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The American Academy of Mechanics (AAM)

As a member society of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) , the objective of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) is the advancement of the science and profession of mechanics.

The scope of AAM includes all of the disciplines involved in the modeling and study of the response of inanimate and animate matter to forces and environmental effects.

The 2007 Awards of Applied Mechanics Division

The Applied Mechanics Division, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), administers 5 awards.  The 2007 recipients are

Professor T.H. Lin passed away

A message from Woody Ju.  It is with deepest sadness and sorrow that I inform you that Professor T.H. Lin, our kindest role model and gentleman, passed away on June 18, 2007; he was 96 years old. Prof. Lin worked until last Friday.

He is survived by his sons (Prof. Robert Lin of UC Berkeley, Prof. Jim Lin of UCSD) and his daughter (Rita).

Graeme Milton to be awarded the 2007 Prager Medal

Professor Graeme Milton will be awarded the 2007 Prager medal from the Society of Engineering Science for his work on solid mechanics.  The medal will be handed out at the 44th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES2007) to be held between October 21 and 24, 2007 at College Station, Texas.

Tom Hughes wins the 2007 Timoshenko Medal

Tom Hughes is named the 2007 Timoshenko Medalist by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  The Timoshenko Medal is widely considered the most prestigious medal in the international community of mechanics.   Timoshenko was the first recipient of the Medal, in 1957, and the year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary.

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A Global Role of the iMechanica Is Emerging

The report about the iMechanica get-together with the McMat 2007 is definitely exciting, because we have found a community beyond the usual professional conferences we are familiar with.  Besides, we may have more, if not less, common interests and languages through this coordinated and yet diversified group with thousands of members in different places of this world.  It is indeed exciting to meet as friends you make from the Internet, except it is professionally:-)

Subra Suresh is named the next Dean of Engineering at MIT

Subra Suresh , the Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is named the next dean of the School of Engineering, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Read more

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Biot Medal to Dr. James R. Rice

Biot Medal The 2007 Maurice A. Biot Medal for Poromechanics has been awarded during the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference held at Virginia Tech last Tuesday.

The 2007 Biot Medal winner is Dr. James R. Rice of Harvard University.

If you are interested in further information, such as citation of Dr. Rice's work, and photos, you can check this page:

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Nobelist Pierre-Gilles De Gennes Dies At 74



Physicist worked in areas of liquid crystals, physical chemistry of adhesives
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Lekhnitskii's biography

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Hi everyone,

I started last year my PhD in mechanical engineering in the University of Seville (Spain). After attending a lecture on Stroh and Lekhnitskii formalism I wanted to know more about this two mechanicians. It was easy to find a brief Stroh's biography in Ting's Anisotropic Elasticity, but I was unable to find anything about Lekhnitskii. My lecturer had also tried to find out something about him, asking even to russian engineers in international conferences, but not even his fellow  countrymen knew anything.  This lack of records increase even more my curiosity.

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Timoshenko: Father of Engineering Mechanics

The legend of Timoshenko has few parallels in the annals of publishing technical books. For reading and understanding engineering mechanics the books of Timoshenko permeate a Shakespearean aura of authenticity and authority somewhat like Chandrasekhar's books on astrophysics. Timoshenko's books have been printed, sold, translated and reprinted in millions across the world ever since 1908 with the publication of his first book on strength of materials in Russian.

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Ludwig Prandtl, A great mechanician!

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Ludwig Prandtl's contributions to fluid mechanics include his development of lifting line theory (to describe the lift and drag of wings of finite span), his work in turbulence, and his experimental and theoretical studies of gasdynamics. Prandtl was trained as a solid mechanist and continued to contribute to solid mechanics throughout most of his career. However, his discovery of the boundary layer is regarded as one of the most important breakthroughs in fluid mechanics of all time and has earned Prandtl the title of Father of Modern Fluid Mechanics.

Ludwig Prandtl, A great mechanician!

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Ludwig Prandtl's contributions to fluid mechanics include his development of lifting line theory (to describe the lift and drag of wings of finite span), his work in turbulence, and his experimental and theoretical studies of gasdynamics. Prandtl was trained as a solid mechanist and continued to contribute to solid mechanics throughout most of his career. However, his discovery of the boundary layer is regarded as one of the most important breakthroughs in fluid mechanics of all time and has earned Prandtl the title of Father of Modern Fluid Mechanics.

George Francis Carrier (1918-2002)

George Carrier died on 8 March 2002, at age 83.

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John Lyell Sanders Jr. (1924-1998)

John Lyell Sanders, Jr., served on the Harvard faculty for a total of thirty seven years and as Gordon McKay Professor of Structural Mechanics for over thirty years from 1964 until his retirement in 1995.  Read the full text of this recently published memorial minute.  

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In Memoriam: Erastus H. Lee

Erastus H. LeeErastus H. Lee, professor emeritus and a prominent researcher, with fundamental contributions to plasticity, viscoelasticity and wave propagation, died at the age of 90 on May 17, 2006, in Lee, New Hampshire.

Alfonso Diaz-Jimenez

Member American Academy of Mechanics

Visitor, M.I.T.-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Cambridge University, Caltech, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech

Cited in widely recommended (as main reference) textbooks on Physics, Statics, Dynamics, Engineering Vibration

 

 

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Invitation to join the Finite Element Analysis Google Group.

Many information about finite element analyses is added by users.

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David Turnbull died on 28 April 2007

David Turnbull died peacefully at home last Saturday, April 28th, at age 92.

He was for many years Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University. His seminal work included theoretical and experimental studies of nucleation of crystals, the glass transition and the amorphous state, crystal growth, and atomic diffusion.

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In Memory of Professor Liviu Librescu

I had known Liviu since his early days in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech when I was just beginning my own academic career. I had received my PhD from this department in 1981 in an area (composite materials) that at the time was at the cutting edge of high technology. In 1985 I had come back to VA Tech from the industry to continue working in this exciting area in which the ESM Department excelled world-wide. Liviu had arrived shortly thereafter with an already established reputation as a top-notch scientist.

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Dr. Kevin Granata

Kevin P. Granata, 45, of Blacksburg, beloved husband and father, loving son and brother, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007. Kevin was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He began his bachelor's studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and then transferred to Ohio State University where he received degrees in electrical engineering and physics. He later earned a Master's degree in physics from Purdue University and was employed by the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland where he did classified research. He returned to Ohio State University and completed his Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering, continuing his research until he transferred to the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Virginia, where he was the director the Gait Lab In 2002, Kevin came to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. to continue his teaching and research interests. He had numerous publications and research grants and lectured both nationally and internationally. Kevin's greatest passion and pride was his family, especially his wife and children. He was also an athlete. He rowed crew at Purdue, participated in biathlons and triathlons and was an avid runner and cyclist. He loved coaching his sons' Lacrosse teams, reading and doing construction around his home and was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Kevin believed in being a well-rounded person and he successfully used his talents to the utmost, academically, physically and spiritually. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by wife, Linda (nee Ankenman); sons, Alex and Eric; and daughter, Ellen; parents, Mildred and Joseph Granata (Toledo); brother, Paul; sisters, Eileen and Anne; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. A public memorial service will be held at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2007. A private funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Kevin P. Granata Memorial Trust, 1872 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, Va, 24068. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, Blacksburg, Va.

Dr. Liviu Librescu (1930-2007)

Professor Dr. Liviu Librescu was murdered while teaching a solid mechanics course at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

The great works he left behind are, including, but not limited to, the following books (which are the ones in English):

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Virginia Tech Tragedy

With a great many ties to VT, I have been following the tragic shootings there closely. While my former student (Nakhiah Goulbourne) and my former department head (Dick Benson) are both safe, I am afraid we may have lost one of our own this morning. From an AP report, a student stated that the instructor teaching a 9:05am mechanics class in 204 Norris Hall was killed. According to the timetable of classes at VT, this instructor would have been Liviu Librescu. I certainly hope the AP's report is wrong. As someone very interested in shell theories, I have spoken with Prof. Librescu many times and followed his work. His loss would be a great loss to our community.

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