Alumni Achievement Michael Sutton | College of Engineering | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Michael Sutton

Dr. Sutton received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics and Materials at Southern Illinois University. After four years in industry, he joined the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois under the guidance of Prof. Charles E. Taylor, receiving his Ph.D. in 1981. Dr. Sutton joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 1982 and is currently a Carolina Distinguished Professor. Prof. Sutton, a past-president of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (2001-2002), has received numerous honors for his scientific contributions, including election to the grade of Fellow in both ASME and SEM, selection for an honorary doctorate by ENS-Cachan in Paris, France in 2011, designation as the 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Award for excellence in scientific research and selection for the Murray Medal and Lecture in 2013. Prof. Sutton has published 180+ archival articles, 8 book chapters and the only book on image correlation in solid mechanics in 2009. His work has been cited by 5500 investigators with an h-factor =38 (Google Scholar metrics) for his research contributions. His current areas of research are experimental and analytical fracture mechanics, applications of computer vision for high rate events and biomechanics. Prof. Sutton married Elizabeth Ann Severns (they met at SIU in 1972) in 1973 and they have two married daughters, Michelle Mary Katherine Sutton Spigner born at Carle Clinic in Urbana, IL in 1979 and Dr. Elizabeth Marie Rosalie Sutton Gosnell born in Columbia, SC in 1982. Their first two grandchildren, fraternal twins Mary Frances and Fletcher Robert Spigner, were born in 2011.

Laurie K. Landgraf '85