Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

COE/Structural Mechanics Seminar


Funding Opportunities for Mechanics at the National Science Foundation


Dr. Wendy Crone




Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10:00:00 AM   Add to Calendar


GTMI Building, Room Auditorium


Min Zhou and Shuman Xia
min.zhou@gatech.edu and shuman.xia@me.gatech.edu


The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports work in all fields of science and engineering. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the mission of NSF and how it relates to the mechanics community, including emerging initiatives. Descriptions of select programs at the National Science Foundation that fund work relevant to the mechanics community will be discussed. For example:

The Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MoMS) core program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and structures under internal and external actions. Within this purview, it supports a diverse spectrum of research with emphasis on transformative advances in experimental, theoretical, and computational methods.

The Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) program supports fundamental and transformative research that advances our understanding of engineering biomechanics and/or mechanobiology. The program emphasizes the study of biological mechanics across multiple domains, from sub-cellular to whole organism. BMMB projects must have a clear biological component, a clear mechanics component, and must improve our understanding of the mechanical behavior of a living system.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) catalyzes new knowledge and discoveries by empowering the Nation's scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. The MRI Program enables research-intensive learning environments that promote the development of a diverse workforce and next generation instrumentation, as well as facilitates academic/private sector partnerships.


Wendy Crone is a program director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program, the Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Program, and the Major Research Instrumentation Program within the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation. Concurrently, she is the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate faculty appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and she holds the title of Discovery Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research is in the area of experimental solid mechanics, and many of the topics she has investigated are connected with nanotechnology and biotechnology. Prof. Crone has garnered numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring, including the M.M. Frocht Award (2013) from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. She has been a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics since 1988, Fellow since 2015, and has served in a number of leadership roles including President (2018-2019).

This seminar is co-sponsored by CoE Dean's Office and Woodruff School of ME.