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The EMI Board Welcomes New Members

Friday, July 17, 2020

The EMI Nominating Committee met to review the nominations received from the EMI membership and, following article 7.4.3 of the EMI bylaws, established the slate of candidates for two open positions on the EMI Board of Governors to serve from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2023.  The election ran from June 10 to July 10, with Professor Michele Barbato and Professor Arif Masud elected by the EMI membership.

Congratulations Michele and Arif!

Professor Michele Barbato, Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, M.ASCE
Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
The University of California, Davis

M Barbato
My vision as a potential member of the EMI Board of Governors (BoG) is to contribute in an active manner to serving the needs of the worldwide engineering community with respect to research, application, and education in a broad sense. I plan to support with particular emphasis the professional growth of our new generation of engineers and other professionals involved in both established and emerging areas of Engineering Mechanics. I fully embrace the vision to promote "an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practicing engineers, industry representatives, citizen groups, public officials and others" and I will work with the other BoG officers to increase the interaction between academia and industry within the EMI and its activities. I believe that a stronger interaction between the Engineering Mechanics research and industry communities would be highly beneficial to advance the EMI's mission, thus I plan to work hard to facilitate new effective collaborations between these two communities.

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Professor Arif Masud, PH.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE
Faculty Grainger College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Arif Masud
EMI provides a unique platform for fundamental developments in engineering mechanics, mathematical physics, and experimental science at the forefront of new knowledge and research opportunities. The role of modern engineering mechanics transcends the traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines to the Physical and Life Sciences communities.  In the past, I have been an active member of EMI and have served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics (2004-18), Chair of the Computational Mechanics Committee of ASCE (2006-08), a member of the Nomination Committee for the EMI Board of Governors (2011-2014), and a member of the Awards Committee of EMI (2016-2018).  It would be a privilege to be on the EMI Board of Governors and serve in a leading capacity for one of the most successful professional organizations in the fields of mechanics, engineering, and computational science.

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