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Zhigang Suo honored with Humboldt Research Award

Zhigang Suo , Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), founder and architect of iMechanica , has been honored with a Humboldt Research Award .

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Professor Huajian Gao will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress

Professor Huajian Gao, Brown University, will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Orlando, Florida.  His lecture “Nanomechanics of biological systems - What can we learn from nature about hierarchical materials?” will be in room Euro 10, on the 3rd floor at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel (conference hotel), at 10am, November 16, Monday.

Tony Evans passed away

evans Tony Evans passed away on Wednesday after a long and valiant fight against cancer.  He was Alcoa Professor of Materials, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Haythornthwaite Grants for Students to Attend ASME IMECE 2009

With a generous gift from the Haythornthwaite Foundation, the ASME Applied Mechanics Division will award grants to students presenting their own work at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2009).  The grant will reimburse travel expenses and registration fees, up to $1,000 per student, for up to 10 students.

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Mechanics Genealogy

Leonhard Euler has 5 students and 56,850 academic descendents.  They are all listed by the Mathematics Genealogy Project.  Euler himself was a student of Johann Bernoulli, and produced a student named Joseph Louis Lagrange, who in turn produced Fourier and Poisson.  No wonder Euler has so many descendents by now. 

For some time I have been thinking how we can organize a project to trace the genealogy of all mechanicians.  It will be fun.  It may even teach us some history of mechanics. 

2009 ASME Applied Mechanics Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Awards:

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ASME Applied Mechanics Division Seeks Nominations for Awards

You can download a pdf file of this announcement.

The Applied Mechanics Division, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, seeks nominations for the awards listed below. All the awards are international.  Neither the nominee nor the nominator need be a member of the ASME.  Further descriptions of the awards are given at

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V. V. Novozhilov

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Does anyone know anything about the life of V. V. Novozhilov, author of "Foundations of Nonlinear Theory of Elasticity"? Is he still living? Did he ever leave Leningrad?

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Journal of Mechanics and MEMS   (JMM)

ISSN : 0974-8407




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Prof. Ares Rosakis has been elected to a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009

Solid mechanician and Caltech Faculty Member Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Caltech professor Ares Rosakis, is among the 210 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. They join an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues.

Tom Hughes elected to National Academy of Sciences

Tom Hughes's picture Congratulations to Tom Hughes for the election to the US National Academy of Sciences.  See the full list of the new members.

Howard Stone elected to the National Academy of Engineering

has's pictureHoward A. Stone, of Harvard University, is elected to the National Academy of Engineering, for the development of fundamental concepts and novel applications in microfluidics and for improving the understanding of small-scale, viscous-flow phenomena.  Here is the full list of members elected in 2009.

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Zienkiewicz passed away...

Name            Olgierd Zienkiewicz
Nationality     British
Birth date      18 May 1921
Birth place     Caterham, UK
Date of death   2 January 2009
Place of death  Swansea, UK

Biography of James R. Rice

Published on pages xv to xxvi of Multiscale Deformation and Fracture in Materials and Structures: The James R. Rice 60th Anniversary Volume, edited by Tze-jer Chuang and John W. Rudnicki, Solid Mechanics and Its Applications, Volume 84, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2001.  This text is also available for download as a PDF file or a WORD file.  

Nowinski Lecture

Professor Yonggang Huang from Northwestern University presented this
year's Nowinski Lecture at the University of Delaware on 12/5/2008,

Two materials scientists join the faculty of Harvard University

Evelyn L. Hu, a pioneer in the fabrication of nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, has been named Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering in Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), effective Jan. 1, 2009.  Read more

2008 Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Speech by Sia Nemat-Nasser

Sia Nemat-Nasser

Delivered at the Annual Dinner of the Applied Mechanics Division, in the Back Bay Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel, Boston, in the evening of 4 November 2008, the Election Day of the United States of America 

You are cordially invited to attend a reception in honor of Professor John W. Hutchinson

John W. HutchinsonYou are cordially invited to attend a reception in honor of Professor John W. Hutchinson during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.  Download a printable version of this invitation.

Monday, 3 November 2008, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm


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