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Summer Conference Addresses Computational Sciences

June 29, 2009

More than 1,250 researchers from around the world will attend a summer congress on computational engineering and sciences co-hosted by The Ohio State University in July.

Somnath Ghosh, professor of mechanical engineering, is the chair of the 10th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, which will be held July 16-19, 2009, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“The U.S. National Congress of Computational Mechanics, the biennial congress of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, is one of the most important and prestigious conferences in the field of computational engineering and sciences,” Ghosh said. “Computational mechanics is a rapidly growing discipline in science and engineering that develops and uses computational methodologies to characterize, predict and simulate physical events and engineering systems from materials and structures to environment and biological systems.

“While the congress started as a conference on computational mechanics, it has evolved to encompass a much broader scope, representing various fields of science and engineering,” Ghosh said. “This year, the Congress will celebrate its 10th biennial organization.”

A large number of researchers from all over the world from academia, industry and government agencies will participate in this congress. The theme this year is “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. The congress will feature approximately 80 mini-symposia in various fields of science and engineering, 10 plenary and semi-plenary lectures by distinguished researchers, five short courses, an exhibition of software companies and publishers.

Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to speak at the opening ceremony, and Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle, will be the banquet speaker.

Other Ohio State faculty on the local organizing committee are College of Engineering Interim Dean Gregory Washington, Steve Bechtel, Terry Conlisk, June K. Lee, John Volakis, Yunzhi Wang, Wolfgang Windl, Richard Hart, John Wilkins and Robert Lee. Other local organizing committee members include representatives of the University of Cincinnati, University of Akron, Air Force Research Laboratory and the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

More information is available on the congress Web site.