Track 1: General EMI Track, Student Award Symposia and Engineering Mechanics Education

01.1: EMI Probabilistic Methods Committee: Student Award Symposium
Organizer: Sanjay Arwade
Description: The Probabilistic Methods Committee of ASCE/EMI is please to announce the fourth annual Student Paper Competition in Probabilistic Methods. The competition is open to any student author of a paper applying probabilistic methods to problems in engineering mechanics. Some key details of the competition are:
1. Entrants must be students at the time of the EMI 2013 conference, and must be authors or co-authors of the entered papers.
2. Papers must be submitted in conformance with all requirements (date, length, formatting, …) for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
3. All entrants must attend the conference and be the presenters of their paper.
4. The top five papers will be selected for presentation in a special session at the EMI 2013 conference. This presentation will be in addition to the regular presentation made in a topical session.
5. Up to three winners will receive a certificate and cash prize.
6. Students wishing to enter should email Prof. Sanjay Arwade ( with their intent to compete by the abstract submission deadline. They must email Prof. Arwade by the date of paper submission to secure entry into the competition.

01.2: EMI SHMC Committee: Student Award Symposium
Organizer: Jeff Scruggs
Description:The Structural Health Monitoring & Control (SHMC) Committee will hold a student paper competition, and invites students attending the meeting to participate. To qualify for the contest, all participants must do the following:

1. Submit an abstract which is accepted for presentation at the conference,
2. Be the principal author of their submission,
3. Be a student at the time of submission of this abstract,
4. Submit an extended abstract, not to exceed four pages, to Jeff Scruggs (SHMC Committee Chair) by June 1, 2013.
5. Attend the conference to present the paper in a regular or special session.

Finalists will be selected by a special panel of judges, based on the quality of the extended abstract. These finalists will present their papers in a special conference session devoted to the competition.

(This presentation is in addition to, and not in lieu of, their presentation in a regular or special session.) Following this session, a winner will be selected and announced at the awards banquet.

01.3: Teaching Engineering Mechanics - A New Paradigm

Organizer: Karen Chou
Description: Student learning style has evolved in the past two decades from passive lecture style to active hands-on interactive learning. While the engineering mechanics fundamentals have not changed, the mode of transferring knowledge from instructors to students has. The rapid advancement in multi-media technology also plays a role in the learning process. This session will provide a forum for educators to share their success stories in engaging students in fundamental engineering mechanics such as statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials. Possible presentations may include, and not limited to, holistic approach in teaching mechanics to freshmen, development of learning tools, engaging the students in large enrollment class, the role of multi-media in learning.

01.4: Infrastructure Education
Organizers: Steven Hart and Ledlie Klosky
Description: In Vision 2025, ASCE calls on engineers to reach beyond technical mastery and lead discussions, decisions, plans, and designs for infrastructure. Achieving this vision will required new educational paradigms to prepare the next generation of engineers for these roles. Beyond engineering, we need to educate all of society about infrastructure challenges; engineers cannot solve infrastructure problems by talking to ourselves. This session will discuss the need for and scholarship supporting infrastructure education, successful infrastructure education programs at leading universities, and a call for infrastructure education as part of a liberal education.

01.5: Civil Infrastructure Resilience in Engineering Mechanics
Organizer: Mohammed Ettouney
Descirption: Recent devastating natural and manmade hazards brought to focus the need for important civil infrastructure to quickly resume high functionality after being affected of those hazards. This behavior is commonly known as infrastructure resilience. A more objective definition, as constituted by US Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) defines resilience as a function of four components: robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness, and recovery. Additionally, the US-DHS identifies two types of resilience: an asset resilience, which is the resilience of a single asset, and community resilience, which is the resilience of a group of assets.

Because of the importance of resilience, different engineering fields have started to consider how it can be applied to improve infrastructure resilience. This document aims at proposing an event within the EMI 2013 conference to deliberate how Engineering Mechanics (EM) field can help the EM community to help in improving the resilience of infrastructure.