November 29, 2007

Dr. George Voyiadjis, Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will host the Inaugural Conference of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) on June 17-20, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AAM meeting will help the mechanics communities with applications in solids, fluids, bio, etc. to interact and set new challenging concepts and refinements in the existing areas of Mechanics.  Following this inaugural conference, the event will be hosted every four years to coincide with the International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Conference (ICTAM).

Conference topics include addressing mechanics of fluids, solids, biomechanics, macro-, micro- and nano-mechanics, etc. This addresses both Characterization and Assessment of Systems and will cover a broad spectrum of topics in solid and structural mechanics, materials, and fluid mechanics.

For more information, visit the website at http://firstaam2008.lsu.edu. Dr. Voyiadjis is looking forward to the exciting exchange of information through the congress of all major mechanics communities.

Anticipated attendance is expected to be between 300-500, and the event will consist of three conference days with one additional day for society committee meetings, etc. The AAM society will collect dues from this event.

Six top scholars have been invited to present plenary lectures:

  • Gang Bao, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics: New Opportunities and Challenges."
  • Tayfun Tezduyar, James F. Barbour Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, "Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling in Arterial Fluid Mechanics."
  • Ted Belytschko, Walter P. Murphy Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, "Loss of Ellipticity and Hyperbolicity in Spanning the Scales."
  • Jan Achenbach, Walter P. Murphy and Distinguished McCormick School Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, "Structural Health Monitoring--Doctor's Orders."
  • Michael Ortiz, California Institute of Technology
  • John R. Willis, Center for Mathematical Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University

Some of these speakers are either or both NAE or NAS members.

Article by Dr. George Voyiadjis, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, (225) 578-8668, voyiadjis@eng.lsu.edu 

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