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104 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Solid mechanics, viscoelasticity, composites, structures, dynamics, numerical analysis, computer-aided engineering, aeroelasticity, structural control.
Harry H. Hilton received BS and MS degrees in aeronautical engineering in 1947 and 1949 from New York University and a Ph. D. in theoretical and applied mechanics with a minor in mathematics from UIUC in 1951. He has been at UIUC since 1949. He has held several academic positions, including the AE department head from 1974 to 1985 and during the '89 and '90 summers he was an assistant dean of engineering. From 1997 to 2001 and in 2007, he was appointed Charles E. Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Rotan. In 1995, he served as the Alfred M. Freudenthal Visiting Professor at Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck, Austria.
He has extensive analytical and computational research experience and is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in deterministic and stochastic linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity. His other active research areas are creep buckling, solid propellant structural integrity, linear and nonlinear viscoelastic finite element analysis, random material properties and characterization, damping, flutter and divergence of viscoelastic lifting surfaces, aerodynamic noise, stochastic failure analysis, viscoelastic crack propagation, piezo-viscoelasticity, structural control, electronic packaging, composites, structural survivability, computational structural mechanics and numerical analysis.
He is an AIAA fellow and a director of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national aerospace honorary society and is on the Editorial Board of a book series entitled Advances in High-Performance Computing. He also serves on two AIAA technical committees. He also has been employed as a consultant by several large aerospace employed as a consultant by several large aerospace companies.
Since his retirement in August 1990, he has remained active in teaching, research and in professional and public services. Since retirement, he has taught one graduate level AE or TAM course each semester as well as numerous individual special problem courses and continues to advise MS and Ph. D. thesis and minority program students. He has published or had accepted for publication in archival journals or proceedings over 300 research papers. Among other recent sponsored funding, he has been the recipient in 1984 of a $2,000,000 IBM CAD/CAM equipment grant, in 1987 of a $154,000 AT&T equipment grant, in 1987 of a $75,000 start up grant for an AE instructional computer laboratory and in 1990-91 of a $203,500 one year viscoelastic composite finite element analysis research grant from the IBM Palo Alto Research Center. He was an active research member of the DoE-ASCI UIUC Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets. He also serves as Senior Academic Lead for Computational Structural/Solid Mechanics at NCSA where he has active research grants with the Boeing Co., the Air Force, DoD and NASA, varying from $100,000 to $650,000 per year. He is also a faculty member in the Computational Science and Engineering program.
He also remains very active with his professional and public services. On campus he is a member of the UIUC Senate and its Executive Committee as well as the Chair of its Honorary Degree Committee, and is active in the AAUP and Sigma Xi. He continues to be involved in student activities as faculty advisor to two student organizations. Off campus, he is a member of 2 national and 2 international scientific committees, which are in the process of organizing professional conferences, past member and chair of the City of Champaign Human Relations Commission, of the steering committee of the Champaign County ACLU Chapter and past treasurer of A Woman's Fund Foundation board and past treasurer of A Woman's Fund Foundation board of directors.
- Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mech., University of Illinois, 1951 (solid mechanics with mathematics minor, advisor: Prof. A. M. Freudenthal)
- M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, New York University, 1949 (compressible aerodynamics, advisor: Prof. C. T. Wang)
- B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, New York University, 1947
- Dipl., Mechanical Engineering (ASTP), Pennsylvania State Univ., 1945
- 1997 - 2001, 2007 - Charles E. Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Rotan
- 1997 - present Senior Academic Lead for Computational Structural/Solid Mechanics, National Center for Supercomputer Applications, Private Sector Programs Division, UIUC
- 1997 - present, External Examiner, School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- 1993 - 1997, Professor Emeritus of Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and of Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1990 - present Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1989, 90 summers, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1988-1990, Director of AAE Instructional Computational Laboratory, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1957-1990, Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1977-1985, Head, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1976-1977, Associate Head, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1974-1976, Acting Head, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1955-1957, Associate Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1951-1955, Assistant Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
- 1949-1951, Instructor in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C
Major Honors and Awards:
- AIAA Fellow
- AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium Best Paper Award (2002, 2004)
- WSEA Best Conference Paper Award (2008)
- Association of College Honor Societies Award (2000)
- Pierce Award Finalist (1992)
- AIAA Faculty Advisor Award
- AIAA 60-year membership Award
- ACLU Award for Lifetime Commitment to Civil Liberties (2002)
- Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers (1976, 77, 78, 82, 83, 84, 85, 2003, 04, 10)
- Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma XI, Sigma Gamma Tau
Selected Recent Publications:
- Harry H. Hilton, Daniel H. Lee and Abdul Rahman A. El Fouly, “General analysis of viscoelastic designer functionally graded auxetic materials engineered/tailored for specific task performances,” Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 12:151-178, 2008.
- Harry H. Hilton, “A novel approach to structural analysis: Designer/engineered viscoelastic materials vs. ‘off the shelf’ property selections,” Journal of Vacuum Technology & Coating, 10:23-29, 2009.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Viscoelastic Timoshenko beam theory,” Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 13:1-10, 2009.
- Harry H. Hilton, “The elusive and fickle viscoelastic Poisson’s ratio and its relation to the elastic-viscoelastic correspondence principle,” Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, 4:1341-1364, 2009.
- Kamran A. Khan and Harry H. Hilton, “On inconstant Poisson's ratios in non-homogeneous elastic media,” Journal of Thermal Stresses, 33:29-36, 2010.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Sensitivity analysis of linear and nonlinear elastic and viscoelastic panel responses to aerodynamic noise,” International Journal of Applied Mathematical Sciences, 4:3841-3867, 2010.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Equivalences and contrasts between thermo-elasticity and thermo-viscoelasticity: a comprehensive critique,” Journal of Thermal Stresses, 34:488-535, 2011. DOI: 10.1080/01495739.2011.564010
- Craig G. Merrett and Harry H. Hilton, “Elastic and viscoelastic panel flutter in incompressible, subsonic and supersonic flows,” Journal of Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, 2:53-80, 2010.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Clarifications of certain ambiguities and failings of Poisson's ratios in linear viscoelasticity,” Journal of Elasticity, 104:303-318, 2011, DOI 10.1007/s10659-010-9296-z
- Craig G. Merrett and Harry H. Hilton, “Influences of starting transients, aerodynamic definitions and boundary conditions on elastic and viscoelastic wing and panel flutter,” Journal of Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Aerospace, 2:121-144, 2011.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Linear viscoelastic dynamic torsional divergence of wings and creep buckling of columns including failure probabilities and survival times,” submitted to Journal of Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics. 2012
- Cristina E. Beldica and Harry H. Hilton, “Analytical and computational simulations of experimental determinations of deterministic and random linear viscoelastic constitutive relations,” accepted for publication Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 2012.
- Harry H. Hilton, “Generalized fractional derivative anisotropic viscoelastic characterization,” Materials, 5:169-191. 2012, doi:10.3390/ma5010169
- Harry H. Hilton, “Sensitivity analyses for viscoelastic strength of materials and corresponding continuum mechanics formulations,” accepted for publication ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics. 2012
- Craig G. Merrett and Harry H. Hilton, “Generalized linear aero-servo-viscoelasticity: Theory and applications,” accepted for publication AIAA Journal, 2012.
- Harry H. Hilton and Daniel H. Lee, “Designer functionally graded viscoelastic materials performance tailored to minimize probabilistic failures in viscoelastic panels subjected to aerodynamic noise,” accepted for publication Journal of Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics. 2012
- William G. Buttlar, Eshan V. Dave, Harry H. Hilton and Glaucio H. Paulino, “Viscoelastic functionally graded materials: theory and applications,’’ in press Applied Mechanics Reviews, 2012.
- Abraham Shtark, Hagay Grosbein, Guy Sameach and Harry H. Hilton, “An alternate protocol for determining viscoelastic material properties based on tensile tests without use of Poisson ratios,” accepted for publication ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics. JAM08-1361, 2012.
- Aditya A. Parajape, Soon-Jo Chung, Harry H. Hilton and Animesh Chakravarthy, “Dynamics and performance of a tailless MAV with flexible wings,” AIAA Journal, 50:1177-1188, 2012. DOI: 10.2514/1.J051447
- Craig G. Merrett and Harry H. Hilton, “Flutter initiation under steady-state and accelerated free stream velocities,” SAE International Journal of Aerospace, 4:1449-1464, 2011.