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The Society of Engineering Science Establishes the James R. Rice Medal

On behalf of the 2015 Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science (SES), I am pleased to announce the establishment of a new SES award: The James R. Rice Medal. The creation of the new award is motivated by the recognition that while several societies, including the SES, have young-investigator awards as well as others that primarily (although not exclusively) target senior scientists, there are relatively few that are suitable for those who are in the typical mid-career age of 40-55. The award, named after Professor James R.

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Professor Christensen has published an interesting article in JAM

Professor Richard Christensen, Stanford University, has published an interesting article "Evaluation of Ductile/Brittle Failure Theory and Derivation of the Ductile/Brittle Transition Temperature" in the February, 2016, issue of Journal of Applied Mechanics.  This paper provides a very unique  approach to ductile/brittle transition.  The pdf file of the paper is attached.


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Yong Zhu is the new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club

Yong Zhu, of North Carolina State University, will become the new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club starting from Jan. 1, 2016. His research addresses basic and applied problems at the intersection of solid mechanics and micro/nano-technology, which has been recognized by a list of awards, including the 2015 ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award.

A disseration style worth emulating ?


... We do not assume any of those words make any kind of sense, though we do make certain assumptions about how much time the reader has on her hands and what kind of sense of humor she has.

I urge you to read the rest of the dissertation.

PhD Studentship in the invention of new lattice materials

A fully funded PhD studentship is available, the aim of the project is to design, manufacture and test a range of lattices on the micron to millimetre scale. There is scope for predicting the mechanical response such as strength, toughness and fatigue resistance of two inter-penetrating lattices with application to automotive crash resistance, for example.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a 1st class degree (and preferably a Masters degree) from an Engineering or Materials background.

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Call for Abstract Submission to 12th WCCM: Nanomaterials in Biological Systems

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit your one-page abstract to our Mini-Symposium (MS613) "Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling of Nanomaterials in Biological Systems" for

12th World Congress on Computational Mechanics – WCCM 2016

Date & Location:

Seoul, Korea, 24 – 29 July 2016

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A novel self-locked energy absorbing system  Metallic thin-walled round tubes are widely used as energy absorption elements.  However, lateral splash of the round tubes under impact loadings reduces the energy absorption efficiency and may cause secondary damages.  Therefore, it is necessary to assemble and fasten round tubes together by boundary constraints and/or fasteners between tubes, which increases the time and labor cost and affects the mechanical performance

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Deadline extended to Dec. 30, 2015 -- WCCM 2016 -- Modeling Materials with Coupled Physics

Dear Colleagues,

12th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XII) and 6th Asia-Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM VI) will be held will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, during 24 – 29 July, 2016. As part of this meeting, we are organizing a mini-symposium to address recent advances in modeling materials with coupled physics. Topics of particular interest include (but not limited to)

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ME/ISE faculty opening at the University of Washington

The Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington invites outstanding faculty candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty positions (9-month service periods) with the possibility of joint appointments in the two departments. We are primarily focused on hires at the rank of Assistant Professor although individuals with exceptional experience may be considered for higher ranks.

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ME Faculty Position at University of California Merced

The School of Engineering at the University of California Merced invites applications for a tenure or tenure-track faculty position at all levels in the general area of Mechanical Engineering. Candidates with proven expertise in Engineering Systems for Agriculture in relation to energy, water, and agricultural automation are invited to apply.

Minisymposium on Computational Cell Mechanobiology at WCCM 2016, Seoul, Korea

Dear Colleagues,

We are cordially inviting you to submit an one-page abstract to the Mini-Symposium

Computational Cell Mechanobiology

The 7th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2016)

The 7th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2016)August 1, 2016 – August 4, 2016


The ICCM is an international conference providing an international forum for exchanging ideas on recent advances in areas related to computational methods, numerical modelling & simulation, as well as their applications in engineering and science. It will accommodate presentations on a wide range of topics to facilitate inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas in science, engineering and related disciplines, and foster various types of academic collaborations.

Journal Club Theme of December 2015: Mechanics of Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes

Mechanics of Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes – Insights from Multi-Scale Simulations

Huck Beng Chew, Haoran Wang

Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Job position in numerical biomechanics

DECATHLON is a French company which designs and sells sports goods. With about 900 shops all around the world, DECATHLON has more than 60000 employees, all passionate about sports, and generates a 7 billion euros turnover.


Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing

On October 7-9, 2015, the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) held a Workshop on Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing in Washington, DC.  The three-day workshop featured 24 presentations from speakers in academia, industry, and government labs.

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Postdoc Researcher damage modeling of composite and layered structures

The Institute of Structural Analysis at Leibniz Universität Hannover invites applications for a Scientific coworker / Postdoc Researcher (Salary scale E14 TV-L) (Reference number 65)

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Multiple faculty openings in Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for several tenure-line faculty positions beginning fall 2016. We are particularly interested in candidates with mechanical engineering disciplinary expertise and demonstrated strong research experience including, but not limited to: bioengineering, micro/nanoengineering, air quality/environment, mechanics and materials, thermo/fluids, energy science/engineering, design and manufacturing, and control and robotics.

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Chemical reaction

Attached are the slides for a course on engineering thermodynamics.  Before coming to class, please watch these two videos on fuel cells:  

Faculty Position in Mechanical Engineering


The Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) ( invites qualified applicants to apply for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor) in the Mechanical Engineering Program.

R&D Mechanical Engineer - Computational Mechanics and Constitutive Modeling (Senior or Principal)

About Sandia    

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

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Computational analysis of metallic nanowire-elastomer nanocomposite based strain sensors

Possessing a strong piezoresistivity, nanocomposites of metal nanowires and elastomer have been studied extensively for its use in highly flexible, stretchable, and sensitive sensors. In this work, we analyze the working mechanism and performance of a nanocomposite based stretchable strain sensor by calculating the conductivity of the nanowire percolation network as a function of strain. We reveal that the nonlinear piezoresistivity is attributed to the topological change of percolation network, which leads to a bottleneck in the electric path.

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Post Doctoral Researcher in Microstructural Modelling of Materials

A post doctoral position is available at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The object of the research, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is to obtain an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of ferritic and martensitic steels at the micron and sub-micron scale and to link this behaviour to component behaviour. The work will involve computational and experimental studies of material behaviour using a range of numerical and experimental techniques.

UC Santa Barbara Mechanical Engineering Part-Time Temporary Lecturers

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks applications for possible part-time Temporary Lecturer positions in all areas of Mechanical Engineering. Main duties may include teaching required lower or upper division ME courses, as well as upper division electives. The ideal candidate should be interested and experienced in teaching in different educational settings - from project-oriented, inquiry-based classes, to larger, more traditional, lecture-oriented classes. An M.S.


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