MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Members and Friends of the American Academy of Mechanics,

It is with great enthusiasm that as of January 2005, I will be taking over the editorial responsibilities for Mechanics. As the first order of business I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Horacio Dante Espinosa for his efforts and dedication in transforming Mechanics into a modern and accessible way of communication for the mechanics community. As the editor my responsibilities will continue to be the advancement of the success of the newsletter by establishing editorial policies that highlight the role of mechanics as an integral part of our society. The newsletter will continue to be a vehicle for promoting fluent communication among all members of the Academy in all subject areas. Consistent with the revised format and content of Mechanics, contributions and essays on new teaching methodologies, new technologies, new research challenges are highly encouraged. Similarly, AAM members are encouraged to contribute news and announcements. This editorial office will look forward to receiving contributions of news, announcements, obituaries, and essays.

Essays should be interesting review articles on all aspects of mechanics research and on all educational aspects of mechanics, including neat derivations of didactic results, discussions of educational issues in mechanics, historical matters, and so on. Therefore, we want interesting, high quality articles for distribution to our colleagues and to libraries everywhere. Additionally, by providing general news and announcements in the field of mechanics, the newsletter would appeal to more AAM members and would provide more relevant information to professionals within the mechanics community.

Mechanics will continue to be available online on the American Academy of Mechanics website: . Access is limited to AAM members. A username and password is required to access Mechanics online. Members can send an e-mail to: mechanics@soemail.rutgers.edu if they do not have their log-in account.

Please feel free to offer any suggestions for the improvement of Mechanics and the AAM website.

Sincerely,

Professor Alberto Cuitino

Rutgers University
Deptartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
98 Brett Road
Piscatway, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 445-2248 Fax: (732) 445-3124
E-mail: cuitino@soe.rutgers.edu
http://cronos.rutgers.edu/~cuitino/