Rocky Mountain Mechanics Symposium

Dates: July 18, 2022

Meets: M from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: MSU Bozeman - Norm Asbjornson Hall

Registration Fee: $100.00


Functional materials with unconventional or improved mechanical properties have been exploited as key components in emerging engineering applications including flexible electronics, soft robotics and biomedical engineering. Research in this area is often interdisciplinary in nature since the design of functional materials may require understandings on material structures at multiple length scales ranging from the molecular-level to the macroscopic-level. As a result, interdisciplinary collaborations would be particularly beneficial for researchers in the area of functional materials. Motivated by this vision, Montana State University (MSU) is excited to host a regional symposium focusing on the mechanics of functional materials. The purpose is to bring the materials and mechanics research groups in the Rocky Mountain region together to facilitate exchange of ideas, to foster collaborations and to build professional networks. This symposium will feature technical presentations and discussions on the campus of MSU on Monday July 18th, and informal networking activities during the preceding weekend including hikes in the beautiful Gallatin Valley and Hyalite Canyon organized by MSU faculty on July 16-17th.

Information for travel and lodging can be found under the "Features" tab.

Information regarding activities and symposium-organized hikes is located in the "Pre-Conference" tab.

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Fee:   $100.00

MSU Bozeman - Norm Asbjornson Hall


The Bozeman Yellowstone Airport is a short, 15-minute uber/lyft ride away from downtown Bozeman and many hotels offer shuttle services.


Parking fees are included in the registration fee and attendees will be provided a parking code for use in select lots on MSU campus.
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Lodging options centrally located in downtown Bozeman includes Kimpton Armory, Element Bozeman, AC Hotel and The Lark. Lodging options adjacent to downtown Bozeman are Lewis & Clark Motel (closer to MSU campus) and Residence Inn (farther from MSU campus).

For those with vehicle access there are several other lodging options in northern Bozeman, Belgrade, and Livingston.

The Gallatin Valley is stunningly beautiful in the summer, but spikes in tourism quickly consume hotel vacancies and prices may become unreasonable.

Montana State University is happy to offer symposium attendees affordable on-campus lodging for $50/night. From MSU campus, a 25-minute walk through shaded residential neighborhoods provides access to downtown Bozeman. To reserve a room please follow the directions below and use the group promotion code: RMMS2022

1. Go to our Conference Housing webpage, click "Register" in the top left on the yellow banner.
2. Complete the required information on the "Register" Page.
3. Once registered, click "Stay on Campus" in the top left corner (same place as "Register"). From there, they will enter the Group Promotion Code and click "Apply Code".
4. The name of the group will appear. Click "Select".
5. Use the drop-down menu to select "Yes or No" under the question about additional attendees. If yes, then add the additional attendee's name.
6. Use the Group Promotion Code to complete the "Conference or Event Attending" field, then click "Save & Continue".
7. Use the drop-down menu to select either" Yes" or "No" on the ADA page, if yes, complete the remaining fields, then click "Save & Continue". This will take a minute to load.
8. Review the check in and check out date and, make any necessary changes, then select "Single Occupancy". Click "Select".
9. You will be prompted to choose a specific room by clicking "Add to Cart". It does not matter which room you select; they are all the same.
10. Click "Save & Continue" at the bottom of the page.
11. A confirmation page will appear. Click "Save & Continue".
12. You will see the shopping cart where you can click "Pay Now" to make a payment and complete the transaction.


Presentations will begin at 9 AM on Monday, July 18th in Norm Asbjornson Hall on MSU campus. The symposium will run until approximately 5 PM. A comprehensive list of speakers will be included here has attendance is confirmed.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Professor Martin L. Dunn. He is a professor and dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Computing at the University of Colorado Denver. He has previously served as the founding associate provost for research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design; as a program director in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), where he was the founding program director for the Design of Engineering Materials Systems program, and as the Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he held the Victor Schelke Endowed Chair.

Dunn's research has focused on understanding the mechanics and physics of complex heterogeneous materials through a combination of theory and experiment and using this understanding to create methods and tools to design and manufacture new materials and components. This includes constitutive modeling of the nonlinear multiphysics response (thermal, optical, mechanical) of active polymers and polymer composites, computational design automation approaches based on shape and topology optimization and additive manufacturing based on SLA, DLP and FDM technologies. Most recently this has involved the development of computational design and manufacturing methodologies for multimaterial additive manufacturing, including the creation of a technology called 4D printing - an approach that integrates new computational design, manufacturing process and materials technologies to create environmentally responsive printed components.

Schedule will be updated as attendees are confirmed.


Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning and lunch will be provided at noon. All dietary restrictions can accommodated be emailing the RMMS organizer. Attendees will be directly contacted with lunch options.
Bozeman is a rapidly growing mountain town located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley. The town contains numerous breweries, shops, restaurants and outfitters to explore. The Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a world-class cultural and natural history museum and research facility located on the edge of MSU campus.

The purpose of RMMS is to exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and build professional networks. To facilitate this goal, informal hikes will be organized Saturday and Sunday morning leading up to the technical discussions (weather permitting). Details regarding these hikes will be sent out closer to the start of the symposium.

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in this area of Montana and the primary draw of tourism, Yellowstone National Park, is a 1-hour drive away from campus. Outfitters in the area can be contacted for fishing and rafting trips, bike rentals, and much more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the RMMS organizer.


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