October 9, 2020

photo of thomas hughesProfessor Thomas J.R. Hughes in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has been awarded the 2020 A.C. Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science “for pioneering development of the finite element method, used world-wide in science, medicine and engineering, and for creating entirely new fields of research including mathematically rigorous stabilized methods, variational multiscale approaches, and isogeometric analysis.”

The award is given annually by the Society of Engineering Science (SEC) to recognize sustained outstanding achievements in engineering science. He delivered Eringen Medal Keynote Plenary Lecture during the virtual meeting of the SEC on September 29th.

Hughes, who has been a faculty member in the ASE/EM department since 2002, is the director of the Computational Mechanics Group at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences where he leads research activities in the development of new and powerful computational methods and algorithms, fundamental mathematical investigations and engineering and scientific applications. His research interests are in finite element analysis, isogeometric analysis, computational fluid dynamics, stabilized and variational multiscale methods, phase-field modeling, and computational medicine. He holds the Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics.