May 29 – June 1, 2018
Dear Friends and Colleagues
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, site of the Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2018 (EMI 2018) co-organized by M.I.T., C.N.R.S and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The 2018 EMI conference stays true to its long-standing tradition as the prime venue worldwide for disseminating the most recent progress in Engineering Mechanics as the core discipline of science-enabled Civil Engineering understood in the broadest sense.
We are grateful to the international scientific committee for their hard and timely peer review that led to selecting more than 900 presentations (organized in 150 technical sessions) out of more than 1,200 submitted abstracts and 100 proposed minisymposia. We are grateful to the leadership of EMI of the American Society of Civil Engineers for their guidance in organizing EMI 2018. And we are most grateful to you, the delegates, students, researchers and faculties, for engaging in defining and shaping presence and future of Engineering Mechanics through your intellectual contributions, presentations, posters, and so on.
The great interest in and dedication to this yearly EMI conference is a hallmark of a healthy community which we celebrate. But in a time when borders close, and barriers, both intellectually and physically, are put in place that challenge the very essence of science and engineering, our community is challenged, too. Therefore, while celebrating our community, we will also pause, reflect and look inward on how to shape our future. We are extremely fortunate for the support of the National Science Foundation to organize, on Thursday May 31, 2018, a NSF Breakfast Panel Discussion on fostering diversity of our engineering mechanics research community.
For what makes Engineering Mechanics great is the art of problem solving with purpose, with which we strive to translate science principles into tangible engineering solutions for the benefit of our profession and our societies worldwide.
Thank you for being a part of our community.
Welcome and Enjoy,
Arghavan Louhghalam, UMass Dartmouth
Roland Pellenq, C.N.R.S. – M.I.T.
Mazdak Tootkaboni, UMass Dartmouth
Franz-Josef Ulm, M.I.T.