Tayfun Tezduyar, the James F. Barbour Professor of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) at Rice University, will receive the 2018 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award from the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
The prestigious annual prize goes to “an outstanding individual for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics; contributions may result from innovation, research, design, leadership or education.”
“For almost 30 years, this award has been given to researchers and innovators who have made a significant lifetime contribution to applied mechanics. Tayfun’s work has had a big impact on our understanding of fluid-solid interaction, and the award demonstrates the larger community’s appreciation of that,” said Laura Schaefer, the Burton J. and Anne M. McMurtry Chair and MECH department chair.
Tezduyar’s research focuses on computational fluid-structure interaction (FSI), cardiovascular FSI, heart valve 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.
Tezduyar, who joined the Rice faculty in 1998, has been elected a Fellow of 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 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, and Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Association for Computational Mechanics.
Tezduyar was named Highly Cited Researcher in both engineering and computer science categories by Thomson Reuters, in 2014, 2015 and 2016. According to Google Scholar, his publications have been cited more than 23,000 times.
The award, which includes a medal, plaque and honorarium, will be presented to Tezduyar at the ASME annual meeting in Pittsburgh in November 2018.