Applied Mechanics Reviews (AMR) is an international review journal, published by the ASME, that serves as a premier venue for dissemination of material across all sub-disciplines of applied mechanics and engineering science, including fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamics and vibration, and applications. AMR provides an archival repository for state-of-the-art and retrospective survey articles and reviews of research areas and curricular developments across all sub-disciplines of applied mechanics. The journal invites commentary on research and education policy in different countries and regions in the area of applied mechanics, including material that provides an international comparison of different regional frameworks for collaboration and networking. The journal also invites original tutorial and educational material in applied mechanics targeting non-specialist audiences, including undergraduate and K-12 students.
I serve as Editor, Transactions of the ASME, Applied Mechanics Reviews from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2017 and report in this capacity to the ASME Technical Committee on Publications and Communications and the Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division. In this role, I work closely with the AMR editorial board to attract high-quality contributions to the journal that will add lasting value to the applied mechanics literature. I also produce the Applied Mechanics Reviews Podcast Series with full-length, edited audio interviews with leading contributors to applied mechanics and engineering science research, education, and policy.
Recent initiatives include collaborative issues with the Society for Engineering Science (SES) featuring 2012 SES Medalists, the Midwest Mechanics Seminar Series featuring 2011/12 and 2012/13 speakers, the FLOW-NORDITA Summer School on Advanced Instability Methods for Complex Flows featuring the invited lecturers, the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, and the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology.
The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) is a proposed strategic partnership alliance between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and three leading universities in Stockholm, Sweden, namely, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University (SU), and Karolinska Institutet (KI). Together, these top Swedish universities include faculties of engineering and architecture, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences. The goal of this proposed partnership alliance is a collaborative venture of well-matched, peer institutions that is expected to be fully reciprocal.
Together with Anna Stenport, I took initiative to this partnership alliance following a visit by KTH faculty and leadership to the Urbana campus in January 2010. The alliance now serves as the pilot project and flagship program in the Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative, under the guidance of the Associate Provost for International Affairs and the Director of ISIP, and represents a first coordinated approach to, and long-term planning for, the campus's international engagement and global profile.
In my capacity as faculty liaison for the INSPIRE project, I am called upon to facilitate the establishment of specific student and faculty exchange programs, the development of collaborative research and public engagement efforts, and the search for sustainable funding models for a transnational partnership.
The purpose of the ASME Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics (TC-MSND) is to promote research, application, and education in experimental, symbolic, computational, and analytical activities pertaining to multibody systems and nonlinear dynamics and related technical areas. The committee organizes the biennial ASME International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC) and the ASME Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design (DFD) and fosters effective and high-impact dissemination of technical advances to the broader community through the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (JCND).
I have been a member of TC-MSND since 2005. I contributed directly to the proposal that resulted in the founding of JCND, and served as Associate Editor of the journal between 2005 and 2011. I served as secretary of the committee between 2009 and 2011, as vice-chair of the committee between 2011 and 2013, and as chair of the committee between 2013 and 2015. I was a leading member of the group that took iniative to the DFD conference and related activities, jointly sponsored between TC-MSND and the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound. I also served as Program Chair for the MSNDC conference in 2011.
Related service to the ASME Design Engineering Division includes my service as Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2009 and 2011 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information Engineering Conference, and as General Conference Co-Chair for the 2013 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information Engineering Conference, to be held in Portland, OR, August 4-7, 2013. A report on the 2013 meeting was published in Mechanical Engineering Magazine in November, 2013.