Tayfun Tezduyar, the James F. Barbour Professor of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) and co-leader of the Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling at Rice, has been inducted as an Honorary Member into the Japan Association for Computational Mechanics (JACM).
Also inducted was Thomas J.R. Hughes, an adjunct professor in MECH at Rice. He holds the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and is professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tezduyar and Hughes are the first non-Japanese so honored by JACM.
Tezduyar’s research focuses on computational fluid-structure interaction (FSI), cardiovascular FSI, heart valve and aorta computational flow analysis, spacecraft parachute FSI, bioinspired flapping-wing aerodynamics, aerodynamics of wind turbines, thermo-fluid analysis of ground vehicles, tires and disk brakes, flow analysis of turbochargers and other turbomachinery, and aerodynamics and structural mechanics of ram-air parachutes.
He has published more than 260 journal articles, as indexed by the Web of Science. He was named a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in both the engineering and computer science categories in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in the cross-field category in 2018. According to Google Scholar, his publications have been cited more than 32,000 times.
Tezduyar, who joined the Rice faculty in 1998, is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, the International Association for Computational Mechanics, the American Academy of Mechanics, and the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.
He received the Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Computational Fluid Dynamics Award of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, Computational Mechanics Award of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, International Scientific Career Prize of the Argentine Association for Computational Mechanics, Computational Mechanics Award of JACM, ASME’s Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award and the Computational Mechanics Award of the Asian Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics.
Since 2017, Tezduyar has served as a professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty of Waseda University in Tokyo.
Hughes is among the world’s most widely cited authors in computational mechanics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Hughes was Tezduyar’s adviser when he was a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in 1978 and 1982, respectively, and when he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford in 1982.