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Rapid review and publication at JAM in 2014

Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM) received 280 submitted manuscripts during the first 6 months in 2014.  Among them only 4 are still in review.  

The average time for the 1st round of review, with the decision to accept, or reject, or revise, is reduced to 10 days.  For those that need revisionsthe average time to make the final decision is 24 days after the 1st round of review, which include both the authors' revision time and 2nd (and more) round(s) of review.

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new paper on fracking in JAM by Prof. Bazant

Fracking has been an important research topic in recent years.  JAM just published a paper "Why Fracking Works" by Professor Zdenek Bazant and his co-authors (JAM, volume 81, paper 101010, 2014).  This paper is of great interest, not only to mechanics, but also to engineers interested in fracking.

The paper is attached.

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Journal of Applied Mechanics (ASME Transactions) now publishes very fast.

Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM) received 526 submitted manuscripts in 2013.  Among them 4 are still in review.  

The average time for the 1st round of review, with the decision to accept, or reject, or revise, is 18 days.  After the 1st round of review, the average time to make the final decision is 34 days, which include both the authors' revision time and 2nd (and more) round(s) of review.

After acceptane the uneditted manuscript appears online with the assigned DOI within 48 hours.

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Book Review in Journal of Applied Mechanics, April issue, 2014

A book review by Prof. Jan Achenbach (Northwestern University) is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, April, 2014.  The book, The Theory of Materials Failure, was authored by Prof. Richard M. Christensen and published by Oxford University Press, 2013.

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1734822

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2013 Timoshenko Medal paper by Prof. Richard Christensen

The 2013 Timoshenko Medal paper "Completion and Closure on Failure Criteria for Unidirectional Fiber Composite Materials " by Professor Richard Christensen from Stanford University is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics in its January issue, 2014.  Professor Christensen will receive the ASME Timoshenko Medal at the IMECE conference in San Diego, CA, in November, 2013.

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2011 Drucker Medal paper by Prof. John Rudnicki

Journal of Applied Mechanics just published the 2011 Drucker Medal Paper: Localized Compaction in Porous Sandstones, authored by Profesor John Rudnicki from Northwestern University.  

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1724444

Professor John Rudnicki received the ASME Drucker Medal in 2011. 

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Book Review in Journal of Applied Mechanics, November issue, 2013

A book review by Prof. George Weng (Rutgers University) is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, November, 2013.  The book, Micromechanics of Composite Materials, was authored by Prof. George Dvorak and published by Springer, 2013.

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1717240 

 

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Focused Section on Mechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials

Carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, …) have received significant attention from the academia and industry in the past two decades owing to their superior material properties. Mechanicians have played a major role in the fundamental understanding of the mechanical properties of carbon nanomaterials, and in their wide-range applications. 

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Dr. Asha Nurse from NIST will receive the inaugural Journal of Applied Mechanics Award.

Dr. Asha Nurse from NIST will receive the inaugural Journal of Applied Mechanics Award for her paper "A model of force generation in a three-dimensional toroidal cluster of cells" (Journal of Applied Mechanics, v 79, article 051013, 2012).

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Journal of Applied Mechanics Award

The Journal of Applied Mechanics Award is provided by the Applied
Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to honor the
best paper which has been published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics during
the two calendar years immediately preceding the year of the award. The award
will be made annually to the corresponding author of the paper who received their
Ph.D. no more than 10 years prior to July 1 of the year of award. Corresponding
authors who have yet to receive a Ph.D. may also be considered. The award will

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Professor Ares Rosakis will receive the 2013 Theocaris Award from Society of Experimental Mechanics

Ares J. Rosakis, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, is the recipient of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) 2013 P.S. Theocaris Award.  This award recognizes a senior professional who is a Fellow of SEM and who has conducted outstanding research throughout his career in the field of experimental mechanics.

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Professor Zhigang Suo will give the Thurston Lecture at the IMECE meeting, Houston, November 2012.

Professor Zhigang Suo will give the Thurston Lecture at the IMECE 2012 meeting, Houston, 10am-noon, 11/14/2012, Wednesday.

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Congratulations to Professors Jan Achenbach, Zdenek Bazant, Pol Spanos, Zhigang Suo and Wei Yang for receiving the ASME awards

In addition to the ASME awards related to the Applied Mechanics Division, some prestigious society awards will be given to mechanicians at the IMECE, Houston, Texas, in November 2012.

Professor Jan Achenbach  of Northwestern University will receive the ASME Medal.  [ASME Medal, established in 1920, is the highest award that the Society can bestow and is to recognize “eminently distinguished engineering achievement.”  Only one ASME Medal may be awarded annually.]

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French Republic Knights Professor Ravichandran

G. Ravichandran, John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) has been selected to receive the Chevalier de l'ordre des Palmes Académiques, which is the Knight grade of the French Republic's Order of Academic Palms. Founded by Napoleon in 1808 to honor educators and scholars,  this distinction recognizes eminent personalities who have made significant contributions to the development of French culture, science, and education.

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National Research Council has ranked the doctoral programs of universities in the States

National Research Council ranks the doctoral programs of universities in the States every ten years.  The new ranking just came out.  Here are the results for mechanicsl engineering and civil engineering.

 

Mechanical Engineering:

-- survey based rank:

1. Stanford, Brown, CalTech

2. Northwestern

3. U. Michgan, Princeton

4. MIT, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara

5. UC SD, UIUC

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faculty position at Northwestern University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Multifunctional Infrastructure Materials -- ADVERTISEMENT

 

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NSF Summer Institute Short Course on Mechanics of Soft Materials

NSF Summer Institute Short Course on

Mechanics of Soft Materials

Co-sponsored by
The Intrenational Union of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) and
The US National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (US/NCTAM)

Organizers: Yonggang Huang and Wing Kim Liu, Northwestern University

Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201
Dates: May 10 (Monday) morning to May 12 (Wednesday) morning 2010

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Professor Huajian Gao will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress

Professor Huajian Gao, Brown University, will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Orlando, Florida.  His lecture “Nanomechanics of biological systems - What can we learn from nature about hierarchical materials?” will be in room Euro 10, on the 3rd floor at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel (conference hotel), at 10am, November 16, Monday.

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tenure-track assistant professsor at Northwestern University

Northwestern University, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)and Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) jointly seek an outstanding individual in the area of mechanics for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, internationally-recognized research program, teach graduate- and undergraduate-level courses, and supervise graduate research.  Both CEE and ME

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program ranking of universities

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published its ranking of all programs (fields) of universities in the States.

http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity

This ranking is based on the productivity (publications, citations, grants and awards, nothing else), rather than people perceptions (department head's evaluations) as US News and World Report. 

Of course one should never take any ranking very seriously, but it is interesting to take a look at this website.

 

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