International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
The use for mathematical models of natural phenomena has underpinned science and engineering for centuries, but until the advent of modern computational methods and devices, the full utility of most of these models stood outside the reach of the scientific and engineering communities. Since World War II, advances in computational methods have transformed the way engineering and science is done throughout the world. Today, theories of mechanics of solids and fluids, electromagnetism, heat transfer, plasma physics, and other scientific disciplines are implemented through computational methods in engineering design, manufacturing, and in studying broad classes of physical phenomena. The discipline concerned with the application of computational methods and devices to these ends is called computational mechanics, and it has emerged as a key area of research, education, and application throughout the world. The international group of scholars and practitioners of this new discipline founded the international Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM) to promote advances in computational mechanics.