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Interested in hosting an AmeriMech symposium?

The U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNCTAM) invites proposals for organizing AmeriMech Symposia. AmeriMech symposia are intended to promote interactions among researchers in an area of contemporary interest in the mechanics of fluids and solids. It is expected that the symposia will address topics of a specialized nature, will be small in size (about 50 participants) with minimal cost, held in an informal setting, encourage participation of young researchers, and promote interdisciplinary ideas and discussions. This format allows for in-depth discussions and close interactions between participants. Such symposia are known to help assess the state-of-the-art and chart new directions for the future.
AmeriMech symposia should normally extend over two to four days, according to need and scope. The symposia are required to be held at a University campus so as to minimize costs. They should be organized by two to three researchers, with one of these researchers being the Chair. The organizers are responsible for planning and conducting the symposium. The symposia should be organized in such a way that they promote vibrant, informal and informative discussions. AmeriMech symposia are intended to promote interactions among researchers in an area of contemporary interest in the mechanics of fluids and solids, especially those with the potential for impact on national priorities. The symposia are held in a single session format and ample time should be left for breaks and discussions. In many cases, introductory or review lectures can be used to motivate and introduce the topic.

The invited speakers should be a mix of established and emerging researchers including some from related fields who could provide new perspectives and ideas for advancing the subject of interest. It is desirable to set aside time towards the end of the symposium for a final discussion to identify new and emerging ideas to motivate future research. It is strongly encouraged to post the presentations from the symposium on a website so that they can be disseminated broadly. Proceeding papers of the presentations are not required. It may be worthwhile for the organizers to prepare a paper within a short time (1-2 months) after the conclusion of the symposium on the recent advances and research needs identified during the symposium to be published online and perhaps in an archival journal. Papers may be collected from the invited participants and published as a special issue of a journal after normal review procedure, but this is left to the interests of the organizers.
Researchers interested in organizing an AmeriMech symposium are invited to submit a one-page proposal by e-mail with "AmeriMech" in the subject line to Tarek Zohdi ( The proposal should contain:
(i) title for the symposium
(ii) proposed dates (at least the month), location and number of days
(iii) anticipated number of participants
(iv) proposer’s (Chair) name, affiliation and contact information (phone number, email), and name(s) and affiliation of co-organizers
(v) a synopsis (~200 words) containing the need and timeliness of the symposia, objectives, topics of
interest and anticipated benefits; subjects for symposia that promote mechanics in emerging areas are encouraged.

General guidelines for organizing a successful symposium will be provided to the organizers. The cost of holding an AmeriMech symposium should be kept low and has to be covered by the registration fee. USNC/TAM anticipates sponsoring three to four symposia per year. Seed funding to help with the organization of the symposia will be provided based on need (up to $4K). The organizers are encouraged to also seek support from other sources. 
The applications for this cycle closed on November 30, 2018. The three symposia that will be sponsored during 2019 are as follows:

Non-Reciprocal and Topological Wave Phenomena in Solids and Fluids
Dates: May 28--31, 2019
Anticipated number of participants: 45 to 50
Committee: Andrew Norris, Chair (1), Guoliang Huang, Local Organizer (2), Michael R. Haberman (3), Carolyn C. Seepersad (3)

(1) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ,, 848-445-3818
(2) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 
(3) Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, and


Abstract: Mechanical systems that produce non-reciprocal wave phenomena are of significant interest from both fundamental and practical perspectives. Recently, concepts from topology in 2D materials such Mechanical systems that produce non-reciprocal wave phenomena are of significant interest from both fundamental and practical perspectives. Recently, concepts from topology in 2D materials such as graphene have been used to design topological insulators and solid structures that admit modes with uni-directional propagation constants. Whatever the mechanism, non-reciprocity will enable exciting new capabilities such as one-way wave devices, improved vibration isolation systems, and improved imaging techniques. Because of these significant potential applications, non-reciprocal waves propagation has been identified by the NSF EFRI program as a national priority for research in mechanics, funding researchers at 17 institutions to pursue transformative research in the area of non-reciprocal wave propagation over the next three years. This symposium will gather together the leading figures in the field, with emphasis given to early career researchers and graduate student participation, towards the objective of promoting interactions and identifying critical issues. The Symposium will conclude with discussion of important questions, such as what are the practical implications and uses of these phenomena for existing technology or future acoustical or mechanical devices? The organizers are active in the Symposium topic, with direct connections to many of the main players in the US and abroad. Three members of the organizing committee are editors of a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America on non-reciprocity and topological phenomena in acoustics and elasticity. The Symposium venue will be the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, the first public university west of the Mississippi River. The Mizzou campus is located close to a regional airport, or can be reached by a short drive from St. Louis International Airport. The campus is particularly attractive at the end of May. Local accommodations are plentiful and relatively inexpensive, ensuring minimal cost for participants. In addition, we expect to secure matching funds from the University which will help minimize the registration fee. The proposed dates place the symposium between the Acoustical Society of America meeting May 13-17 (Louisville, KY) and the Phononics International Conference June 3-7 (Tucson, AZ). These meetings are expected to draw international researchers in acoustic metamaterials and topological phononics. Our proposed AmeriMech Symposium schedule should therefore attract many of these leading figures. Participants will arrive on Tuesday the 28th; with the main sessions from Wednesday morning to early Friday afternoon. Morning and afternoon sessions will kick off with introductory or review lectures. Poster sessions will be interspersed. The schedule will emphasize informal discussion and interaction, while providing opportunities for students to dialog with their peers and with leaders in the field.

The Intersection of Advanced Additive Manufacturing, Mechanics, and Materials
Organizers: Tarek Zohdi (UC Berkeley), Chris Spadaccini (LLNL)
Location: Berkeley, California
Date: June 5, 2019
Abstract: Within the last decade, several industrialized countries have stressed the importance of advanced manufacturing to their economies. Many of these plans have highlighted the development of robust additive manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, which are still rapidly evolving. The combination of rigorous material modeling coupled with the dramatic increase of computational power opens the possibility that scientific computing can play a significant role in the analysis, control, and design of many emerging additive manufacturing processes. Recently, the number of researchers who are blending advanced additive manufacturing, mechanics, and materials has grown immensely. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a set of diverse researchers in the hope of accelerating cross-fertilization between these fields. A primary mission of the workshop is to enhance cooperation and integration between the subdisciplines known traditionally as mechanics, materials, and manufacturing.

General Objectives: One key goal for researchers in academia and industry is to draw upon rigorous physical and mathematical theories, cutting edge experimentation, and computation to guide and simultaneously develop design rules for scaling up to industrial level mass production and precise additive manufacturing for a variety of applications. A particular emphasis of the workshop is modeling and simulation of fluid, solid, and multiphysical systems. We welcome contributions in a variety of applications including, but not limited to:

  • Additive manufacturing processes: powders, deposition, compaction, extrusion, spray
  • Coupled multiphysics involving solid, fluid, thermal systems, lasers, melting, solidification, etc.
  • Robotic control of additive manufacturing systems
  • Material design/functionalization: particles to modify base materials properties (solids and fluids)
  • Additive manufacturing and mechanics of architected materials and cellular structures
  • Topology optimization of microstructures
  • Control methods, algorithms, and machine learning for AM processes
Modeling and Simulation of Wildfires
Organizers: Tarek Zohdi (UC Berkeley), Ilkay Altintas (UCSD)
Location: Berkeley, California
Date: October 7--8, 2019

Abstract: Uncontrolled wildfires are a growing problem that will continue to vex countries around the globe and drain their resources. In the popular press, year after year we read fire-horror stories such as of modeling and simulation of fires, with the objective being to determine  the speed and direction of spreading,  utilizing  fuel models for the types of combustible materials and to ascertain ecological effects that result (smoke, etc.) incorporating  environmental factors: relative humidity, precipitation. There are four main classes of models:

1) Empirical (for quick estimation)
2) Semi-empirical (two-dimensional topographical growth)
3) Physically based (PDE-based solutions)
4) Data Assimilation Models that adjust the model based on statistical models.

The topics above form the "core" of the workshop; however, other aspects related to fire events are very welcome. For example, they may touch upon:

1) Modeling and simulation of UAVS, UGVs, etc.
2) Modeling and simulation of panic, traffic systems, etc.
3) Modeling and simulation of model and data uncertainty quantification, etc.
4) Modeling and simulation of remote sensing, LiDar, optics, etc.
5) Modeling and simulation of telecommunications, etc.
6) Modeling and simulation of combustion, etc.
7) Modeling and simulation of supply chains, etc.
8) Modeling and simulation of air quality, particulate flows, etc.

Format: This workshop is by invitation only, and will be held at UC Berkeley on October 7--8, 2019. We estimate that approximately 30-40 people will attend. There are no parallel sessions, no keynote talks, and no plenary talks. Everyone will be given equal time to speak, and we will also have ample time for deep roundtable discussions.

Recent USNC/TAM AmeriMech Symposia, 2014-2017

1. "Interfaces and Mixing - Non-Equilibrium Transport Across the Scales"
Chair/Submitter: Snejana Abarji;
Organizing Committee: Snezhana I. Abarzhi (, William A. Goddard (, and Mark Schlossman (   
Location: Denver, CO (venue TBD)
Dates: November 18-19, 2017
AmeriMech Rep: J. Dabiri

2. "Computational Mechanics of Particle-Functionalized Fluid and Solid Materials for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Processes"
Organizers: Tarek I. Zohdi (UC Berkeley) and Eric Shaqfeh (Stanford)
Logistical Coordinators: Maxwell Micali and Zeyad Zaky
Location: UC Berkeley, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Dates: May 30-31, 2017

3. "Mechbio symposium: Putting together the Cell Mechanome: Finding the pieces, building the puzzle"
Chair/Submitter: Padmini Rangamani;
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: August 4-5, 2016
AmeriMech Rep: T. Zohdi

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4. "Fluid Transport and Nonlinear Dynamics"
Chair/Submitter: George Haller;
Location: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
Quisset Campus, Clark Building, Room 509
Dates: May 16-20, 2016
AmeriMech Rep: J. Dabiri 

5. "Mechanical Behavior of 2D Materials - Graphene and Beyond"
Chair/Submitter: Rui Huang;
Location: Austin, TX
Dates: April 4-6, 2016
AmeriMech Rep: T. Zohdi

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6. "Nonlocal Models in Mathematics, Computation, Science, and Engineering"
Chair/Submitter: Pablo Seleson;
Location: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Dates: October 26-28, 2015
AmeriMech Rep: T. Zohdi

7. "Mechanics in Biology II"
Chair/Submitter: Sunghwan Jung; 
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Dates: May 22-23, 2014

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Generous financial support from the Robert M. and Mary Haythornthwaite Foundation through the US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is greatly appreciated.