David Dillard

The Adhesive & Sealant Science Professor

Area(s) of Interest: Solid Mechanics
Phone: (540) 231-4714
Email: dillard@vt.edu

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (MC 0219) Norris Hall, Room 219-A, Virginia Tech 495 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061


Professor Dillard's expertise is in the area of failure and time dependence of polymeric materials. He specializes in studies dealing with fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, fatigue, environmental degradation, durability predictions, and test method development. Although his work has spanned a variety of polymeric material systems, his special emphasis for many years has been on adhesives and sealants. A major thrust of his work has been the development of appropriate test methods for evaluation of adhesive bonds, analysis and design procedures for adhesive joints, and studies of the durability of such systems when exposed to a variety of environmental conditions. Recent efforts include durability of fuel cell materials and studies of soft matter, such as hydrogels.


  • 1981: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1978: M.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Missouri-Rolla
  • 1976: B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Missouri-Rolla

Honors and Awards

  • 2013:    Wake Medal, Society for Adhesion and Adhesives, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • 2011:    Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2010:    Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science
  • 2008:    Professional Degree (awarded to distinguished alumnus), Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • 2006:    Adhesive and Sealant Science Professorshipconveyed through endowment supplied by the Adhesive and Sealant Council.
  • 2005:    Best Paper Award for the Advanced Composite Materials and Systems Track of the Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • 2004:    Robert L. Patrick Fellow of the Adhesion Society.
  • 2002:    Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

Professional Service

  • Member and past president of the Adhesion Society
  • Member of ASEE
  • Member of ASME
  • Editorial Board for the Journal of Adhesion


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Get in touch

  • Phone:
    (540) 231-8789
  • Fax:
    (540) 231-0954
  • Address:
    Norris Hall, Room 333, Virginia Tech
    495 Old Turner Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061