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Steven E. Olson, Ph.D.


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Aerospace Mechanics Division

Structures Group

Senior Research Engineer,
Structures Group Leader


Dr. Olson became the Structures Group Leader in 2016 and currently supervises the activities of 12 professionals working on various structures-related research projects. He has been with UDRI for 25 years, during which time he has led sponsored research projects for both government and industrial sponsors in the areas of structural health monitoring, structural design and analysis, composite aerospace structures, materials behavior, and vibration control. These programs have ranged from participating on small consulting projects to managing multi-year, multi-million dollar efforts. Dr. Olson has a strong solid mechanics background and expertise utilizing finite element analysis, including experience with codes such as Abaqus, LS-DYNA, and Nastran. He has published over 100 technical papers and reports and has presented at engineering and technical conferences worldwide. Dr. Olson is a 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.S, 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)
  • Langer, K., S. Olson, R. Brockman, W. Braisted, T. Spradlin, and M.E. Fitzpatrick, “High Strain-Rate Material Model Validation for Laser Peening Simulation,” The Journal of Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2015.
  • Derriso, M.M., M.P. DeSimio, C.D. McCurry, C.M. Schubert Kabban, and S.E. Olson, “Industrial Age Non-Destructive Evaluation to Information Age Structural Health Monitoring,” Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 591-600, 2014.
  • Park, B., H. Sohn, S.E. Olson, M.P. DeSimio, K. Brown, and M. Derriso, “Impact Localization in Complex Structures Using Laser Based Time Reversal,” Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 11, No. 5, p. 577-588, 2012.
  • Brockman, R.A., W.R. Braisted, S.E. Olson, R.D. Tenaglia, A.H. Clauer, K. Langer, and M.J. Shepard, “Prediction and Characterization of Residual Stresses from Laser Shock Peening,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 36, No. 1, p. 96-108, 2012.
  • Sohn, H., D. Dutta, J.Y. Jang, H.J. Park, M.P. DeSimio, S. Olson, and E. Swenson, “Delamination Detection in Composites Through Guided Wavefield Image Processing,” Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 71, No. 9, p. 1250-1256, 2011.
  • Sohn, H., D. Dutta, J.Y. Yang, M. DeSimio, S. Olson, and E. Swenson, “Automated Detection of Delamination and Disbond from Wavefield Images Obtained Using Scanning Laser Vibrometer,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 20, No. 4, p. 1-10, 2011.
  • 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.

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