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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: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/112519037/PDFSTART)

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?

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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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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.

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