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NEW.Mech 2014 Draws 140 Participants

Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and MIE Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi, together with Professor Christian Santangelo from the Physics Department and Professor Ryan Hayward from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, hosted NEW.Mech 2014, a one-day workshop in ELab II. The purpose of the event was to bring together academics and professionals in the New England mechanics community with an interest in exploring new directions for the mechanics of materials and structures and share the latest advancements in the field. See event website: NEW.Mech 2014 - University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The event was a great success,” said Modarres-Sadeghi, “attracting 140 registered participants from numerous departments on campus and many other schools across the northeast.”

This was the 5th edition of the NEW.Mech workshop, with previous editions held at Brown, Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern in the past four years. The fact that the workshop was held at UMass made it possible for our graduate students to attend the talks and discuss the current research ideas in mechanics with their peers from other universities in New England.

In addition to many contributing speakers, there were three invited talks by: Krystyn Van Vliet from MIT, lecturing on “Needles in the marrow haystack: mechanical markers of biological cell function”; Al Crosby of UMass Amherst, speaking on “Nanoparticle-polymer mesoscale structures and mechanics”; and Eric Dufresne of Yale, whose talk was called “Less can be more: stiffening solids with fluid inclusions.”

As in other years, there was a poster session, with 30 entries. In addition, there was a “Gallery of Mechanics” to showcase the most visually striking movies and images related to New England research. For this event, movies were solicited that display research in the New England community in any field suitable for NEW.Mech.

As the website noted, “Movies have become an integral part of the arsenal of instruments used to communicate scientific research. An ever-growing number of forums, including conference events and supplementary information sections of scientific publications, are incorporating movies in their dissemination formats. Undoubtedly, movies will be playing a much greater role in the scientific communication, and we bring to the New England mechanics community a glimpse of the future.”

The conditions for the “Gallery of Mechanics” competition were designed to highlight the unique advantages of the movie format without compromising the scientific precision and rigor of the communication. Prizes were presented for the top three images, as determined by a panel of faculty members (Click here for more details). (December 2014)