William N. Sharpe, Jr. holds the Alonzo G. Decker Chair in Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University where he served as department chairman for 11-1/2 years.
His early research focused on laser-based strain measurement over very short gage lengths to study plasticity and fracture behavior. The past fifteen years have been devoted to development and use of experimental methods to measure the mechanical properties of materials used in microelectromechanical systems.
He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics from which he received the Murray Medal. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded him the Nadai Award as well as Fellow grade. He has received an Alexander von Humboldt Award along with the Roe Award from the American Society of Engineering Education.