This workshop was funded by the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering (SMME) Division of NSF. Two NSF representitives participated in the workshop: Dr. Jorn Larsen-Basse and Dr. Ken Chong.


The NSF's Americas Program (AMERICAS) aims to enhance the scientific, engineering and educational cooperation between U.S. institutions and researchers in Canada, Mexico and Central and South America.

The objective of the workshop is to motivate and strengthen international scientific cooperation between researchers from Brazil and United States, and to promote both short-term and long-term technical collaborations. This Workshop involves exchange of scientific information amongst the participants aiming to identify and prioritize research needs.