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2017 EMI International Conference Brazil

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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From left to right: Dean Alex Cheng (University of Mississippi), a former President of EMI, presents an award to Prof. Ney Dumont in appreciation of his service as Chair of the 2017 International Conference.

EMI held its 3rd International Conference, the 2017 EMI International Conference, at the J.W. Marriott Copacabana Hotel on March 19-22 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).  A one-day pre-conference short course on "Nonlinear Dynamics and Instability of Structures" was given by Prof. Paolo B. Gonçalves (PUC-Rio) and Prof. Frederico M. Alves da Silva (Federal University of Goiás).  The attendees were primarily Ph.D. students from Brazil and other South American countries. 

The conference went well.  The six plenary lectures were outstanding.  Prof. Ellen Kuhl (Stanford University) and Prof. Patrick Selvadurai (McGill University) focused on the mechanics of soft material in the brain.   Dr. Robert Lang discussed the modern science of origami. Prof. Gregory Deierlein (Stanford University) examined how simulation of ductile fracture has applications in seismic design. 

Prof. Reginald DesRoches (Georgia Institute of Technology) discussed a multiscale analytical and experimental approach to shape memory alloys.  Prof. Emilio Silva, (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil), explained how topology optimization of laminar flow can enhance the efficiency of flow machines.  The presentations in the technical sessions were excellent. Although attendance was substantially lower than expected, the main objective of the event - presenting EMI and what it can offer to new members in South America-has been mostly reached.  Many thanks to Prof. Ney Dumont (PUC-Rio), Conference Chair, and the other members of the Conference Steering Committee, Prof. Ivan Menezes (PUC-Rio), Prof. Euclides Mesquita Neto (UniCamp) and Prof. Glaucio Paulino (Georgia Tech) for planning and organizing a successful event!