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Thomas Hughes

Adjunct Professor

Research Summary

Professor Hughes's research interests include computational mechanics, isogeometric analysis: integration of computer aided design and finite element analysis, variational multiscale methods for complex fluid flows and turbulence, patient-specific cardiovascular modeling and simulation technologies, and phase-field methods. 

Brief Bio

Professor Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career as a mechanical design engineer at Grumman Aerospace, subsequently joining General Dynamics as a research and development engineer. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Berkeley faculty, eventually moving to California Institute of Technology and then Stanford University before joining the University of Texas at Austin. At Stanford, he served as Chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Chairman of the Division of Mechanics and Computation, and occupied the Mary and Gordon Crary Chair of Engineering. Currently he is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III at University of Texas, Austin. 

Professor Hughes is a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is co-editor of the international journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, a founder and past President of USACM and IACM, past Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, and Chairman of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM). He has been awarded the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the von Karman Medal from ASCE, the Melville, Worcester Reed Warner, and Timoshenko Medals from ASME, the Computational Mechanics Award from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, the von Neumann Medal from USACM, the Gauss-Newton Medal from IACM, the Grand Prize from the Japan Society of Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES), and the Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, the University of Pavia, the University of Padua, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), and Northwestern University (Evanston). He held the Cattedra Galileiana (Galileo Galilei Chair), Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, in 1999, and the Eshbach Professorship, Northwestern University, in 2000. Professor Hughes is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Mathematics Section), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Section for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences). The Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators in Applied Mechanics is an award given annually by the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME. In 2008 this award was renamed the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award.