Thomas HughesProfessor Thomas Hughes of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected by the Cockrell School of Engineering to receive the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award.

The award, supported through an endowment funded by engineering alumnus Claude R. Hocott, recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in advancing the profession in engineering through documented research conducted while affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin. The recipient’s work must also have brought significant credit to the engineering profession and is determined exemplary by the recipient’s peers.

Hughes has received numerous national and international awards for his research and is one of the most widely cited authors in scientific computing. His research interests are in computational mechanics, isogeometric analysis, stabilized and variational multiscale methods, phase-field modeling, cardiovascular bioengineering, complex fluids, and turbulence.

He holds the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and is the director of the Computational Mechanics Group in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).