Known for his extensive research and books on vibration, energy harvesting, control, statics, and dynamics, Inman has been an accomplished leader in this field since 1980. Inman comments, “I’m honored to win this award and be in the company of the esteemed previous recipients and an award honoring the late JS Rao. Receiving this is a pleasant surprise and a nice acknowledgement of my work.”
Established in 2017, the JS Rao Award recognizes the contributions of Professor Jammi Srinivasa Rao (J.S. Rao), President of the Vibration Institute of India and long-time Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies in the fundamental theory and engineering applications of vibration engineering and technologies in both research and education. Rao passed away in 2020 after a 60 year career.
In addition to the seminal texts Inman is known for, Inman has written eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, over 400 journal papers and 690 proceedings papers, given 72 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 68 Ph.D. students and supervised more than 75 MS degrees. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (since 1999), and works in the area of applying smart structures to solve aerospace engineering problems including energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, vibration suppression and morphing aircraft.
He is a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations, Society of Experimental Mechanics and the American Academy of Mechanics. He has served as Technical Editor of ASME’s Journal of Vibration and Acoustics from 1990 to 1999. He is the Harm Buning Collegiate Professor.