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Course on V&VUQ of Computational Modeling of Materials and Structures

Dear Members of the Mechanics and Materials Communities,

You may have known about the efforts of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MoMS) program of the National Science Foundation on revitalizing the practice of verification and validation (V&V) of computational models as a rigorous and indispensable step in the scientific investigative process.

PhD position in characterizing and modeling battery materials

One or two positions are available for a student to undertake a fully funded Ph.D. in Engineering at Louisiana Tech University understanding the detailed structure of the complicated heterogeneous materials in lithium ion batteries. Expected start date is Sept. or Nov. of 2021.


  • B.S. in Engineering (Chemistry or Physics backgrounds are also suitable).
  • Meet graduate school TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Competitive GRE
  • An interest in multi-disciplinary research in materials


PhD position(s) in modeling of the interaction between phase transformations and plasticity

PhD position(s) is available for Spring 2022 in the Engineering Mechanics program in Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University to perform theoretical and computational part of work on NSF-funded projects on the interaction between phase transformations and plasticity. Phase-field, micromechanical, and macroscale simulations using FEM are of interest, in close collaboration with high-pressure experiments performed in our lab. Please send vita to Prof. Valery Levitas ( )

oliver oreilly's picture

Teaching Dynamics: Particles in Equivalent Universes

If you have ever had to study and teach classical mechanics, then one of the challenges is to explain the equivalences of distinct formulations of the equations of motion for discrete mechanical systems. It is not transparent, particularly in the presence of constraints, how the Newton-Euler equations, Lagrange’s equations, Gibbs-Appell equations, Maggi's equations, Kane’s equations, Boltzmann-Hamel equations, and several other fomulations, are equivalent.

Markus J. Buehler's picture

MIT Short Course Live Virtual: Predictive Multiscale Materials Design: 21-25, 2021

TL;DR, MIT Short Course, Live Virtual June 21-25, 2021; a hands-on bootcamp on multiscale mechanics, ML/AI, additive methods, biomaterials and bio-inspired materials and design. Registration closing soon - sign up now!


phunguyen's picture

Writing tips

To students and junior researchers,

Together with Stephane Bordas (Luxembourg University) and Alban de Vaucorbeil (Deakin University, Australia), we have assembled a PDF ( outlining our our approach to writing articles on the field of computational mechanics. Also discussed are softwares used. We hope that it will be of help to students and junior researchers.

jguilleminot_duke's picture

2020 Melosh Medalist, Duke University

We are very pleased to announce that Stein K. F. Stoter, from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (adviser: Professor Dominik Schillinger), is the 2020 Melosh Medalist for the Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis. Dr. Stoter’s contribution was titled "The variational multiscale method for discontinuous Galerkin type finite element formulations".

Congratulations Stein!

oliver oreilly's picture

Online Resource on Rotations with Rigid Body Dynamics Applications

Dear Colleague,

The online resource on rotations,

has been operational now for nearly 7 years and has been recently updated with material from the literature. Among the latest additions, we note the following subjects:

Roberto Brighenti's picture

Winter school on "Trends on Additive Manufacturing for Engineering Applications"

The winter school on Trends on Additive Manufacturing for Engineering Applications will be held in Timisoara (Romania),

25-29 January 2021  &  Online.

The main aim of the Winter School is to involve PhDs and young researchers in the field of AM with an engineering perspective.

Lecturer in Systems Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University

The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University seeks applicants for a full-time teaching position (Lecturer) in the area of systems engineering to be part of the teaching faculty in the department of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE). This position will serve a key role in the department’s new program in Systems Engineering and the growing Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). More experienced candidates may be considered for a Senior Lecturer position.

marco.paggi's picture

Open courses on Computational Mechanics @ IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Dear Colleagues,

this year my courses on Computational Mechanics for the PhD in Systems Science at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca will be delivered online and will be open to anyone interested in.

Enclosed please find a list of syllabi of the courses, along with the schedule of the lessons (Central European Time zone) and the Zoom link.

The courses are:

- Numerical Methods for the Solution of Partial Differential Equations (20 hours, December-January)

kedarkirane's picture

NSF NRT fellowships at Stony Brook University

NSF funded NRT Fellowship is available for eligible students at Stony Brook University, in the field of Quantitative Analysis of Dynamic Structures (QuADS!).  It supports select students performing research in the area of materials characterization. This prestigious one-year fellowship will provide

- An annual stipend of $34,000 during Year 2 of your Ph.D. (So you can apply for your PhD now to SBU, and then, to this fellowship for your second year) 

Pradeep Sharma's picture

A tutorial on the electrostatics of deformable materials with a focus on stability and bifurcation analysis

The attached tutorial paper is yet unpublished but I am posting a pre-print since several students I know have found it to be a useful pedagogical resource. You may also access the document on arXiv.

Here is the abstract.

Roberto Brighenti's picture

Ph.D. positions at Univ. of Parma – Italy on Smart Materials and Additive Manufacturing Simulation (for Chinese CSC supported students)

Two Ph.D. positions are available at the Univ. of Parma – Italy, for Chinese CSC supported students. The topic will be the mechanical modeling of advanced and responsive materials and additive manufacturing modeling, starting from Nov. 2021.

carpick's picture

PhD Open House at UPenn

Dear Friends - UPenn has great research in mechanics. If you know people interested in pursuing a PhD, please share this announcement. Thank you! Rob


Virtual PhD Open House on Friday, November 6, 2020

Nili's picture

Funded PhD Position in Dynamic Systems and Intelligent Machines Lab- San Diego State University

We have an open PhD position in the areas of perception, planning, and control of autonomous systems in DSIM lab. Highly motivated applicants with prior experience in robotics, control and/or machine learning and strong programming skills and mathematical background are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field.

Remote Mechanics Teaching. How to do it well?

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Many of us will be teaching remotely soon.  I wonder what is most effective when it comes to mechanics.

In our department we have been having meetings to help professors figure out what is the approach to the online teaching modality.  There have been lots of suggestions:

Introducing Ansys Innovation Courses

ANSYS, Inc. has been investing time and resources into their knowledge resources and academic program and their recent contribution to the community is the "Ansys Innovation Courses". These are on-demand physics-based courses that are free for everyone which empowers students and professionals to visualize, reinforce, and rapidly master key physics concepts, with the help of simulations.

Two new books for continuum mechanics of solids

I would like to announce two new books that Prof. Lallit Anand and I have just published on continuum mechanics of solids. 

Dibakar Datta's picture

YouTube Videos on Atomistic Modeling

Dear All,

My student is making YouTube videos on Atomistic Modeling.

Your suggestions and feedback will make the videos better. 


Dibakar Datta's picture

New Book on 2D Materials

We have edited a new book on 2D materials. Thanks to all the authors for their contribution. 

ScienceDirect LINK: Synthesis, Modeling, and Characterization of 2D Materials, and Their Heterostructures 

Dr. Hanaor - Department of Ceramic Materials - TU Berlin's picture

An improved semi-analytical solution for stress at round-tip notches



A semi-analytical model is developed for the notch tip maximum stress.

Application of the formula to U and blunt V-notches is demonstrated.

The results can be used to assess the brittle failure of notched components.


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