The 2023 Annual Technical Meeting of SES at Texas A&M was the first in-person SES conference since COVID. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones.   Brandon Zimmerman  presented his work on new reactive hydrogel model with initial applications to DNA hydrogels. Bibek Datta  presented computational study of hydrogel soft robot. He  finally got to give a talk to a live audience. I presented in vivo characterization of the optic nerve head in honor of Ellen Arruda and her Eringen Medal.