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Since joining UDRI in 1992, Dr. Olson has led over $3.0M in sponsored research projects for both government and industrial sponsors in the areas of structural health monitoring, structural design and analysis, materials behavior, and vibration control.  He has a strong solid mechanics background and expertise utilizing finite element analysis, including experience with codes such as ABAQUS, DYNA, and NASTRAN.  Recently, his efforts have focused on the design and development of structural health monitoring systems for metallic and composite aerospace structures.  Dr. Olson has published over 100 technical papers and reports and has presented at various engineering conferences worldwide.  He is Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2001
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1993
  • B. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1991

Selected Publications

  • Derriso, M.M., S. E. Olson, and M.P. DeSimio, “Military Aircraft,” Chapter in:  Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring, C. Boller, F-K. Chang, and Y. Fujino, eds., Wiley Blackwell, 2009.  (ISBN:  978-0-470-05822-0)
  • Andrews, J.P., A.N. Palazotto, M.P. DeSimio, and S.E. Olson, “Lamb Wave Propagation in Varying Isothermal Environments,” Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 265-270, 2008.
  • DeSimio, M.P., S.E. Olson, and M.M. Derriso, “Beamforming of Lamb Waves for Structural Health Monitoring,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 129, No. 6, p. 730-738, 2007.
  • Olson, S.E., M.P. DeSimio, and M.M. Derriso, “Fastener Damage Estimation in a Square Aluminum Plate,” Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 173-1183, 2006.
  • John, R., W.J. Porter, and S. Olson, “Measurement and Modeling of Orthotropic Elastic Behavior of Grains in a Titanium Aluminide Alloy,” Intermetallics, Vol. 12, Issue 1, p. 1-9, 2004.
  • Nicholas, T., A. Hutson, R. John, and S. Olson, “A Fracture Mechanics Methodology Assessment for Fretting Fatigue,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 25, p. 1069-1077, 2003.
  • Porter, W.J., R. John, and S. Olson, “Determination of Young’s Modulus of Grains in a Gamma Titanium Aluminide Alloy,” Scripta Materialia, Vol. 49, p. 327-332, 2003.
  • Olson, S.E., “An Analytical Particle Damping Model,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 264, p. 1155-1166, 2003.
  • Frank, G.J., S.E. Olson, and R.A. Brockman, “Numerical Models of Orthotropic and Lamellar Grain Structures,” Intermetallics, Vol. 11, p. 331-340, 2003.
  • Hutson, A.L., T. Nicholas, S.E. Olson, and N.E. Ashbaugh, “Effect of Sample Thickness on Local Contact Behavior in a Flat-on-Flat Fretting Fatigue Apparatus,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 23, p. S445-S453, 2001.

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