Prize Recipient

GradyDennis E. Grady
Applied Research Associates


"For his pioneering contributions into the fundamental principles controlling dynamic failure and fragmentation, developing a large database of the dynamic response of brittle materials, and identifying a universal relationship between shock wave structure and its amplitude."


Dennis Grady is currently an Associate and Principal Scientist with the South West Division of Applied Research Associates headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He performed Military service from 1958 to 1963, in the U.S. Navy Submarine service. He received his BS in physics and mathematics from Lewis and Clark College in 1967, and a Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University in 1971. Following three years on the research staff of Poulter Laboratory at SRI International he joined Sandia National Laboratories. He retired from Sandia Laboratories as a distinguished member of the technical staff in 1996 and joined the South West Division of Applied Research Associates the same year. He has been involved with the experimental measurement and theoretical description of condensed matter under the extreme pressure and temperature stimulus of shock and high-velocity impact for over 30 years. He has published over 300 technical papers and reports on a range of materials and applications issues in the intense shock environment including experimental methods, electric and magnetic effects, phase transformation, high-pressure equation of state, transient strength, hypervelocity interaction, and dynamic fragmentation. He is a member or past member of the American Physical Society, International Hypervelocity Society, American Geophysical Union, International DYMAT Association, and has served various official roles in these societies.

Selection Committee:

Naresh Thadhani (Chair), Russ Hemley (12/06), Vladimir E. Fortov (2005 Recipient)(12/06), Vitali Nesterenko (12/06), Ramon Ravelo (V. Chair)(12/08), Joe Zaug (12/08), Gerrit Sutherland (12/08)