In this presentation, we discuss research trends in employing a convergence approach to problems in engineering. For example: the ability to design, synthesize, generate, control, and predict the response of functional materials and structures is an overarching goal pulling together expertise and ideas from various subfields. On demand material behavior, or functionality, has long been a target in modern engineering. The fundamental scientific questions probed are different depending on whether you are a chemist, materials scientist, or mechanical engineer. From programmable materials and structures to integrated computing and evolutionary materials, reaching this target on a grand scale requires the early integration of science and engineering. Advances in data sciences has created the potential for us to accelerate the rate of knowledge transfer across the traditional boundaries as well as fundamentally change the way we carry out research. We will discuss the role of data sciences and interdisciplinary teaming in carrying innovation across length and time scales for solving compelling problems.
Nakhiah C. Goulbourne is NSF program director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program (MoMS) within the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. Her program supports research related to the mechanics of deformable materials and structures. Current program areas include but are not limited to the mechanics of soft materials, low dimensional/nanomaterials, architected materials, computational methods and multi-scale modeling, multiphysics phenomena, constitutive modeling of metals/glasses/ceramics, composites, and related areas. Dr. Goulbourne is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her BA degree in Physics from Middlebury College, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2008. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2009, she was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Over the last 15 years she has built a diverse research portfolio that is reflective of her general interest in science and engineering solutions to advanced materials research.