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Grand Challenges For Engineering

The US National Academy of Engineering has published a list of Grand Challenges for Engineering. Ths US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is interested in developing a discussion on the implications of these Grand Challenges to the Mechanics community.

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2014 US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

The US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is seeking proposals from US institutions interested in hosting the 2014 US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. If you are interested, please contact K. Ravi-Chandar: for more information. 

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Interquadrennial Conference of the International Congress of Fracture, Bangalore, India, August 3-7 2008

We are now accepting abstracts. Please visit to get the template for abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2008.

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Travel Awards for 2007 ASME Congress

The Robert M. and Mary Haythornthwaite Foundation is offering $1,000 travel grants for U.S. graduate students currently enrolled at any U.S. universities or colleges presenting a paper in any field of applied mechanics at the 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE) in Seattle, Washington, November 11 – 15, 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.

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

The AMD Executive Committee is now seeking nominations for the following awards: the Timoshenko Medal, the Koiter Medal, the Drucker Medal, the AMD Award and the Young Investigator Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2007. Please see the AMD website for details.

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Movie of an expanding ring experiment

I have posted a movie showing a ring expansion experiment. A thin aluminum ring is made to expand through electromagnetic interaction at strain rates of about 10^4 per second. As the strain increases, numerous necks and fragments appear.

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A blog for the International Journal of Fracture

I am pleased to announce that a new blolg associated with the International Journal of Fracture has been created by Springer. This is an ambitious project that aims to augment the published version of the papers and to create a dialogue between authors and readers. All articles beginning with the Dec 2004 issue now have a blog entry; ealier volumes will be added as digital processing of information continues. Discussion is not restricted to papers published in the journal, but should relate to the fracture/failure/structural integrity theme/micromechanics. Please see my post of Oct 25, 2006 for a detailed description of the obectives of the blog. I welcome your particpation in this experiment to enhance archival publication.

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McMat 2007 Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference

The McMat 2007 conference, organized by the University of Texas on behalf of the Applied Mechanics and the Materials Divisions of the ASME, will be held in Austin, June 3-7, 2007.

We are now accepting proposals for symposia and abstracts of papers.


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