Discussion on responsible conduct of research in ESM

Abstract: Conducting research as a graduate student in engineering science and mechanics is both challenging and rewarding. To be an effective researcher a student needs to work independently as part of a team. What does it mean to be independent and a good team member? What are the traits that make both the individual and the team successful? To whom does a researcher have responsibilities and what are they? What happens when you face adversity? Finally, why should a student be a researcher? In this session, the audience will discuss issues of responsible research conduct and answer these, and related, questions. This discussion is intended to help graduate students progress along the path of maturation as a student and a person.

Biography: Cliff Lissenden is a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. He joined the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1995 and gained a joint appointment in Acoustics in 2011. He is an ASME Fellow and was founder and director of the Ben Franklin Center of Excellence in Structural Health Monitoring. His current research is mainly for nondestructive characterization of materials using ultrasonic guided waves and is broadly applicable to metals, composites, concrete, rock, and bone. Applications include robotic nondestructive inspection of stress corrosion cracking, structural integrity analysis of bonded joints in composites, detection of incipient damage with nonlinear ultrasonics, process monitoring of additive manufacturing with laser ultrasonics, cloaking critical infrastructure from earthquakes, and characterization of bone healing.


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