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February 2009 Volume 34, Number 2

2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials
June 24–27, 2009, Blacksburg, Virginia

Sponsors: ASCE, ASME, and the Society of Engineering Science.

Paper Topics: Advanced materials; biodynamics; biomaterials; biomechanics; dynamics; dynamic systems; fluid mechanics; materials engineering; materials science; mechanics of materials; nanomaterials; nanomechanics; solid mechanics; and interdisciplinary topics.

Deadline: March 15, 2009, for abstracts, which are not to exceed 3,000 characters and are to be submitted to
Contact: The conference Web site is

Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures
December 9–11, 2009, San Francisco

Sponsors: Applied Technology Council, ASCE, and ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute.

Paper Topics: Case studies in seismic evaluation and rehabilitation (including evaluation and analysis methods, criteria, problems, construction and project costs, and performance during severe ground shaking); innovative uses of seismic protection systems; analysis methods for seismic evaluation and rehabilitation; new developments in seismic evaluation and rehabilitation; implementation issues and improvements to existing ASCE standards; and engineering contributions to the social and economic aspects of seismic evaluation and rehabilitation.

Deadline: February 27, 2009, for abstracts, which are to be submitted electronically according to the instructions given at

Contact: The conference Web site is Questions regarding submissions may also be directed to Debbie Smith, the Structural Engineering Institute’s program manager, via e-mail at or via phone at (703) 295-6095.

Leadership and Management in Engineering: Special Issue on Leadership for Nation Building through Engineering and Construction

Paper Topics: Building better government through engineering leadership; engineering leadership for nation building; industrial development in developing countries; infrastructure to increase the gross domestic product; 5-year and 10-year plans for national growth; influence of engineering on business and economic growth; regional and national development; application and implementation of technology policies; finance and politics in megaprojects and national planning; contracting for megaprojects; financial emergencies; economics of engineering on a national scale; management problems with megaprojects; life-cycle costs for national electricity and water consumption; estimates of water supply, housing, and electricity; engineering for the future; leadership models for underdeveloped countries; international collaboration in technology; implementation issues of national building codes; motivating engineers to assume leadership positions; ethical aspects of engineering for nation building; educational efforts of the type conducted by Engineers Without Borders–USA; and nation building at home.

Deadline: March 15, 2009, for papers not exceeding 10,000 words. To submit a paper, follow the instructions at

Contact: Queries may be directed to the associate editor, Amarjit Singh, Ph.D., by telephone at (808) 956-3933, by fax at (808) 956-5014, or by e-mail at The mailing address is Amarjit Singh, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Honolulu, HI 96822.