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SPIE Professional January 2012

Smart Structures/NDE

SS/NDE highlights animal (and human) solutions to design challenges
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The 19th annual SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (SS/NDE) will take place at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, 11-15 March 2012. One of the world's most important events on monitoring of structural integrity and adaptive/intelligent structures, SS/NDE addresses challenges in a broad range of fields, from healthcare to homeland security.

The symposium will feature plenary presentations by Peter Nagy (University of Cincinnati), Jinsong Leng (Harbin Institute of Technology), and the 2011 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Amr Baz (University of Maryland, College Park), and Kon-Well Wang (University of Michigan).

The San Diego Zoo will return to give a presentation on Bio-inspiration in Smart Structures, featuring a number of special "animal ambassadors" who will demonstrate the elegant features that nature has developed to solve complex real-life design challenges.

Proximity to the San Diego Zoo enables appearances by some special guests at SS/NDE
 Proximity to the San Diego Zoo enables appearances by some special guests at SS/NDE.

The meeting will also include the annual EAPAD-in-Action session that turns the spotlight on electroactive polymer (EAP) materials and their applications and increases the recognition of their potential for smart structures. New materials and applications are continuing to emerge and this session will provide attendees with an opportunity to see EAP materials in action.

For more about SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, visit spie.org/ssnde or Tweet with us @SmartStructuresNDE.

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at spieprofessional@spie.org.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201201.30

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