BLACKSBURG, Va., May 23, 2011 – Dr. David Dillard of engineering science and mechanics received a 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Dillard's research expenditures exceed $56 million, with personal expenditures in excess of $9.3 million. His efforts have included gaining improved insights into processes relevant to hydrogel manufacturing for biomedical devices; and studying reversible adhesion for a novel class of microelectronic adhesives. In February 2010, Professor Dillard received the Adhesion Society's prestigious national Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science. One of the nominators of Dr. Dillard for this award wrote: "In my view Prof. Dillard is the world's leading authority on the mechanics of adhesive bonding, and he has played a leading role in the application of mechanics approaches to problems in adhesion science. Much of his work has been very influential in my own research..."
by: Lynn Nystrom