The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis will host the 56th annual technical meeting of the Society of Engineering Science Oct. 13-15. More than 600 researchers are expected to attend the event, a forum to exchange ideas among the various disciplines of engineering, physical and life sciences, and mathematics. Guy Genin, the Harold and Kathleen Faught Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will co-chair the conference with colleagues from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania.

Conference attendees can select to attend any of nine tracks and symposia, which cover topics including fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, granular materials and geomechanics, and nanomechanics. Abstracts for the conference are now being accepted; the deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 30.

One of the highlighted conference events is a special symposium on fracture and fatigue to honor the late Paul Paris and his contributions to the engineering and WashU community. Paris was a member of the mechanical engineering faculty from 1976 until his death in 2017.

"This conference is a great opportunity to generate visibility and goodwill among our peers," said Philip Bayly, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and of the local organizing committee. "It will showcase the school's new buildings and East End of campus, as well as our faculty and students, and the overall enthusiasm and energy at WashU and the McKelvey School of Engineering."

The 2019 meeting will mark the opening of several new engineering buildings at the university, including Jubel Hall, the new home of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. This year's event also marks a homecoming for the SES meeting, which was last hosted by WashU in 1969.

"The Society for Engineering Science invited us in spring 2017 to apply to host the conference," Bayly said. "Washington University hosted the conference 50 years ago, and they thought it might be fitting to come back here."

In homage to the 1969 conference theme of "Engineering Science in Biomedicine," the conference will also feature the second U.S. National Symposium on Mechanobiology, sponsored by the Center for Engineering Mechanobiology. All meeting participants are welcome to attend.

For more information about the meeting or to register to attend, visit the conference website at

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