ASCE has honored Marco Amabili, Ph.D., P.Eng, M.ASCE, with the 2021 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal for outstanding research contributions to applied solid mechanics, with special emphasis on theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies on nonlinear mechanics and large-amplitude vibrations of shells and plates.
Amabili's exceptional research contributions span several areas of dynamics, solid mechanics, and fluid-structure interaction – in particular, in (1) the development of higher-order nonlinear shell theories with thickness deformation, (2) dynamics of laminated glass plates under blast load, (3) identification of tensile forces on tie rods in ancient monuments, and (4) vibration of nuclear reactor internals.
In 2008 Amabili wrote the impressive monograph Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates, published by Cambridge University Press; it has already received 956 citations and is unanimously considered the most authoritative book on the subject. In 2018 a second book by Amabili appeared, again published by the prestigious Cambridge University Press, titled Nonlinear Mechanics of Shells and Plates in Composite, Soft and Biological Materials, a subject of high topical interest.
The Raymond D. Mindlin Medal is awarded to an individual in recognition of outstanding research contributions to applied solid mechanics.