USACM Technical Thrust Areas


The primary rationale behind establishing USACM Technical Thrust Areas or TTAs is to invigorate the USACM Executive Council's adopted thrust areas following a structured approach.  The thrust areas should reflect current research trends and priorities in the national and international Computational Engineering and Sciences landscape.

TTA Charter 

Each TTA will be charged with the following tasks:

  1. Organize tracks for mini-symposia in the technical thrust areas at every USNCCM;
  2. Coordinate USACM sponsored thematic conferences and workshops in the TTA;
  3. Be responsible for the organization of at least one thematic conference in a two-year cycle;
  4. Maintain a TTA website documenting all activities;
  5. Each TTA will be reviewed for renewal and continuation, in every two year cycle.


  1. Each TTA will be run by a committee, consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair and two committee members.  All committee members should be established researchers in the subject area.
  2. Each TTA will be mentored by three members of the USACM EC, who have some understanding of the field.  The primary role of the mentors is to identify and invite members of the TTA committee and provide general operational advice.
  3. Each TTA committee should include at least one junior member of the research community (Assisant Professor, Post-Doctoral Fellow at a national laboratory, etc.).  Diversity (gender and race-based minorities) in the TTA committees should be encouraged.
  4. In the start-up period, USACM EC members who have been identified as mentors of each TTA will work with the broad Computational Engineering and Sciences community to identify members of the TTA committees.
  5. Each TTA will maintain a website with its activities which will be hosted by USACM.

Technical Thrust Areas


Novel Methods in Computational Engineering and Sciences


Chair: C. T. Wu, Livermore Software Technology Corporation

Vice-Chair: John Foster, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences


Isogeometric Analysis


Chair: Michael Scott, Brigham Young University

Vice-Chair: Hector Gomez, Purdue University

Members: John Evans, University of Colorado-Boulder

David Kamensky, University of California, San Diego

Multi-Scale, Multi-functional Materials and Structures


ChairMarisol Koslowski, Purdue University

Vice-Chair: Jaafar El-Awady, Johns Hopkins University

MembersShawn Chester, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Steve WaiChing Sun, Columbia University

Uncertainty Quantification and Probabilistic Modeling


Chair: James Stewart, Sandia National Laboratories

Vice-Chair: Rober Moser, University of Texas at Austin

Members: Serge Prudhomme, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal/ICESUniversity of Texas at Austin

Abani Patra, Tufts University

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction


Chair: Ming-Chen Hsu, Iowa State University

Vice-Chair: John Evans, University of Colorado-Boulder

Members: Yue Yu, Lehigh University

Jinhui Yan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Nanotechnology and Lower Scale Phenomena


Chair:  Vikram Gavini, University of Michigan

Vice-Chair: Dennis Kochmann, California Institute of Technology

Members: Jonathan Zimmerman, Sandia National Laboratories

Gregory Wagner, Northwestern University


Biological Systems


Chair: E. Kuhl, Stanford University

Vice-Chair: K. Garikipati, University of Michigan

Members: Adrian Buganza Tepole, Purdue University

David Nordsletten, University of Michigan

Manufacturing and Materials Processing


Chair: Adrian Lew, Stanford University

Vice-Chair: Caglar Okay, Vanderbilt University

Members: Haim Waisman, Columbia University

Wei Cai, Stanford University

Mathematical Methods in Computational Engineering & Sciences


Chair: Guglielmo Scovazzi, Duke University



Large Scale Structural Systems and Optimal Design


Chair: Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rice University

Vice-Chair: Pablo Seleson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory