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U.S. National Committee FOR TAM

The U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) represents the United States in national and international activities related to the broad science of mechanics, including related sciences, engineering and mathematics. It serves as a focal point for charting future priorities in mechanics related research, applications and education. It represents the United States in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).



2016 USNC/TAM Annual Meeting Dates Announced
The USNC/TAM will hold their next annual meeting on April 22-23, 2016, in room 120 of the NAS building in Washington, D.C.

2015 USNC/TAM Annual Meeting Presentations Now Available For Download 
On May 1 and 2, the USNC/TAM held its 2015 meeting at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Presentations from invited speakers are available for download here

NAE Making a World of Difference 2014 Report Cover PhotoMaking a World of Difference: Engineering Ideas into Reality (An NAE Report)
This 2014 report celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Academy of Engineering by spanning major engineering challenges and accomplishments from 1964 through the present. NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. and Executive Officer Lance A. Davis utilized the contributions of over 25 engineering practitioners to cover an array of topics in computer science, space exploration, laser technology, and global sustainability. Download the full report PDF.

Making the Case for Engineering: Study and Recommendations (An NSF Report)
In 2004, NSF Assistant Director of Engineering John Brighton initiated a task force chaired by Ken Chong that would “make the case” for the necessity of engineering research and education in the United States. The goal of this report is to bring increased visibility to the United States’ continued need for additional funding in this area, and to further inform the public on the myriad ways engineering innovations are a part of everyday life. Download the full report.

Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing: October 7-9 2015 
The USNC/TAM will host a national workshop in fall 2015 to address the challenges and opportunities in theoretical and computational methods to advance additive manufacturing (AM) in a holistic, multifaceted, and interdisciplinary way where experts from different sectors and industries share their best practices and ideas to move forward.

This unique workshop will involve areas such as simulation base engineering & science (SBES), integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), mechanics, materials science, manufacturing processes, and other specialized areas. The emphasis will be technical, but it will also address policy and other issues related to AM.

The workshop will be held at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C.

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.

AmeriMech Symposia Series 2015-2016
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 2015 AmeriMech overview (PDF document).

Upcoming IUTAM Symposia in the U.S.
Two IUTAM symposia will be held in the United States in 2016 and 2017:
  • "Integrated Computational Structure-Material Modeling of Deformation and Failure Under Extreme Conditions" will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 6-8, 2016. The Whiting School of Engineering of Johns Hopkins University will host the symposium,  which will consist of four thematic parts and feature speakers and panelists from academia, industry, and government laboratories.
  • "Computational Particle Mechanics in Fluid and Solid Systems," jointly sponsored by IUTAM and AmeriMech, will be held at UC Berkeley in 2017. This invitation-only workshop will feature speakers on topics such as biomedical engineering, material design, and manufacturing processes. There will be time for roundtable discussions afterward.

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.

Highlights of the General Assembly included: 

  • 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
For more details on the members and observers of IUTAM's General Assembly, please consult the IUTAM website. 

New Report Series Launched: Recent Trends in Mechanics
The USNC/TAM has initiated a new series of periodic reports, Recent Trends in Mechanics. Report proposals are due April 15th of each year. More information on the types of reports included in the series and report proposal guidelines can be found on the Reports: Recent Trends in Mechanics webpage.

Recent Trends in Mechanics reports that were completed in 2013 through 2015 include:


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Wing Kam Liu, Chair
Gareth McKinley, Vice Chair
Linda Franzoni, Secretary
Ana Ferreras, Senior Program Officer
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate




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.

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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