The Society of Engineering Science is now accepting Abstracts for the 56th Annual Meeting, to be held on October 13-15, 2019, on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Conference Highlights

Tracks & Symposia

Track 1: Medals Symposia

Track 2: Paul C. Paris Symposium

Track 3: Engineering in Life Sciences

Track 4: Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena

  • 4.1 Biological and bio-inspired fluid mechanics
    Chairs: H. Fu, University of Utah; A. Ardekani, Purdue University; H. Masoud, Michigan Technological University
  • 4.2 Flow and transport in porous media
    Chairs: J. Fan, City College of New York; D. Wen, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • 4.3 Theory and Applications (Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena)
    Chairs: G.Genin, Washington University in St. Louis; S. Keten, Northwestern University; S. Lake, Washington University in St. Louis

Track 5: Frontiers in Engineering Science

Track 6: Granular Materials and Geomechanics

  • 6.1 Multiscale and multiphysics computations in geomechanics
    Chairs: K. Bennett, Los Alamos National Laboratory; H. Viswanathan, Los Alamos National Laboratory; J. Morris, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; E. Rougier, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 6.2 Multi-scale mechanics of granular media
    Chairs: D. Henann, Brown University; A. Misra, University of Kansas; K. Kamrin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; R. Parthasarathy, Tennessee State University; P. Poorsolhjouy, Purdue University and Graz University of Technology
  • 6.3 Theory and Applications (Granular Materials and Geomechanics)
    Chairs: G.Genin, Washington University in St. Louis; S. Keten, Northwestern University; S. Lake, Washington University in St. Louis

Track 7: Mechanics and Physics of Materials

  • 7.1 Self-healing structural materials
    Chair: N. Rahbar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 7.2 Functional soft composites – Design, mechanics, and manufacturing
    Chairs: R. Zhao, The Ohio State University; T. Zhang, Syracuse University; N. Bouklas, Cornell University; L. Wang, Stony Brook University; A. Sutradhar, The Ohio State University
  • 7.3 Mechanics and physics of soft materials
    Chairs: S. Rudykh, University of Wisconsin-Madison; S. Cai, University of California, San Diego; N. Cohen, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; S. Chester, New Jersey Institute of Technology; M. Silberstein, Cornell University
    Other Co-Organizers: S.H. Kang, John Hopkins University; Q. Wang, University of Southern California; Y. Hu, Georgia Institute of Technology; O. Lopez-Pamies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; X. Zhao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; L. Jin, University of California Los Angeles; C. Linder, Stanford University; M. Koslowski, Purdue University; J. El-Awady, Johns Hopkins University; R.M. McMeeking, University of California Santa Barbara

Track 8: Nanomechanics

Track 9: Structural Mechanics, Metamaterials and Manufacturing

2nd Annual Mechanobiology Symposium and Pre-Conference

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Symposia Submission

We have welcomed proposals for individual sessions and for multi-session symposia. Each session can have five 20-minute talks, or one 40-minute keynote and three additional 20-minute talks.

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Professor Paul C. Paris

Paul C. Paris, longtime professor of mechanical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, died Jan. 15, 2017, of natural causes at age 86. He was known for many things, but one of the most remarkable is the equation he developed relating repeated mechanical loads to crack growth.

Known as Paris’ law, the equation predicts how fast a structural crack will grow in response to repeated cycles of stress, thus providing a reliable, theory-driven estimate of a machine part’s life.

His paper on the equation was published in 1961, but only after it was first rejected by three of the leading journals in the fracture mechanics field. Paris’ law now is routinely used to design parts that vibrate, such as in commercial and military aircraft and ground vehicles.

His work created the basis for new analytical methods to address fatigue crack problems, which are still widely used to assess safety problems in an array of devices and structures where cracks pose a significant safety or economic concern.

His insights on fracture mechanics continue to set the standard in engineering education worldwide.