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Steven E. Olson

Group Leader, Structures - Distinguished Research Engineer

University of Dayton Research Institute: Applied Mechanics


Email: Steven Olson
Phone: 937-229-3022
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, Rm S3100B, Dayton, OH 45409
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As Structures Group Leader, Dr. Olson currently supervises the activities of 14 professionals working on various structures-related research projects. He has been with UDRI for over 25 years, during which time he has led sponsored research projects for both government and industrial sponsors in the areas of hypersonic vehicle structures, structural health monitoring, structural design and analysis, composite aerostructures, 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.


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


  • 2018 George Stephenson Gold Model, awarded for the best original paper published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers during the past 12 months for paper, “Distributed Optical Sensing in Composite Laminates,” November 2018
  • 2012 UDRI Exceptional Performance Award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to research growth of UDRI, Dayton, OH, May 2013

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)
  • Sullivan, R.W., L. Meadows, K. Brown, V. Ranatunga, K. Vehorn, and S. Olson, “Distributed Optical Sensing in Composite Laminates,” Journal of Strain Analysis, Vol. 52, No. 6, 2017.
  • 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.