MAE Seminar: “Unified Mechanics Theory: F=m a ((1-ϕ(s ̇ ))”

Thursday, November 1, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 pm
SEH, B1220

Speaker: Dr. Cemal Basaran, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


The field of classical mechanics is based on Sir Isaac Newton’s work in “The Principia,” published in 1687. In this work, Newton introduced the world to three universal laws of motion, which describe the relationships of any object, the forces acting upon it and the object’s resulting motion. It is these three laws that make up the foundation for classical mechanics, and all subsequent theories of mechanics are derived from them. But Newtonian mechanics still cannot account for the past, present or future of any aspect of a physical body or its governing equations.
Around 1850, Rudolf Clausius and William Thomson (Kelvin) formulated both the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Because the field of thermodynamics governs the past, present and future of all physical bodies, the aging process and life span of any physical system can be modeled in accordance with the thermodynamics laws. Still, thermodynamics alone cannot convey the response of a physical body under an external force at any given moment – something classical mechanics equations are able to achieve.

Over the last 150 years, many unsuccessful attempts were made to unify the fields of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, in order to create a generalized and consistent theory of evolution of life-span of inorganic and organic systems.   All past attempts were based solely on the use of curve fitting to physical experiments, and empirical models.

Unified Mechanics Theory can predict the degradation, aging and failure of any physical system based purely on mathematical calculations and without the need for life-span testing or curve fitting phenomenological models.


Dr. Cemal Basaran is a Professor and the Director of Electronic Packaging Laboratory at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

He specializes in computational and experimental damage mechanics of electronics materials.  He has authored 140 + peer reviewed archival journal publications and several book chapters. His most important scientific contribution to date has been modifying Newton’s Laws that Newton published in 1687 in The Principa.  His research includes development of the Unified Mechanics Theory, which is the unification of Newtonian Mechanics and Thermodynamics where Newton’s Laws are modified to incorporate a universal degradation law of all physical systems and nano mechanics of 2-D electronic materials for very high current density applications.  Some of his awards include 1997 US Navy ONR Young Investigator Award, and 2011 ASME EPPD Excellence in Mechanics Award. He is a Fellow of the ASME.  He has served and continues to serve on editorial board of 15 peer reviewed international journals, including, IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Tech , ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, as well as numerous other journals. He has been the primary dissertation advisor to 25 PhD students.

His research has been funded by NSF, US Navy ONR, Department of Defense, State of New York, and many industrial sponsors including but not limited to Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Delphi, Intel, DuPont, Texas Instruments, Micron, Tyco Electronics, Analog Devices and many others.  He serves as advisor to many national and international research funding agencies around the globe.  He received his MS degree from MIT and PhD from University of Arizona.