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J. Tinsley Oden

Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #2
Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor, Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin

BS Civil Engineering 1959, Louisiana State University
MS Civil Engineering 1960, Oklahoma State University
PhD Engineering Mechanics 1962, Oklahoma State University

Tinsley Oden is the founding director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. His research interests include multiscale modeling, error estimation and control and predictive computational sciences. Most recently, he has worked on selection and validation of models of complex molecular systems, uncertainty quantification, adaptive control and on stochastic phase-field models of tumor growth.

Oden holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Oklahoma State University. He has received six honorary doctorates, honoris causa, from the Technical University of Lisbon (Spain), the Faculte de Mons in Belgium, the Technical University of Cracow (Poland), Ohio State University and the University of Texas at Austin (in the form of the Presidential Citation).

Oden is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an Editor-In-Chief of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of 32 scientific journals. He is a founding member of the International Association for Computational Mechanics and of the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics. He has authored or edited over 600 scientific works, including 58 books and 80 book chapters and has supervised 34 Master’s students and 45 Ph.D. students.  Awards recognizing his research include the Title of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French government, the USACM John von Neumann Medal, the IACM Newton-Gauss Congress Medal, and the SIAM Prize in Computational Science. The Honda Foundation awarded him their 2013 Prize Laureate for his role in establishing the field of computational mechanics.  

In 1973, Oden started the Texas Institute for Computational Mechanics, a research group for faculty members and students. Under his leadership, the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences has expanded to draw faculty from 23 departments and five schools and colleges at UT. In 2017, it was ranked No. 1 worldwide in the field of interdisciplinary mathematics. In 2019, the UT System Board of Regents voted unanimously to recognize Oden’s "leadership and generous support" by renaming the Institute in his honor.

Oden and his wife, Barbara, live in Austin, Texas, as do his son Walker, daughter Lee, son-in-law Nick, and his grandson Tanner.