About the Author
Douglas E. Adams is a recognized lecturer in the field of structural health monitoring, having received numerous awards for his teaching at Purdue University. Notably he has become the youngest ever member of the faculty to be inducted into the Purdue Teaching academy, having achieved consistently high teaching ratings. In combination with excellence in teaching he is also well accomplished in the research field, receiving the Presidential Early Career award from George W. Bush and becoming the Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year in 2003. His area of expertise is in nonlinear structural dynamics and experimental system identification with application to health monitoring and mechanical components, having written over 85 technical publications. In recent years he has been able to commercialize his findings, with notable technologies for detecting cracks in wheel assemblies being deployed in Iraq. Over the last five years he has achieved over $3 million in research funding whilst dedicating himself to education and teaching, thus developing an excellent knowledge of the field and achieving precedence within it.