About the host

The 53rd SES Technical Meeting will be hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) October 2-5, 2016 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

UMD is located in College Park, Maryland, right on the doorstep of Washington, D.C., and is readily accessible from three major airports (IAD, DCA, and BWI). In addition, nearby Metrorail provides easy access to Washington D.C. and area attractions.

UMD is the state’s flagship university, and is one of the premier research institutions in the United States and in the world. UMD has longstanding research strengths across a broad array of disciplines.

UMD research addresses the most serious global challenges we currently face, and places the highest emphasis upon innovation. Our location near the nation’s capital and in the vibrant state of Maryland infuses everything we do and accomplish as a university, maximizes the impact of our research, offers our students and faculty a wide range of opportunities, and keeps our researchers focused on the most urgent and important global problems.

Focus Areas

Focus areas for SES 2016 include:

  • Mechanics of materials in extreme environments
  • Mechanics of integrated structures: MEMS/NEMS, ICs, and electronic packaging
  • Mechanics and materials in advanced technologies: energy harvesting and storage (batteries, super-capacitors, PV), flexible/stretchable electronics, and organic electronics
  • Mechanics of 1D/2D materials and derivatives: nanowires, nano/micro-fibrillates, thin membranes, multilayers, and low dimensional origami
  • Multifunctional materials in response to mechanical, chemical, electrical, and thermal stimuli
  • Mechanics and materials in advanced manufacturing: additive manufacturing, fiber and textile, lithography, DRIE, and self-assembly
  • Degradation, damage and fracture mechanics, reliability, prognostics and health management
  • Meso-/micro-/nano-mechanics of defects and interfaces in materials
  • Materials genome: multiscale modeling and experimentation of material behavior
  • Interface topics between biology and engineering: biomechanics of soft tissues, cells, vesicles, subcellular structures and bio-molecules, bio-mimetic materials, bio-medical materials and devices
  • Fluid mechanics, micro-fluidics, nano-fluidics, and fluid-structure interactions
  • Mechanics in robotics: soft machine and robots, micro-robotics, nanobots, haptics, and bio-mimetic robots
  • Experimental and computational nonlinear dynamics and control
  • Structure and material optimization under uncertainty
  • Engineering education and innovation

SES Mission & Vision


The SES promotes the development and strengthening of the interfaces between various disciplines in engineering, sciences, and mathematics.


  • SES is an organization of leading engineers, scientists and mathematicians from around the world
  • SES focuses upon the interface between engineering, sciences and mathematics
  • SES maintains an appropriate balance between emerging and established fields
  • SES is an essential element of the larger engineering, applied science and applied mathematics communities
  • SES encourages the active participation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians and students in all of its activities
  • SES Conferences aim to attract the leading researchers in all engineering and science disciplines, and mathematics
  • SES Conferences are recognized as the leading forums for bringing together diverse, interdisciplinary groups of researchers to discuss advances in highly focused symposia

SES2016 Technical Program

Detailed technical programs of individual symposium at SES2016 are available at the Technical Program page (click the link to individual symposium).



Overall conference schedule at a glance and symposium schedule are now available at the Schedule page.


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that thanks to your overwhelming response, and thanks to the tireless efforts of the Track Chairs and Symposium Organizers, we have received an unprecedented number of abstracts (~700) for the 53rd SES Annual Technical Meeting.

Unfortunately, this also puts us at the very limit of the total number of presentations that we can physically accommodate at the conference venue for the duration of SES2016. We are therefore now regrettably forced to adhere to the scheduled deadline of June 15 for abstract submissions.

We understand of course that there may be additional researchers out there who may benefit from an extension of the submission deadline. We are therefore deeply sorry that the situation does not allow us to do so.

We will soon open the registration site on this website so attendees can register for the conference. We will also soon open the site for submissions for Student Poster Competition on this website. Please stay tuned for these developments.

We are very excited at the huge number of excellent abstracts that we did receive and we look forward to a very vibrant and exciting conference. We look forward to welcoming you all at College Park in October.

Thanks and best regards,

Abhijit and Teng

Abstract submission reopened until Sunday, June 26 (23:59 EDT)

Thanks once again to the SES community for an overwhelming number of submissions (over 700 abstracts) to the 58 symposia in SES2016. Due to very strong continuing interest, in consultation with SES board, we are re-opening the submission window for a week, for authors who were not able to make the original deadline. The new deadline is Sunday, June 26, 2016 (23:59 EDT). Please be sure to submit before this final deadline. We look forward to a robust abstract pool for a very high-quality conference. Information on submissions for student poster competition will be provided at a future date. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

SES2016 Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

The 53rd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES2016) will be hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) during 2-5 October 2016 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

We cordially invite scientists, engineers, and students to submit abstracts for oral presentations to SES2016. We welcome abstract submission to the topical symposia in SES2016 that are categorized into the following tracks:

  • Awards Symposia
  • Mechanics of Fluids and Thermal Systems
  • Mechanics of Biological and Soft Materials
  • Mechanics of Solids and Structures
  • Mechanics in Materials Science
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Student Poster Competition

Individual symposia in each track are listed here.

The SES2016 will also have a student poster competition. Information about this poster competition will be posted soon on the SES2016 website. Please stay tuned for more information.

Registration will be open soon.

For technical questions on abstract submission, please email For general questions about SES2016, please email

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

SES2016 Co-chairs:  Abhijit Dasgupta (, Teng Li (


Q&A on abstract submission

Q. Are there guidelines for abstract submission?

A: Yes, click “Submit Abstract” button at, it shows the following submission guidelines:

  1. A title*
  2. List of all authors and their affiliations*  (note that the website refers adding co-authors as adding speakers)
  3. An abstract (350 words maximum)*
  4. Contact information for corresponding author (phone and email)*
  5. Contact information for presenter if different from corresponding author (phone and email)*
  6. Optional: attachment of abstract and bio
  7. Optional: A one-paragraph bio for the presenter that includes full name, credentials, current job title and current affiliation (150 word maximum)
  8. Optional: A color, high-resolution portrait photo for the presenter (please use presenter’s last name in file name) – your portrait photo will show up in the program and attendee list in the SES2016 mobile phone app


Q. Does SES2016 publish extended abstracts or full papers?

A: No, it has been a tradition for SES conferences to have technical presentations and poster sessions only. No extended abstracts or full papers will be published.

Q. What is the duration of each session, regular presentations and invited presentations?

A: Each session will be 100 min. A regular presentation will be 20 minutes long and an invited presentation will be 40 minutes long. For example, a session can have 5 regular presentations or 1 invited plus 3 regular presentations.

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