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Professor Gerald Nurick has been working in the field of impact dynamics for over thirty years. His work in earlier years focussed on inelastic deformation of metal structures and over the years has moved to structural failure, effects of buried explosives, confined blasts, laminated and sandwich structures.

He was responsible for the establishment of the well-respected and very successful Blast Impact Survivability Research Unit (BISRU), which received accreditation as an official University Research Unit in 2003.

He has developed interactions and collaborations around the world, and has frequently been invited to visit and lecture overseas. His has been an external examiner for PhD dissertations in Australia, Belgium and Sweden.

He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering, The International Journal of Protective Structures, and The Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures. He has also served on the International Scientific Committee of numerous international conferences around the world.

At the Assembly of the International Society of Impact Engineering in May 2016, Professor Nurick was one of the five inaugural elected Honorary Members for lifetime significant contribution to and the development and growth of Impact Engineering activities.