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New USACM Executive Council Begins Term

The newly elected members (Officers and five Members-at-Large) of the USACM Executive Council began their terms on July 22, 2014. The Executive Council is composed of the President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, there are eight Members-at-Large, two Past-Presidents, and the Board of Directors. See below to find out more about the new Executive Council members. A full listing of the Executive Council may be found here



  Somnath Ghosh, Johns Hopkins University, (term: 2014-2016).  Professor Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Chaired Professor at Johns Hopkins University. A member of the Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, Professor Ghosh's area of specialization is Computational Mechanics of Structures and Materials with a focus on materials analysis, characterization and processing, including emerging fields like Integrated Computational Materials Science & Engineering (ICMSE).  He is also  the founder and director of the JHU Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling & Simulation (CISMMS) and Director of the Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM).


  Leszek Demkowicz, ICES, University of Texas at Austin (term: 2014-2016).  Professor Demkowicz is Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holder of W. A. ``Tex'' Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences II at ICES. He is a Professor in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and in the Dept. of Mathematics, at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research interests include numerical analysis, higher order adaptive finite element methods, wave propagation problems,  and CFD. In the last five years his work focused mainly on the Discontinious Petrov Galerkin Method, co-invented with Jay Gopalakrishnan from Portland State University.


   John Dolbow, Duke University (term: 2014-2016).  Professor John Dolbow is the  Yoh Family Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.  He is a member of the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical and Materials Science. His research activities primarily focus on the development of numerical methods for evolving interface problems and studying defects in material systems. He is also one of the progenitors of the eXtended Finite Element Method (X-FEM).

    Newly Elected Members-at-Large (listed alphabetically)

      Yuri Bazilevs, Professor, University of California, San Diego (term: 2014-2018); research interests include computational mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, isogeometric analysis, multiscale/stabilized finite element methods, wind-turbine FSI, cardiovascular mechanics, turbulence modeling and computation, and high performance computing.

      Krishna Garikipati, Professor, University of Michigan (term: 2014-2018); research interests include: (1) mathematical and physical modelling of tumor growth, (2) cell mechanics (3) chemo-mechanically driven phenomena in materials, such as phase transformations and stress-influenced mass transport.

      Roger Ghanem, Professor, University of Southern California (term: 2014-2018); research interests include risk assessment and mitigation, computational mechanics and computational stochastic mechanics, dynamics and identification, inverse problems and optimization under uncertainty, multiscale modeling; applications of these to problems in science and engineering

      Harold Park, Associate Professor, Boston University (term: 2014-2018); research interests include computational nanomechanics, mechanics of two-dimensional nanostructures, mechanics of soft, active materials, long timescale atomistic modeling for proteins and amorphous solids, and coupled physics (electro and opto-mechanical) nanoscale phenomena

      N. Sukumar, Professor, University of California, Davis (term: 2014-2018); research interests are in the areas of computational solid mechanics and applied mathematics, with recent emphasis on new methods development for failure modeling in materials and in ab initio electronic-structure (Kohn-Sham equations of DFT) calculations.