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Kenji Takizawa

Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Summary

Dr. Takizawa’s areas of research expertise include, fluid-structure interaction, computer modeling in cardiovascular fluid mechanics, computer modeling of parachutes, free-surface and two-fluid flows, moving boundaries and interfaces, computational fluid mechanics, finite element methods, stabilized formulations, multiscale methods, and parallel computing.

Dr. Takizawa, in his graduate studies, played a key role in bringing the "CIP" method (which was pioneered by his PhD advisor Takashi Yabe) to the level of power and visibility the method is enjoying today. He made key contributions to the stabilized space-time formulations, their variational multiscale versions, and fluid-structure interaction (FSI) techniques. He is playing a major role in FSI modeling of parachutes to be used with NASA's new generation spacecraft, and his research is helping with the design and testing of the parachutes. The space-time and fluid-structure interaction techniques he has developed have been applied to biomechanics problems, with emphasis on blood flow and cardiovascular fluid mechanics, including cerebral aneurysms. The space-time techniques he has developed have been applied to accurate representation of the wing motion and efficient representation of mesh motion in aerodynamics of flapping wings.

Brief Bio

Dr. Takizawa received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 2001, 2002 and 2005. Upon receiving his Ph.D., he worked at Japan National Maritime Research Institute as a Researcher, a permanent position. In 2007, he decided to join the Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling at Rice University as a Research Associate. In 2009, he was promoted to Research Scientist at Rice University. In 2011, he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Dr. Takizawa received the Young Investigator Award of Japan Association for Computational Mechanics in 2007, the Best Paper Award at the 12th Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science Conference in 2007, and the Best Computer Visualization Award, APCOM07-EPMESC XI in 2007. He has been selected to receive the 2012 ASME Applied Mechanics Division Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes special achievements in Applied Mechanics for researchers under the age of 40, and Dr. Takizawa is the youngest ever to receive it.

Dr. Takizawa has published over 60 papers, including 32 journal articles. He is an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics and the Vice Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division Committee on Fluid-Structure Interaction.


EMAIL: Kenji.Takizawa@tafsm.org
OFFICE: 230 Ryon Lab