Tracks & Symposia


  • Nadine Aubry, Northeastern University
  • Yonggang Huang, Northwestern University
  • Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Harvard University



I. Fracture, Damage, and Defect Mechanics

Track Organizers:

  • Hanchen Huang, Northeastern University
  • Yongfeng Zhang, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Assel Aitkaliyeva, University of Florida
  • Eliot Fang, Sandia National Lab

Track Description:

Radiation by high-energy particles such as neutrons and ions introduces defects that influence and are influenced by mechanical deformations. For example, radiation produced defects can form dislocation loops which can glide, climb, and block other dislocations. This track aims to promote interactions between researchers from the community of radiation damage and that of mechanics such as fracture and fatigue. Potential topics of symposia include theory, computer simulation, and experiment; with emphasis on the bridging of radiation damage and mechanical deformation.

Track I – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Steven Cranford, Northeastern University
  • Harold Park, Boston University

Track Description:

In this symposium we are interested in recent research regarding computational modelling related to problems of interest to the mechanics community, particularly methods that extend the frontiers of computational mechanics at the conceptual and applied levels. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts in the following (or related) topics:

  • Multi-physics coupling
  • Homogenization and concurrent multi-scale methods
  • High-throughput in silico screening
  • Electro- and magneto-mechanics
  • Stochastic and probabilistic methods
  • Diffusion and mass transport
  • Adaptive, or self-learning modelling approaches
  • Computational modelling of extreme environments

Track II – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Sinan Muftu, Northeastern University
  • Andrew Gouldstone, Northeastern University
  • Jae Hwang Lee, UMass Amherst

Track Description:

Impact and high strain rate (HSR) deformation of the involved materials are inextricably related. Research into the mechanics of impact has a rich history, especially related to projectile impacts in conventional areas of security and protection, and in the less conventional but important areas related to space debris impact with satellites, and ice/dust collisions with aircraft and windmills, among others. In manufacturing areas, processes such as explosive welding, sand blasting, and shot peening have been used to join materials and alter material properties in a controlled manner. Emerging technologies such as cold spray processing make use of high-velocity particle impacts with a variety of materials, for near net-shape manufacturing and material reclaim. The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for the researchers involved in all aspects of impact and the related material behavior. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Additive manufacturing and material build-up methods
  • High-rate dynamic material processing and joining methods
  • Experimental and theoretical developments in constitutive behavior of HSR material deformation
  • HSR dynamic characteristics of polymers, metals, ceramics, and biological materials.
  • In-situ characterization of HSR processes
  • Penetration and failure mechanisms related to ballistic and blast impacts

Track III – Symposia:



Track Organizers:

  • Jeffrey Ruberti, Northeastern University
  • Christian Franck, Brown University
  • Michael Smith, Boston University

Track Description:

Mechanobiology is differentiated from biomechanics in that it accounts for the biological response to mechanical stimuli that are continuously and intermittently applied to living systems. It is a rapidly emerging field driven by a sustained series of recent observations that have begun to detail specific mechanotransduction mechanisms which rapidly carry information over long distances throughout the cell and into the matrix. Both theory and measurement are being continuously modified to ask deeper questions about how mechanics both maintains and changes the behavior of living tissues and cells. The line of enquiry requires a high level of technical knowledge both in the biological system being examined in the increasingly sophisticated methods used to mechanically probe the system. The relevant engineering fields applied in the study of Mechanobiology are interdisciplinary and multiscale and include polymer mechanochemistry, mechanical allostery, microviscoelasticity, mechanogenetics and growth & remodelling. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts on any topic in the field of mechanobiology but should emphasize the quantitative nature of their investigation for this track.

Track IV – Symposium:


Track Organizers:

  • Moneesh Upmanyu, Northeastern University
  • Srinath Chakravarthy, Northeastern University

Track Description:

Mechanical response is often size dependent, and at nanoscale sizes the behavior can be dramatically different. This track brings together researchers from diverse communities involved in uncovering and exploiting qualitatively novel mechanics at the nanoscale. Potential topics include fundamental behavior of nanoscale materials in technology and nature,  applications centered on novel mechanical responses, hierarchical materials, and synthesis and processing of nanoscale architectures with tailored mechanics. The topics extend to experimentation, theory and computer simulations (including scale bridging efforts), or combinations thereof.

Track V – Symposia:



Track Organizers:

  • Carole Livermore, Northeastern University
  • Ashkan Vaziri, Northeastern University
  • Doug Holmes, Boston University

Track Description:

Multifunctional and hierarchical materials combine material phases to implement diverse functions (e.g. structure and transport) in one material or to create a material with exceptional properties (e.g. the abalone shell).  This track calls for abstracts on the engineering, characterization, and modeling of multifunctional and hierarchical materials, including but not limited to the following:

  • Reconfigurable materials
  • Self-healing mechanical materials
  • Energy-storing or energy-generating structural materials
  • Sensing materials
  • Biomimetic hierarchical materials

Track VI – Symposia:



Track Organizers:

  • K.T. Wan, Northeastern University
  • Katherine Zhang, Boston University

Track Description:

This symposium focuses on the mechanics and mechanical behavior of single cells, cell sheets, tissues, organs, natural and prosthetic biomaterials, and their coupled interactions.  Manifestation of physiological and patho-physiological functions by means of biomechanics is a new emphasis.

  • Mechanics of single cells, organized cell sheets, tissues, and organs
  • Mechanics of prosthetic materials, scaffolds and engineered tissues: fabrication and characterization
  • Mechanics of physiology, patho-physiology and damage of tissues and biological functions
  • Mechanics of bonding and adhesion of molecules, cytoskeleton, bio-membranes, and cells
  • Growth, remodeling and instability in cells, cell sheets, tissues and soft materials
  • Mechanics of bones and skeleton-muscular systems
  • Multi-scale characterization of nano- to macro- scale flexible structures
  • Nonlinear behavior of soft biomaterials, flexible and compliant structures
  • Mechanics of bio-inspired soft machines, structures, and devices

Track VII – Symposia:



Track Organizers:

  • George Adams, Northeastern University
  • James Barber, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • David Hills, University of Oxford

Track Description:

This track focuses on the mechanics of contact, friction and adhesion.  Presentations of general theoretical interest as well as those related to specific applications are of interest. Abstracts are encouraged in such areas as micromechanics, MEMS, nanomechanics, biomechanics, bearings, coupling between two or more domains (electrical, mechanical, and thermal), test devices, measurement methods, computational methods, receding contacts, and others.  Potential symposia in these or other areas related to contact, friction, and adhesion are encouraged.

Track VIII – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Randall Erb, Northeastern University
  • Marilyn Minus, Northeastern University
  • Daniel Schmidt, UMass Lowell

Track Topics:

  • Advances in manufacturing technology
  • Linking structure/property-processing relationships in composite/hybrid materials
  • Processing challenges for ceramic slurries in electrode applications
  • Mechanics of scalable manufacturing processes
  • Multi-scale modeling of solidification processing in materials

Track IX – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Carlos Hidrovo, Northeastern University
  • Alireza Karimi, Northeastern University
  • Michael Allshouse, Northeastern University

Track Description:

This symposium focuses on experimental and computational modeling of the mechanics of fluid systems for different applications of contemporary relevance and of interest to a wide range audience in the mechanics community. Participants can submit abstracts in the following general areas:

  • Fluid mechanics in thermal processes
  • Multiphase microfluidics
  • Coherent structures
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Biomicrofluidics
  • Computational methods

Track X – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Xi-qiao Feng, Tsinghua University
  • Huiling Duan, Peking University
  • Yanan Tang, The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • Pradeep Sharma, University of Houston
  • Jerry Qi, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Yong Zhu, North Carolina State University

Track Description:

Along with the quickening steps of globalization, international interchange between different disciplines and countries are becoming more and more frequent, especially in the mechanics community of the countries as large as the United States and China. For many emerging areas, such as nanosciences/nanotechnology, high-performance computation, and advanced experimental techniques, international collaboration occurs almost spontaneously. Within SES2017’s framework, Beijing International Center for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (BICTAM) plan to organize several symposia on mechanics of solids, structures and fluids to bring the scientists from US and China together. This track aims to facilitate collaboration and communication in the common interests of mechanics research from US and China. Potential topics of symposia include biomechanics and soft materials; functional materials and multiscale modeling; and micro- and Nano-fluidics.

Track XI – Symposia:


Track Organizers:

  • Richard Whalen, Northeastern University
  • Beverly K. Jaeger-Helton, Northeastern University

Assisted by:

  • Katy Schulte Grahame, Northeastern University
  • Leila Keyvani Someh, Northeastern University


Bringing Advanced Concepts to Life: Cool Ideas Expo

This concept is a 45 minute time period in which several select attendees will each have a table to demonstrate any cool models, activities, projects, demos, etcetera, that are used to educate, illustrate, demonstrate, and help ideas to resonate with others (see Instructional Video).  Note that this is an interactive educational networking idea exchange, not a poster session.  Physical models and innovative demos are very much encouraged.  Attendees will have time to stop by, ask questions, and interact with presenters about their ideas – which will hopefully spark some ideas of their own. All are welcome to attend; in addition an opportunity to participate with a demo will be offered via separate mailing.

For Questions, contact Kris Jaeger-Helton at


Lunch Session (meals provided):

“For Research Faculty: Calibrating Graduate Students to a Productive Research Culture”

At this informal, interactive lunch session, we will strategically consider how research faculty can efficiently and effectively mentor their graduate students over time as they calibrate -and contribute- to the productive research culture of a department, lab, or research group. Attendees will come away with actionable ideas from educational research and their peers. An opportunity to attend will be offered via separate mailing.

For Questions, contact Rich Whalen at


Facilitators: Hilary Schuldt & Michael Sweet, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, Northeastern University