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Message from the EMI President

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen,  Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE
William Prager Professor, Department of Structural Engineering
Director, Center for Extreme Events Research 
University of California, San Diego

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It is my honor to have the opportunity to serve as the President of EMI. On behalf of EMI members, I would like to thank our Past President, Roberto Ballarini, for his strong leadership in bringing EMI to this new height.  EMI has evolved in size and stature and is now the leading organization in Engineering Mechanics in the United States. We must continue to explore new and emerging research areas, extend our endeavors in Engineering Mechanics to university, national laboratories, industry, and government agencies, and interact with new disciplines. In the last 8 years EMI has formed 15 Technical Committees to promote new and emerging disciplines.

As the incoming EMI President, I will work closely with the EMI Board of Governors and the EMI Technical Committees to develop joint conferences and workshops with other societies and promote multidisciplinary Engineering Mechanics, for example, with the physical sciences and life sciences fields. We will develop mechanisms to reach out to industrial participation in conference attendance and presentation, and through the online education programs (webinars, etc.), foster theoretical, computational, and experimental mechanics.

Student participation is particularly important to the future growth of EMI. We have to further expand student membership and student sections at universities, to participate actively in the development of education programs promoting Engineering Mechanics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels beyond traditional disciplines, to enhance the EMI website functionality and increase the visibility of the society, to demonstrate the excellence of Engineering Mechanics, and to promote dialog and expand communication between our members and the broad communities. I look forward to working with all of you.