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2009 U.S. Congress of Computational Mechanics to Take Place in Columbus


Somnath Ghosh, professor, Mechanical Engineering, is chair of the U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, which will be held July 16-19, 2009, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.

“The U.S. National Congress of Computational Mechanics is one of the most important conferences in the field of computational engineering and sciences. While it started as a conference on computational mechanics, the congress has evolved to encompass a much broader scope, representing various fields of science and engineering,” Ghosh says. “A large number of researchers from all over the world from industry and government agencies will attend. It is indeed one of the most prestigious congresses in this field.”

Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle, will be the banquet speaker. Participants from academia, industry and government agencies are expected to attend the event, which will feature the theme “Multidisciplinary Computational Modeling in Engineering and Sciences,” transcending traditional boundaries of computational mechanics to encompass a wide range of topics including nanotechnology, materials, manufacturing, bioengineering and high-performance computing.

Other Ohio State faculty members helping to organize the event are College of Engineering interim dean Gregory Washington; Steve Bechtel, Terry Conlisk and June K. Lee, professors of mechanical engineering; John Volakis, professor, electrical and computer engineering, and director, ElectroScience Laboratory; Yunzhi Wang, professor, and Wolfgang Windl, associate professor, materials science and engineering; Richard Hart, professor and chair, biomedical engineering; John Wilkins, professor, physics; and Robert Lee, professor and chair, electrical and computer engineering. Other organizers include representatives of the University of Cincinnati, University of Akron, Air Force Research Laboratory and Ohio Supercomputer Center.

The biennial congress of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics has been held since 1991; this is the first time it will take place in Columbus. More information is available on the congress Web site at