SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation Awards

See the best and brightest minds acknowledged for their contributions

Recognizing the brightest minds

See the many ways excellence is recognized across multiple disciplines.

See the various ways innovation and research is acknolwdeged. Review the criteria and nomination information below. We encourage your participation.

Award recipients at SPIE Smart Structures + NDE

SPIE SSM/NDE Awards List


The awards presented at Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation 2023 represent four categories of excellence across various disciplines:


SPIE SSM/NDE Lifetime Achievement Awards

These awards recognize senior researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) or Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and who have been instrumental in their growth. The award decision is based on the extent of the nominee's impact on our community and participation in the SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation symposium. The prize consists of an SPIE certificate and a plenary talk at the Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation Symposium the following year.

Click here to review the 2023 SPIE Lifetime Achievement Award criteria and nomination information.

For further information, please contact the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Chairs:

NDE Award Chair: Haiying Huang (huang@uta.edu)

SSM Award Chair: Hani Naguib (naguib@mie.utoronto.ca)


Craig F. Bohren Best Student Presentation Award

The Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII conference chairs choose the Best Student Presentation Award from their conference. This award is sponsored by an SPIE Fellow. A cash prize will be given to the first, second, and third place winners.

Craig F. Bohren is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University. An expert on atmospheric optics, his autobiographical paper available at https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3359439 will no doubt inspire many researchers, young and old alike.


Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems Best Student Paper Award

The Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems conference committee choose the Best Student Paper Award from their conference. Applicants will submit an extended abstract for review, and selected finalists will present in a special session at the Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation meeting. This award is sponsored by RDI Technologies. A cash prize will be given to the first, second, and third place winners. 

Award Sponsor:

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EAP-In-Action Demonstration Awards

As part of the EAPAD conference of the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposia, the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session has been held over the past 23 years. A judging committee, consisting of leading EAP experts, will select the award winners among the presenters at the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session. The judges will assess the presenters' performance as well as the quality and content of the demos. The top ranked three will be recognized and will be awarded certificates.

How to Apply:
Send an email with the following information to Prof. Iain A. Anderson (i.anderson@auckland.ac.nz):
  • Title of the demo
  • Name of the presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Short description of the "EAP-in-Action" demo
  • Graphics and/or photo(s) that represent the demo. Graphics will be included in the Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation program, as well as the Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) conference proceedings.

The demonstration presenters are ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Originality/creativity
  2. Use of EAP to drive the demo
  3. Performance of the demo
  4. Potential impact

Applications are due by 14 September 2022.