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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 cycle for 2020 has closed. The symposia sponsored during 2019 and 2020 are as follows:

Experimental and Computational Fracture Mechanics: Validating peridynamics and phase field models for fracture prediction and experimental design
Hosting Organization: Center of Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dates:  February 26--28, 2020

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.

The Intersection of Advanced Additive Manufacturing, Mechanics, and Materials
Organizers: Tarek Zohdi (UC Berkeley), Chris Spadaccini (LLNL)
Location: Berkeley, California
Date: June 5, 2019

Non-Reciprocal and Topological Wave Phenomena in Solids and Fluids
Dates: May 28--31, 2019
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

2014-2018 USNC/TAM AmeriMech Symposia

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.