The University of New Mexico School of Engineering will be a partner for the 2018 Sandia National Laboratories’ Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Summer Research Institute.

The summer program, which brings together graduate students and researchers from around the world, including from Sandia and UNM, will be held June 18-Aug. 2 at UNM’s Mechanical Engineering Building. The program seeks to tackle research challenges in the field of nonlinear mechanics and dynamics.

Tariq Khraishi, professor of mechanical engineering, is the main UNM partner in this summer program.

UNM’s Manufacturing Training and Technology Center (MTTC) at the UNM Science and Technology Park has hosted the program activities for the last few years, but this year, the collaboration is stronger, Khraishi said, with UNM being a formal sponsor along with Sandia.

The goal of this year’s institute is to improve the way experiments and modeling are done in the engineering sciences. Often, they are performed in isolation from each other, so NOMAD will explore ways in which the processes can be better integrated, improving the outcomes of each, said Robert Kuether, an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories who is organizing the institute.

This year, 17 mostly graduate-level students from around the world will be working on one of the six technical projects. Each project was organized by mentors from various government, academic or industrial institutions. About 20 mentors will be advising the teams over the summer, Kuether said.

This year’s NOMAD project list is:

  • Constructing Optimal Surrogate Models for Bolted Fasteners in Multiaxial Loading
  • Influences of Modal Coupling on Experimentally Extracted Nonlinear Modal Models
  • A Priori Methods to Assess the Strength of Nonlinearities for Design Applications
  • Fatigue Properties of Additively Manufactured Hiperco
  • Material Failure Model and Properties for Puncture Simulations
  • Predictive Structural Dynamics Modeling of Bolted Interfaces

This program was started in 2014 by Sandia National Laboratories.

NOMAD is a collaborative environment that brings together researchers, experts and students alike, to solve challenging problems related to the field of nonlinear mechanics and dynamics.

The institute is open to graduate students and early-career researchers from the United States and international communities.  Faculty who would like to get involved or would like more information can contact Kuether at