The Israel Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ISTAM) was established by Professor Markus Reiner from the Department of Mechanics at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Reiner is known as one of the founding fathers of the field of rheology and he served as ISTAM’s first president. In 1950 ISTAM became an adhering organization to the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). IUTAM was founded in 1922 by Professor Theodore von Kármán from Aachen, Germany, and it currently includes scientists from 55 countries and 18 affiliated organizations.The founding objectives of ISTAM are:
- To promote professional activity in Israel in mechanical sciences and related professions.
- To promote communication and joint activities with international scientists and organizations in mechanics and related areas.
The current officers of ISTAM and members of IUTAM committees are:
- Prof. Reuven Segev, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
- Assoc. Prof. Amir D. Gat, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
ISTAM Representatives in Israeli Institutions
- Prof. Miles B. Rubin, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
- Prof. Alex Liberzon, Faculty of Engineering Tel Aviv University.
- Prof. Gal deBotton, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
- Prof. Daniel Wagner, Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science.
Israeli Members of the General Assembly of IUTAM
- Prof. Leslie Banks-Sills, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University.