Conference returns to Purdue after 51 years

September 2, 2014  

1963 Society of Engineering Science

Researchers gather for the first annual meeting of the Society of Engineering Science in 1963. The prestigious conference returns to Purdue in October. (Purdue University image)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will hold the annual meeting of the Society of Engineering Science in October after hosting the society's first meeting 51 years ago.

"This is a very prestigious conference in the area of engineering science and mechanics that is returning to campus after all these years," said Pablo Zavattieri, an associate professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and conference secretary. "The SES founders' meeting took place here in 1963."

The conference will be held from Oct. 1 - 3 in various Stewart Center locations, with major events taking place in Fowler Hall. About 550 people are expected to attend.

The Society of Engineering Science defines its mission as promoting the development of and strengthening the interfaces between various disciplines in engineering, the sciences and mathematics.

"Modern developments in science and engineering indicate that the traditional boundaries among various branches of studies are no longer well-defined," said conference chair Anil Bajaj, William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering and Alpha P. Jamison Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "The society is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary research and the establishment of a bridge between engineering and science."

The Society of Engineering Science was incorporated in 1963 as a nonprofit organization. Roughly 400 physicists, chemists, mathematicians and engineering researchers attended the first meeting.

"Some of those first attendees became very famous in the research community," Zavattieri said. "One went on to win a Nobel Prize."

During the conference, participants will present new research findings in the categories of Mechanics of Fluids and Thermal Systems, Biological and Biomimetic Materials, Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Mechanics in Material Science, Dynamics and Control, and Engineering Science in Education.

"We're seeing an impressive array of research being presented, and I think this is a testament to the importance of the conference," said Thomas Siegmund, a professor of mechanical engineering involved in planning the conference. "It's also a testament to Purdue's stature as a research institution."

The early registration fee is $550 ($225 for students).

Writer: Emil Venere, 765-494-4709,

Sources: Pablo D. Zavattieri, 765-496-9644, 

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