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ICTAM 2016 Dates Announced: August 21-26
The USNC/TAM is pleased to announce the 24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM 2016) will be held August 21-26, 2016 in Montréal, Canada. The ICTAM 2016 poster can now be found online (PDF).
The venue will provide up to 1,500 slots for oral presentations and 400 for poster presentations. Participation starts with the submission of a two-page summary by January 15, 2016.
2014 IUTAM General Assembly
The 2014 IUTAM General Assembly was held August 17-20 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The General Assembly is the union’s highest authority and each adhering organization has representatives with voting rights in the General Assembly. The U.S. Delegation to the General Assembly was chaired by Stelios Kyriakides and included the members Linda P. Franzoni, Huajian Gao, Carl Herakovich, and Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar.
For more details on the members and observers of IUTAM's General Assembly, please consult the IUTAM website.
- Sixteen new IUTAM Symposia were approved for the 2016-17 period, including two from the U.S.:
- Integrated Computational Material-Structure Modeling Deformation and Failure under Extreme Conditions, Somnath Ghosh, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
- Computational Particle Mechanics in Fluid and Solid Systems, Tarek Zohdi, UC Berkeley, 2017
- Chairs and Co-Chairs for 44 Thematic Sessions (mini-symposia on current technical subjects) were selected. U.S. scientists were selected to co-chair 30 sessions.
- The number of Congress Committee Members was increased to 34, with 17 each in solids and fluids. Five new members were also selected.
- Seven U.S. members will serve in the Congress Committee through 2016. These members are:
- Howard Stone, Princeton University
- Ann Karagozian, UC Los Angeles
- K. Ravi Chandar, University of Texas at Austin
- Huajian Gao, Brown University
- Horacio Espinosa, Northwestern University
- Eric Shaqfeh, Stanford Univeristy
- Robert McMeeking, UC Santa Barbara
- A selection of mini-symposia was approved for the Congress of 2016. The mini-symposia are prominent events at the Congress that are organized by two co-chairs.
- Sixteen Sectional Lecturers were selected, out of a nominated pool of 87. Eight of the Sectional Lecturers are from the US: John Bush – MIT; Tim Colonius – Caltech; Anette Hosoi - MIT; Alexander Smits – Princeton University; John Rogers – University of Illinois UC; Ares Rosakis – Caltech; Zhigang Suo – Harvard University; Charbel Farhat – Stanford University
AmeriMech Symposia Series
AmeriMech symposia are intended to promote interactions among researchers in an area of contemporary interest in the mechanics of fluids and solids. Proposal guidelines and more details on the series can be found on the AmeriMech website and the 2014 AmeriMech overview (PDF document).
Symposia proposals that have already been approved include:
- Dynamics of Metamaterials (Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, 2-4 April, 2014)
- Mechanics in Biology (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 22-23 May, 2014)
- Internal Waves in Fluids (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 9-12 June, 2014)
17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
The 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics was held June 15-20, 2014 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The Congress was co-chaired by John Foss and Tom Pence. Technical sessions covered a range of topics, including fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, controls, biomechanics, computational mechanics, applied physics, and applied mathematics. In addition, on June 15, the USNC/TAM held its meeting. For more details, please visit the 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics website.
Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
The 2013 workshop brought together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which gave several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop was part of the world initiative Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013. It was jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and IUGG. It was sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and partly funded by a grant from the International Council for Science (ICSU). It was supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). The members of the Scientific Committee were Susan Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM). More details are available on the Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2013 website.
2012 International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM)
The 23rd ICTAM was held August 2012 in Beijing, China, featuring extensive participation by the USNC/TAM and its members. L. Ben Freund, then IUTAM vice-president and USNC/TAM member, gave the closing lecture. Another USNC/TAM member, Huajian Gao, won the Rodney Hill prize for his extraordinary achievements in basic solid mechanics as a bridge to other fields. In addition to these individuals' achievements, the USNC/TAM served as a reviewer and screener of the papers submitted to the congress by U.S. researchers.
Besides these activities, USNC/TAM also organized a fellowship program for the 2012 ICTAM. The committee provided travel fellowships to 19 recipients, from a variety of career stages. Each of the recipients presented a paper at the Congress. The complete list of the recipients can be found at the ICTAM 2012 Fellowships website.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number CMMI-1338717. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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