About the Author
Jonathan M. Nichols received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Delaware in 1997 and the M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University in 1999 and 2002 respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering.?He is currently the Associate Superintendent for the Naval Research Laboratory Optical Sciences Division in Washington, D.C. His research interests include damage identification in structures, modelling and analysis of infrared imaging devices, signal and image processing, and parameter estimation. Kevin D. Murphy received the B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) and M. Sc. (Applied Mechanics) degrees from the University of Michigan in 1988 and 1990 respectively.?He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1994 in Mechanical Engineering.?He is currently a Professor and Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on the nonlinear mechanics, vibrations, and stability of structures for a broad variety of applications. Specific applications areas include: vibrations of damaged structures, adhesion/sticking contact in MEMS devices, and vibrations in manufacturing problems.