NANO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING IN MECHANICS AND MATERIALS
Ken P. Chong
PhD, PE, F.ASCE, F.AAM, M.ASME
Director, Mechanics and Materials Program
Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation,
Arlington, VA 22230, U.S.A.
The transcendent technologies include nanotechnology, microelectronics,
information technology and biotechnology as well as the enabling and supporting
civil infrastructure systems and materials. These technologies are the primary
drivers of the twenty first century and the new economy. Mechanics and materials
are essential elements in all of the transcendent technologies. Research
opportunities, education and challenges in mechanics and materials, including
nanomechanics, carbon nano-tubes, bio-inspired materials, coatings,
fire-resistant materials as well as improved engineering and design of materials
are presented and discussed in this paper.
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