NEW COMMITTEE ACTIVITY
The 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Conference Dates: June 15-20, 2014
New, extended deadline to submit an abstract for contributed presentations is January 6, 2014. Minisymposia proposals are also now being accepted.
Registration is now open for the 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The Congress will be co-chaired by John Foss and Tom Pence. Technical sessions will cover a range of topics, including fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, controls, biomechanics, computational mechanics, applied physics, and applied mathematics.
USNC/TAM AmeriMech Symposia
In 2013, the USNC/TAM established the AmeriMech series of symposia and workshops. These modest-sized events are designed to encourage the discussion of new topics and the participation of young researchers. An additional goal of the symposia is to promote interdisciplinary ideas and interactions among researchers in the mechanics of fluids and solids.
Eric Shaqfeh elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
USNC/TAM would like to congratulate committee member Eric Shaqfeh for being elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Eric has been recognized for contributions to dynamics and rheology of complex fluids, including polymeric liquids, vesicles, and fiber suspensions.
Congratulations to Nadine Aubry - First female member elected to the IUTAM Bureau!
Nadine Aubry, dean of Northeastern University's College of Engineering, has been elected to serve on the IUTAM Bureau. Dr. Aubry is a widely known leader in the field of mechanical engineering, particularly fluid mechanics. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering has held leadership roles nationally and internationally. She was elected Vice Chair--to become Chair Elect and Chair--of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics. Dr. Aubry is a former chair of the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics- the National Research Council committee that represents the U.S. nationally and internationally in scientific matters related to the field of mechanics. Dr. Aubry's groundbreaking contributions to fluid dynamics also earned her the distinction of Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Physical Society, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Description taken from http:www.northeastern.edu/news/2012/06/aubry/
PAST MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
This workshop brought together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean, and a dozen distinguished scientists. It was jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). For more details, please consult the Activities and Events 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. The committee also provided travel fellowships to 19 recipients, from a variety of career stages. For more details, please consult the Activities and Events website.
REMEMBERING STEPHEN JUHASZ (1914-2013)
On June 19, 2013, the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics community lost a prominent member, Stephen Juhasz, at the age of 99 years old.
Juhasz received his Diplom-Ingenieur* from Budapest Technical University in 1936; Teknologie Licensiate (doctorate) from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 1951; and an Honorary Doctorate of engineering from Budapest Technical University in 1989.
He immigrated to the United States from Hungary via Sweden and Canada in 1952 and joined the research staff of MIT working in the fields of thermodynamics and heat transfer, as he had in Sweden and Canada.
In 1954 Juhasz moved to the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, MO as the Editor of "Applied Mechanics Reviews" and one year later moved with the editorial office to the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX and became the Executive Editor of AMR in 1960, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1984. His tenure was widely recognized as a noteworthy contribution to the worldwide research activity in Mechanics.
From 1984 until his recent death, Juhasz remained active in professional affairs. Especially working with local chapters of technical societies, he also became an authority in the field of descriptive geometry and created a wonderful laboratory for demonstrating virtual and interactive geometric principles as an Adjunct faculty in the Dept. of Mathematics of the University of Texas at San Antonio, presenting many lectures to a wide variety of audiences. The U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) will particularly remember Stephen Juhasz for his contribution as editor of the volume “IUTAM: A Short History” that was published by Springer in 1988. Juhasz received many professional honors for his work, including the ASME Frank von Flue Medal, a national award acknowledging contributions to the promotion of lifelong learning for mechanical engineers.
*German degree, equivalent to a U.S. Master’s degree.
Support for the USNC/TAM is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1128065.
Banner photo credit (far left): Taken from the report Damage Evolution in Stiffened Composite Structures Subjected to Variable Loadings by N.D. Flesher and C.T. Herakovich, the image is a finite element representation of the out-of-plan displacements of a stiffened fibrous composite panel when subjected to a combination of thermal and shear loading.
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