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About EMI

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EMI is a new Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated to serving the engineering community through the development and application of engineering mechanics. EMI has eighteen technical committees addressing a variety of advanced engineering mechanics topics. EMI is responsible for the highly regarded Journal of Engineering Mechanics and the new Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics.   EMI's Inaugural International Conference, EM’08, was held on May 18-21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. EMI administers an awards program that includes seven prestigious medals recognizing outstanding contributions and achievements. ASCE members may select EMI as their Institute. It is also possible to join EMI as an EMI-only member.

A Brief History

Created on October 1, 2007, the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) replaces the former ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division. 

The Engineering Mechanics Division (EMD) of the Technical Activities Committee (TAC) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) had a long and prosperous history within the ASCE.  The EMD was founded in 1950, with its precursor being the Applied Mechanics Committee of the Structural Engineering Division. 

Currently, the EMI has 18 active Technical Committees. The Editor and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics are responsible for one of the most cited and highly subscribed journals in mechanics. In 2011, EMI launched the new Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics.


The mission of the Institute is to serve the engineering community through the development and application of engineering mechanics by anticipating and adapting to new challenges that will face tomorrow's engineers and by creating an environment that facilitates professional growth to ensure that these future challenges will be met. The Institute seeks to establish a presence at the forefront of new thrusts of mechanics by promoting the most innovative developments in the field, regardless of the discipline of the ultimate user.  The Institute also seeks to provide a home not only for those involved in the traditional disciplines, but also for those involved with emerging areas of mechanics.  Additionally, the Institute seeks to promote the interdependence of engineering mechanics and other disciplines by providing an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practicing engineers, industry representatives, citizen groups, public officials and others.

About our logo

The EMI logo is a shield, a shape often used by ASCE that refers to the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public. The integral sign inside the shield refers to the mathematical symbols used in many engineering mechanics publications.  The lower bound of the integral, 1687, is the date of the first publication of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia (Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, or "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), which formed the foundation of classical mechanics and is considered as one of the most important works in the history of science.