Minisymposium "Mechanics of Liquid Crystal Elastomers"

in USNC/TAM 2022

Organizers: Ruobing Bai (Northeastern), Shengqiang Cai (UCSD), Lihua Jin (UCLA), Pradeep Sharma (UH),

Xueju Wang (UConn)

The 19th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM 2022), to be held June 19-24, 2022 at the University of Texas in Austin. Congress website: The Congress will feature a wide range of fields in applied and fundamental science and engineering where mechanics plays a key role. Research in theoretical, computational, and experimental mechanics will be highlighted in the classical fields aligned with solid and fluid mechanics and dynamics, as well as in the emerging technologies and applications such as additive manufacturing, renewable energy, and mechanotransduction in cells. The Congress will be held at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Attendees enjoy the historically intimate character of the university campus while also being immersed in the heart of the vibrant city of Austin, known for its pop culture and technology innovations. Participants will readily be able to stroll around the "40 acres" as well as visit the downtown area including the 6th Street with all of its restaurants, bars, and live music venues via a short cab ride (or long walk for the more adventurous).

Minisymposium 325 Mechanics of Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Liquid crystals and soft elastomers are fascinating subjects for mechanicians in their own right. The marriage of these two materials systems has led to an entirely new class of soft solids—the so-called liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs)—that exhibit a plethora of rich, complex, and fascinating physics. This symposium aims to bring researchers from various backgrounds to exchange and discuss the latest advances in theory, simulation, and experimentation of the mechanics of liquid crystal elastomers in a multidisciplinary context. The symposium covers topics including but not limited to:

• Theoretical modeling

• Computational methods

• Experimental characterizations

• Stimuli responses (thermal, optical, chemical, electromagnetic, etc.) and their coupling to mechanics

• Phase transformations and instabilities: mechanical and/or other multiphysical processes

• Coupling intrinsic properties with geometry and structure: metamaterials, origami, kirigami, etc.

• Degradation, damage, fracture, and fatigue

• Novel engineering/fabrication techniques, functional devices, and applications

Abstract submission: August 18 - December 18, 2021

Author notification: January 31, 2022

Early registration: February 1 - March 31

Presenting Author registration deadline: March 31

Standard registration: April 1 - May 31

Late/On Site registration: June 1 - June 24

1st Southern California Mechanics Workshop

Organizers: Prof. Shengqiang Cai (UCSD), Prof. Lihua Jin (UCLA), Prof. Qiming Wang (USC)

Southern California Mechanics Workshop is a one-day workshop, aiming to facilitate idea-exchange and collaborations among different mechanics research groups from southern California and other areas of the US. The workshop will be composed of three invited talks and multiple short sound bites (5 to 6 mins each).

The 1st Southern California Mechanics Workshop will take place at University of California, San Diego on Jan 18th, 2020. The workshop welcomes contributions to sound bites of any topics related to mechanics research. The workshop will be free to all the attendees and lunch will be provided. Please register by clicking the following link. The registration will be closed on Jan 11th, 2020.

Invited speakers are:

Prof. Kaushik Bhattacharya

Howell N. Tyson, Sr. Professor of Mechanics

Professor of Materials Science;

Vice Provost

California Institute of Technology

Prof. Roger Ghanam

Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

University of Southern California

Prof. Marc Meyers

Distinguished Professor

Nanoengineering Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Materials Science and Engineering Program,

University of California, San Diego