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UWI to host 12th Pan American Congress on Applied Mechanics

For Release Upon Receipt - December 16, 2011

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts the 12th Pan American Congress on Applied Mechanics (PACAM XII) from January 2nd to 6th, 2012 at the Faculty of Engineering, Lecture Theaatre 1, Block 13.

Organized through the Faculty of Engineering, this conference brings together researchers and practising engineers from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, to facilitate discussion of the advances made in the field of Applied Mechanics. This conference aims to strengthen the links between scholars in the Pan American region by offering participants the opportunity to share their scientific, technical, computational and experimental ideas.

PACAM XII features plenary lectures by leading researchers in Applied Mechanics, including Luiz Bevilacqua of the National Laboratory of Scientific Computing (LNCC), Brazil; Gustavo Buscaglia, Professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil; Michael Ortiz, Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, USA; Richard Rand, Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, USA; and Charles Steele, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, USA.

Attending the conference as specially invited guests are UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat; and Minister of Technology and Tertiary Education, the Honourable Fazal Karim.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is at a cost of US $500 per participant, or US $300 for students.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Bridge, Conference Co-chair at (868) 662-2002 ext 83166, or via e-mail at, or contact Roxanne Timothy at (868) 662-2002 ext 82497, or via e-mail at, or visit the conference website at

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