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Liping Liu is the recepient of the 2013 Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It gives me great pleasure to announce the outcome of the 2013 competition for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty. This award is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. The selection committee consisted of: K. Ravi-chandar (UT Austin), Huajian Gao (Brown University), Kaushik Bhattacharya (Caltech), Roger Fosdick (Minnesota University), and Yonggang Huang (Northwestern University).

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Call for Nominations for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It is my pleasure to solicit nominations for the "Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty". This award, launched last year, is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. While interdisciplinary work that bridges mechanics with physics, chemistry, biology and other disciplines is encouraged, the ideal awardee will demonstrate clear inspiration from mechanics in his/her research.

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Vicky Nguyen and Kaushik Dayal are Recipients of the Inaugural Eshleby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It gives me great pleasure to announce the outcome of the inaugural competition for the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty. This award, created in 2012, will be annually given to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. The selection committee consisted of: K. Ravi-chandar (UT Austin), Huajian Gao (Brown University), Kaushik Bhattacharya (Caltech), Roger Fosdick (Minnesota University), and Yonggang Huang (Northwestern University).

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Faculty Opening: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Experimental Biomechanics, Mechanobiology and Biophysics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston (UH) invites
applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty position, at all levels, beginning Fall 2013 or later.
Successful candidates are expected to establish an internationally recognized
dynamic research program in the area of experimental biomechanics and
mechanobiology. Special preference would be given to those pursuing cellular
level and/or single molecule studies of living systems with emphasis on

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NSF-PACAM Travel Scholarship to Attend PACAM 2013 at Houston

PACAM 2013 (Houston) has some limited funds which will
be used to provide partial support to participants from the USA.  The financial support is provided by the
National Science Foundation and the University of Houston. The primary targets
of the travel scholarships are graduate students, post-docs and early career
researchers e.g. assistant professors. The deadline for receipt of the completed
scholarship application is 21st
February, 2013
.

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Deadline to submit abstracts for PACAM XIII extended

Based on several requests, the deadline to submit abstracts for the Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics XIII has been extended to the 1st of February. This years PACAM will be held in Houston, TX--the first time PACAM is being held in North America! The conference will feature plenary talks by Professors Alan Needleman, K. Ravichandar and Roger Fosdick.

 The link to the conference website is here: http://www.conferencetoolbox.org/PACAMXIII/

 

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Full Professor Opening – Experimental Biomechanics, Mechanobiology and Biophysics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University
of Houston (UH) invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the Full
Professor level beginning Fall 2013 or later. Successful candidates are
expected to establish an internationally recognized dynamic research program in
the area of experimental biomechanics and mechanobiology. Special preference
would be given to those pursuing cellular level and/or single molecule studies
of living systems with emphasis on healthcare applications. Highly qualified

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Announcing the Launch of the Eshelby-UH Mechanics Award for Young Faculty

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of the "Eshelby-UH Mechanics Award for Young Faculty". This award will be given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers. While interdisciplinary work that bridges mechanics with physics, chemistry, biology and other disciplines is encouraged, the ideal awardee will demonstrate clear inspiration from mechanics in his/her research.

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Surface Energy, Elasticity and the Homogenization of Rough Surfaces

The attached paper was recently accepted for publication in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.

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Opening for a Non-tenure-track Instructional Faculty

The Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Houston has an opening for a non-tenure track instructional faculty position.  The ideal candidate should be passionate about teaching will be expected to teach 3 undergraduate courses a semester and help with ABET. A competitive 9-month salary is expected and summer support is possible as well. Although the position is non-tenure track, our intention would be to hire someone for the long-haul.

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Two Openings for Post-doctoral Fellows at University of Houston

Two post-doctoral fellow positions are available in Sharma's research group at University of Houston. Potential candidates can visit the following website to get an idea of the kind of research projects undertaken in this group: http://www2.egr.uh.edu/~psharma/index.html. The positions are for one year but renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Candidates are expected to be familiar with both atomistic calculation methods and continuum mechanics.

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Paper by Ellad Tadmor & Nikhil Admal---Atomistic Definition of Stress

For both mechanicians and physicists, linking continuum concepts to the underlying microscopic characteristics of materials has remained a major preoccupation. Certainly, with the recent advent of the so-called "multiscale" modeling approaches, this topic has been brought to a sharp focus. Cauchy stress is one such continuum concept that has courted a fair amount of controversy.

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Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Opening at University of Houston

The Cullen College of Engineering of the University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). As part of a major drive for excellence, the college seeks innovative and enthusiastic leadership to build upon the strengths of the research and educational programs of the ME Department. The successful candidate must possess academic skills and credentials of the highest caliber, with an established national and international reputation in research, and academic and professional leadership in Mechanical Engineering or related fields. Credentials appropriate to the rank of Professor are required.

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The origins of electromechanical indentation size effect in ferroelectrics

The attached paper was recently accepted for publicaiton in Applied Physics Letters. Here we try to speculate on the origins of a type of electromechanical indentation size-effect. Although we have decent supporting evidence, I think that our assertions are still on the speculative side and hope that future experiments can shed further light on this.

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Revisiting Quantum Notions of Stress

I plan to submit the attached paper on quantum mechanical definition of stress in the next few weeks. Comments and feedback are welcome. Fair amount of work has been done on stress definition in the context of classical molecular dynamics (also attracting some controversies). In contrast, there appear to be several open issues in the quantum case. Hopefully, the attached paper provides a starting point.

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Book Review

Micromechanics---loosely speaking, is the study of heterogeneities in materials and its consequences for material or continuum behavior. This encompasses studies of inclusions, dislocations, cracks or more generally defects. A related problem is that of "coarse-graining" or in other words the effective homogenized properties of a heterogeneous material. The latter is a recurring theme in all of physical sciences not just solid mechanics. Micromechanics, a formidable subject by all means, dominated a substantial part of the history of solid mechanics. Several of our Timoshenko awardees have been associated with this subject, e.g. Eshelby, Hill, Keller, Irwin, Rice among others.

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Journal Club Theme of March 2009: Mechanics Issues in Nanocapacitors and Ramifications for Energy Storage

Next generation advances in energy storage for nanoelectronics, micro and nanosensors among others, require capacitors fabricated at the nanoscale. High dielectric constant materials such as ferroelectrics are important candidates for those. Consider the following: the expected capacitance of a 2.7 nm SrTiO3 thin film is 1600 fFmicro-m-2. What is the likely value in reality? 258 fFmicrom-2! This dramatic drop in capacitance is attributed to the so-called "dead layer" effect.

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Simple strategies to produce perfect long range order in self-assembly

In a recent rapid communication (see attached paper), using principles of pattern formation, we expose some simple stategies to reliably produce perfect long range order in self-assembling systems. Most self-assembling systems exhibit short ranged order. This imperfection is detrimental to several practical applications. It is almost always possible to produce perfect patterns in small domain sizes but self-assembly over a larger areal span results in defects.

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Review paper by Professor Jerry Ericksen on Cauchy-Born rule; Special issue on scale effects---freely available for a month

Xin-Lin Gao and I had the pleasure of guest-editing a special  issue on "scale effects in mechanics" for the journal, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids (editor: Professor David Steigmann , UC Berkeley).

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How shell-like is a carbon nanotube?

(Carbon) Nanotubes have attracted considerable attention from the mechanics community; probably second to none when it comes to nanotechnologies. Although I personally have done very little in this particular topic, I have enjoyed reading about the many developments made by mechanicians in terms of modeling the behavior of nanotubes and the applicability of standard continuum mechanics notions. A post on this subject on iMechanica, which received a fair amount of attention from many mechanicians involved in this topic, may be found here .

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Open Faculty Position at University of Houston in Nanomechanics, Computational Materials Science

University of Houston
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering
Faculty Position-Nano Mechanics, Nano Materials

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