UK to Brussels to Los Alamos
On Easter Monday, I flew back to the UK. There was an important meeting I had to attend for a European research project in Brussels so I returned to Bath a week early to prepare first. It was a very intensive week at the end of which I flew out to Brussels for one day, then returned to NASA Langley for three days.
I spent some time during those three days to develop some ideas for modelling nano materials with researchers here and this was great fun and a very exciting development.
I then flew out to Hawaii for a conference. The conference was AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, and this is a conference I attend regularly.
This was a particularly excellent conference with lots of excellent research and opportunities to talk to many people about new ideas. I am also involved in the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation Technical Committee and we had a meeting at these conference to discuss the future conference and activities.
As the chair of the Education Sub-committee, I make arrangements for the upcoming Student Paper Competitions and initiate new ideas for education activities.
One exciting idea is to provide a way to share teaching experience and materials across universities internationally and this will be the new major initiative for the coming year.
I also made new contacts with NASA Glenn, Vanderbilt University, Sandia National Laboratory, Cambridge University and Imperial College. Of course, there are the “usual” suspects that come to these meetings regularly so these conferences are excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and it is always fun to find out their latest research interests as well as seeing how they are.
Some of my American friends were pleased to see that I am in the US and invited me to give seminars in their universities later this year, which I am looking forward to. It was a great opportunities to discuss various current and new research directions such as treatment of uncertainties, computational framework for optimisation, multi scale analysis and material design.
At the end of the conference, I had some time before my return flight and I walked up to the Diamond Head with friends. We had decided to walk from our conference hotel (Sheraton Waikiki) and I hadn’t quite realised how far it was!!! The view from the top was breathtaking and the walk was all worthwhile.
But you can see how tired I got when we got down – the Hawaiian shaved ice was the perfect reward.