Special Events

SES2016 Banquet Plenary Presentation – Dr. Mihail C. Roco

Meet the Editors-in-Chief of Mechanics Journals at SES2016: An Open Forum

Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Reception

SES2016 Banquet Plenary Presentation

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mihail C. Roco of National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative will be the SES2016 banquet plenary speaker.

SES2016 banquet reception will take place in the Potomac Ballroom of conference venue (College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center), starting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Nanotechnology and Other Grand Challenges in the United States

Mihail C. Roco

National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative

Abstract: The presentation will outline key grand challenges in the United States driven by nanotechnology and its convergence with other foundational emerging technologies.  A long-term vision for nanotechnology development was formulated in 1999-2000 that has promised to create basic understanding and a general purpose technology in 20-30 years (www.wtec.org/nano2/).  Several trends in foundational (nano-, bio-, digital- and cognitive) and spin-off areas (such as metamaterials, plasmonics, and DNA editing) will be discussed.  A perspective of the current national S&T initiatives will be outlined, including National Nanotechnology Initiative, National Strategic Computing Initiative, and BRAIN research.  Two new activities in 2016 are the nanotechnology signature initiative on water and the grand challenge on brain-like computing. We expected that the world would have $1 trillion worth of products that incorporate nanotechnology by 2015, and we reached that mark in 2013 according to industry surveys.  By extending the S-development curve factual data of the last decade, the revenues from nanotechnology-based economy are estimated to exceed 10% of GDP by 2025 in the U.S. and several other developed countries.  Convergence offers a new universe of discovery, innovation, and application opportunities through specific theories, principles, and methods (www. wtec.org/NBIC2-report) and grand challenges are mechanisms to facilitate faster scientific progress and implementation in the economy.

Bio: Dr. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council’s subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET). Prior to joining National Science Foundation, he was professor of mechanical and chemical engineering.   Dr. Roco is credited with thirteen inventions, contributed over two hundred articles and twenty books.He proposed the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) on March 11, 1999, at the White House, and is a key architect of the NNI.   Dr. Roco is Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, and Fellow of the ASME, IoPhysics and AIChE.  Dr. Roco is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.  He was awarded the National Materials Advancement Award in 2007 “as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry, and academia worldwide”, and received the IUMRS “Global Leadership and Service Award” at the EU Parliament in 2015 for “vision and dedicated leadership …that has made major impact to all citizens around the world.”


Meet the Editors-in-Chief of Mechanics Journals at SES2016: An Open Forum

The advent of internet era has been driving some significant changes in scientific publication process. The needs for optimizing publication process, from manuscript preparation and submission, to review process and to post-publication dissemination, are ubiquitous for many disciplines. There is no exception for the mechanics field.  

To this end, we are glad to announce that SES2016 will host an open forum of “Meet the Editors-in-Chief of Mechanics Journals”, which features the following Editors-in-Chief panelists:


  • Huajian Gao, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS)
  • Jimmy K. Hsia, Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML)
  • Yonggang Huang, Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM)
  • Stelios Kyriakides, International Journal of Solids and Structures (IJSS)
  • K. Ravi-Chandar, International Journal of Fracture (IJF)
  • Zhigang Suo, Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML)
  • Moderator: Teng Li, University of Maryland

We welcome SES2016 attendees to join us at this open forum to learn from these Editors-in-Chief on their vision of publishing in mechanics journals and to discuss with them on various aspects of publishing mechanics research. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions to make this open forum a fruitful one. Together, let’s help shape a better future of mechanics journals.

Time/Date: 3:30pm-4:40pm EDT, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Location: Chasen Family Room (main level)

Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Reception


Come to meet and mingle with the EML editorial board and authors. The reception features a remark by the Editors-in-Chief of EML on updates of the journal in the past year, highlights of EML research papers, and an Award Ceremony of the 2016 EML Young Investigator Award. A cash bar and light refreshments will be provided.

The EML reception at SES2016 is sponsored by Elsevier.

Time/Date: 5:00pm-7:00pm EDT, Monday, October 3, 2016

Location: Patuxent Room (main level)