The 2022 ASCE Engineering Mechanics (EMI) Conference was held in person on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in the early summer. The event welcomed over 800 registrants over four days, combining research activities as well as celebration. The conference included representation from groups of 15 faculty members in the Whiting School of Engineering and specifically highlighted the work being done by members of the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering.

During the banquet, Somnath Ghosh, Michael G. Callas Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, received the 2022 ASCE Raymond D. Mindlin Medal. Additionally, he and Prof. James Guest were recognized with the EMI Appreciation Award for conference organizational efforts.

CaSE graduate students Preetam Tarafder, Saikat Dan, and Ozge Ozbayram won prizes at the student competitions. Tarafder won 1st place in the computational mechanics student paper/poster competition for his paper titled, “Cohesive Zone Phase Field Model for Electromechanical Fracture in Nonuniform Piezoelectric Composites”. Dan won in the Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale Behavior Committee student paper competition for his work titled, ““Finite deformation cohesive zone phase field model for crack evolution in multi-phase piezocomposites” Ozbayram was announced as the runner up in the same category for her paper titled, “Effect of Microstructure and Surface Notch Geometry on Fatigue Crack Nucleation in Titanium Alloys.”

With over 700 technical talks and six plenary lectures, the 2022 EMI conference provided plenty of opportunities for an exchange of information between interested participants. An NSF-sponsored workshop and special panels on the future of engineering mechanics education and career paths in engineering mechanics gave all participants a chance to offer ideas and suggestions on the future of the field. 

The conference is held annually and provides a forum for researchers and practitioners, where the fundamental and applied advances in engineering mechanics will be on display. At the conference,  attendees are encouraged to learn about the latest discoveries in the field of engineering mechanics, disseminate their contributions at topical sessions, support students engaged in various EMI activities, listen to distinguished plenary lecturers and participate in discussions, panels and networking events to advance engineering mechanics education, research and practice.