a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Huntsville Electro-Optical Section and Working Group, and Sigma Xi. I was twice designated as an International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Centre (1992, 2000), and declared Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute (1998).  My citations include Continental Who's Who Registry of National Business Leaders, Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in Engineering, Who's Who in Technology Today, Who’s Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th and 21st Centuries, 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and Who's Who in the World.

Professor Emeritus - Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Telephone: (256) 824-6029; Fax: (256) 824-6758; E-Mail: john.gilbert@.uah.edu