Michael Sutton

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina


Michael A. Sutton received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1981. He has spent his professional career as an educator and scientific researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Prof. Sutton has received numerous awards for his contributions in the field of experimental solid mechanics including designation as a Distinguished Alumni by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL (1990) and recently by the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign (2015); election to the grade of Fellow by SEM (2000) and by ASME (2004); President of SEM (2001-2002); selection for an Doctoris Honoris Causa from Ecole’ Polytechnic in Cachan-Paris, France (2011); selection to receive the Murray Medal and give the Murray Medal lecture (2013). Prof. Sutton has published 230+ journal articles, written eight research book chapters and one textbook chapter and co-authored the only book on digital image correlation methods. His publications continue to be actively used by others, with nearly 20,000 citations, an h-index of 59 and an i10 index of 177. Prof. Sutton’s current interests are in applications of digital image correlation methods in civil engineering infrastructure, basic studies in aerospace composite materials and their constituents, high rate loading of materials and synthesis of image correlation and analytical methods for both R&D and design.

Prof. Sutton will celebrate his 45 the wedding anniversary with his wife Elizabeth Ann in 2018. They have two daughters, Michelle Spigner born in Urbana, IL in 1979 and Elizabeth Gosnell born in Columbia, SC in 1982, and three grand-children. Hobbies for Prof. Sutton include organic gardening, wildlife habitat restoration and an occasional round of golf.