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Prof. Zhigang Suo and Prof. Frans Spaepen elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Prof. Zhigang Suo and Prof. Frans Spaepen, of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have just been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  They are among 65 new members elected to the NAE in 2008.  Update:  Also elected this year is another mechanician, Robert Dodds, of the University of Illinois.

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Professor Y. C. Fung is the recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of 2007

Professor Y. C. Fung, Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of 2007.

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AAM: Newly Elected Fellows

The American Academy of Mechanics is pleased to announce that
Jacob Fish, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Chaired Professor of Engineering at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, Professor of
Mechanical Science & Engineering at University of Illinois have both been
elected as Fellows of the Academy. They will be presented with certificates

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h-indices of Timoshenko medalists

In preparing cases for faculty appointments, my colleagues in other fields often ask about citations of each candidate and his or her comparees.  Despite obvious resistance, my colleagues give following reasons:

Wing Kam Liu won the 2007 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award

At the 2007 ASME Congress, in Seattle, Professor Wing Kam Liu won the 2007 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award.  Wing Kam was a past chair of the Applied Mechanics Division, and has made seminal contributions in the field of computational mechanics.

What's Your Problem?

Rather than scratching heads when faced with a seemingly impossible contradiction in a job, engineers could do worse than apply the Triz theory.

There has been quite a buzz around Triz, the Russian theory of problem solving, for some time. Since it was fully refined in the mid-1980s its use has been slowly spreading as word gets round, much like the increasing popularity of a political movement.

2007 Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Speech by Thomas J.R. Hughes

Tom Hughes wins the 2007 Timoshenko MedalApplied Mechanics Division Banquet, Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington, November 13th, 2007.

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ASME Applied Mechanics Division: Updated Call for Nominations for 2007 - 2008 Awards

An updated Call for Nominations for the awards administered by the Applied Mechanics Division has been posted on the AMD website. Please nominate worthy candidates to these awards.

 A new award, named the Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award will be awarded for the first time in 2008. In addition, the Applied Mechanics Division Award and the Young Investigator Award have been endowed by the friends of Ted Belytschko and Thomas J.R. Hughes respectively.

Professor Liviu Librescu nominated for Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dr. Liviu Librescu (1930-2007)

The governor of Virginia has asked President Bush to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to  Professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor who died trying to save his students during the mass killings at Virginia Tech.  Read more.

Boundary Element Method For Fracture Mechanic.

Dear Freinds,

I need help to develop a boundary element code for FRACTURE Mechanics applications (for Isotropic & Laminated structures).

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Do I really belong here?

Greetings iMechanicans

I've been struggling with a optics project for almost 3 years. I say struggle because my lack of a formal physics education leaves an accurate hypothesis out of my reach. I understand solid-state physics, as well as electromagnetic wave theory from my 40+ years of experience and research in these fields.

I hope to spark the mind(s) of anyone who could possibly explain an optomagnetic anomaly that results from this simple Superparamagnetic event that I've created.

Should I leave and try to find the answer elsewhere?

The Rodney Hill Prize In Solid Mechanics

founded and sponsored by Elsevier Limited (awarded under the auspices of IUTAM)

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Prof. Jose E. Andrade to be awarded the 2006 Zienkiewicz medal

Professor Jose E. Andrade from Northwestern University is the
recipient of the 2006 Zienkiewicz medal awarded biennially by the
Institution of Civil Engineers from London. The award goes to Andrade
for his contribution entitled ' Capturing strain localization in dense
sands with random density' in IJNME 2006; 67:1531-1564 DOI:
10.1002/nme.1673 (link:

Our sincerest congratulations to Prof. Andrade!

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Dusan Krajcinovic has passed away

Dusan Krajcinovic, retired professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Arizona State University, passed away on August 10, 2007, after a long illness.  Dusan was active in the mechanics community.  In addition to his teaching and research activities, he was a past member and chair of the Applied Mechanics Divison of ASME.  He also served a term on the U. S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He authored the book Damage Mechanics published by North-Holland in 1996.  He will be missed by all those who knew him.

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Naming the SI Unit for Fracture Toughness (KIC)

To: Engineers, Fracture Analysts, Mechanicians, Physicists...

In science and engineering, we have an excellent tradition: naming a physical unit using the name of a prominent personality from the concerned field. For example, in SI system, we measure force in newton, work in joule, power in watt...

But the unit of fracture toughness, i.e. KIC, is too lengthy to pronounce: (mega) pascal-underoot-meter. Further, it has also been in use for something like half a century by now, perhaps more. So, how do you like the idea of giving a name to this unit?

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Achenbach Receives National Medal of Science

Jan D. Achenbach, Walter P. Murphy Professor and McCormick School Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University was presented a 2005 National Medal of Science by President George W. Bush on July 27. Achenbach, who  is well known in the mechanics community, was honored for his seminal contributions to engineering research and education in the area of wave propagation in solids and for pioneering the field of quantitative non-destructive evaluation. Previously, Achenbach received a 2003 National medal of Technology from President Bush.

The Batchelor Prize

Cambridge University Press and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics are delighted to announce the launch of The Batchelor Prize, sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, to be awarded in recognition of outstanding research in fluid mechanics.

How could we use the energy of the high speed air, which is coming out from a pipe to the atmosphere?

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Without increasing the pressure in the outlet of the pipe?

I mean we want to transfer air from point A to point B using a piping system which is equipped with a fan. Now there is energy lost in the outlet because the air exits with velocity in the atmospheric pressure, so the problem is how to use this energy ( high speed air) without increasing the pressure in the outlet of the fan. offcourse if it was water instead of the air, we could get the energy by installing a turbine next to the outlet pipe and still let the water come out in the atmospheric pressure


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