HEMI hosts 2023 MACH Conference

Apr 11, 2023 | No Comments | By Salena Fitzgerald

After a three year hiatus, the Mach Conference welcomed back its in-person format in April, 2023. This year’s conference brought together representatives from academia, government, and industry to share their work in the field of materials, with an emphasis on advancing the fundamental science and engineering of materials and structures in extreme environments. The conference was chaired by Ryan Hurley, HEMI Fellow and assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The conference was highlighted by five distinguished plenary speakers: Amine Benzerga, professor at Texas A&M University; Elizabeth Opila, professor at the University of Virginia; Laura Pyark-Nolte, distinguished professor at Purdue University; Aaron Stebner, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and David Van Wie, Sector Head, Air and Missile Defense at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Over 100 session and 15 poster presentations were given, with a particular emphasis on facilitating collaboration and networking during this event, a trademark of the Mach Conference.

All posters were entered into a competition with judging by the conference attendees. The winners in each category are:

Judge’s Award: Kimia Ghaffari, University of Florida. Poster title, “Development of Deep-Network Learned Interatomic Potential for Shock Simulations of B4C.”

People’s Choice Award: Adyota Gupta, Johns Hopkins University. Poster title, “An Analytical, Multiscale Model for Predicting Granular Elasticity Incorporating Force Chain Mechanics.”

The Mach Conference is held in April each year. For more information, visit the MACH conference website.

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