The Society for Experimental Mechanics holds two thematic conferences per year; gathering its members and conference attendees to share, and present their latest research and applications in the field of experimental mechanics.

SEM's IMAC (It's Not Just Modal Anymore) conference is held in late January/early February and gathers members and attendees to participate in sharing the vision of Dick DeMichele who initiated the conference and set it on its course back in 1982. One of the unique attributes of IMAC, nurtured over the years, is the mix of analytical and experimental topics, bringing the analyst and experimentalist together as a team. The traditional conference barriers have been removed to foster constructive dialogue among attendees from academia, industry, and the governmental labs. It is from these meetings that technologies are shared, enhancing our aerospace industries, infrastructure, our educational endeavors and improving society in general. As lofty as this sounds, IMAC remains a friendly conference where exhibitors, presenters and attendees spend several days exchanging the ideas that fuel the coming year.

The Technical Divisions highlighting the IMAC conference program are: Dynamics of Civil Structures, Dynamic Substructures, Modal Analysis/Dynamic Systems, Model Validation & Uncertainty Quantification, Nonlinear Structures & Systems, Sensors & Instrumentation and Emerging Technologies for Structural Dynamics.

SEM's Annual Conference is held in June and gathers members and attendees to strengthen the mission of the Society, which is to gather individuals from academia, government, and industry who are committed to interdisciplinary application, research and development, education and active promotion of experimental methods to: (a) increase the knowledge of physical phenomena; (b) further the understanding of the behavior of materials, structures, and systems; and (c) provide the necessary physical basis and verification for analytical and computational approaches to the development of engineering solutions.

The Technical Divisions highlighting the SEM Annual conference program are: Biological Systems and Materials, Composite, Hybrid and Multifunctional Materials, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Fracture & Fatigue, Inverse Problem Methodologies, MEMs & Nanotechnology, Optical Methods, Residual Stress, Thermomechanics & Infrared Imaging, Time Dependent Materials, and the emerging area of Additive and Adaptive Manufacturing.

SEM will also be adding a Fall thematic Conference focusing on Digital Image Correlation beginning in the fall of 2019. More information will become available in early 2018.

These three conferences provide a friendly venue for researchers, academics and professionals to attend and present their latest work, share ideas, and gather in a very open learning environment.