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Plenary Speakers

George DeodatisGeorge Deodatis, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE

Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Columbia University

Reflections and Recent Developments on the Use of Monte Carlo Simulation in Stochastic Mechanics

SHORT BIO: Professor George Deodatis received his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece in 1982. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. He started his academic career at Princeton University where he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor (with tenure). He moved to Columbia University in 2002 where he served as Associate Professor and Professor. He currently holds the Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Endowed Chair at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He served as Department Chair from 2013 to 2019 (two terms). His research interests are in the area of probabilistic methods in civil engineering and engineering mechanics, with emphasis on simulation of stochastic processes and fields to model uncertain earthquake/wind loads and material/soil properties, reliability and safety analysis of structures, and risk analysis and risk management of the civil infrastructure subjected to natural and technological hazards (including earthquakes, floods and climate change). He has received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability Junior Research Prize, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter Huber Research Prize. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2009, he was elected President of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability for a four-year term. In 2017, he was elected President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a two-year term. While on the faculty at Princeton University, he was awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton's highest teaching honor. At Columbia University, he has received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, Columbia's highest teaching honors.

Shirley DykeShirley J. Dyke, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE

Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University

Empowering Engineers by Leveraging Automation in Reconnaissance

SHORT BIO: Professor Shirley J. Dyke holds a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering at Purdue University. She is the Director of the NASA funded Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitat Institute (RETHi) and the Director of Purdue's Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Lab at Bowen Lab.  Dyke is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Engineering Structures. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of “intelligent” structures, and her innovations encompass structural control technologies, structural health monitoring, real-time hybrid simulation, and machine learning and computer vision for structural damage assessment. She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from NSF (1998), the International Association on Structural Safety and Reliability Junior Research Award (2001) and the ANCRiSST Young Investigator Award (2006).  She has also led many educational programs, including Research Experiences for Undergraduates, GK12, and the University Consortium on Instructional Shake Tables. She holds a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1996.  She served as the Co-leader for Information Technology for the NSF-funded Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) building a community-driven Cyberinfastructure Platform for the earthquake engineering community.

Charbel FarhatCharbel Farhat, Ph.D.

Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures, School of Engineering
Chair, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
Director, Stanford-King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology Center of
Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics 

Computational Mechanics for Landing on Mars

SHORT BIO: Professor Farhat holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and the Lebanese Academy of Sciences, a Docteur Honoris Causa of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, a Docteur Honoris Causa of the Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay, and a designated ISI Highly Cited Author in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), the World Innovation Foundation (WIF), the US Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He was knighted in the Order of Academic Palms and awarded the Medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He currently serves on the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable. He was selected by the US Navy recruiters as a Primary Key-Influencer, flew with the Blue Angels during Fleet Week 2014, and was appointed in 2015 to the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Professor Farhat is also the recipient of several other professional and academic distinctions including the Lifetime Achievement Award and Spirit of St Louis Medal from the ASME, the Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity and the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award from the AIAA, the Gordon Bell Prize and Sidney Fernbach Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, the Gauss-Newton Medal from the IACM, the Grand Prize from the Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES), the John von Neumann  Medal from the USACM, the Modeling and Simulation Award from the Department of Defense,  the IBM Sup’Prize Achievement Award, and the United States Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the White House. He has over 25 years of research experience in fluid-structure interaction, computational mechanics, scientific computing, and parallel processing.  He is Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. He also serves on the editorial boards of ten other international scientific journals. He has been an AGARD lecturer on aeroelasticity and computational mechanics at several distinguished European institutions, and a plenary speaker at numerous international scientific meetings.

Yonggang Huang Yonggang Huang, Ph.D.

Jan and Marcia Achenbach Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University

Mechanics Modeling in Bio-integrated Smart Structures

SHORT BIO: Yonggang Huang is the Achenbach Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is interested in mechanics of materials and structures and has published more than 600 journal papers, including 10 in Science and 6 in Nature, and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Mechanics. He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering (2009), in Materials Science (since 2014), and in Physics (2018) and has won multiple awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2008) from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the Drucker Medal (2013), Nadai Medal (2016), and Honorary Member (2021) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Prager Medal (2017) from the Society of Engineering Sciences; the Bazant Medal (2018) and von Karman Medal (2019) from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a member of US National Academy of Engineering, US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kurt Maute Kurt Maute, Ph.D.

Palmer Endowed Chair
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado Boulder 

On the Optimal Design of Problems in Solid and Fluid Mechanics Dominated by Interface Phenomena

SHORT BIO: Dr. Maute is a professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Palmer Endowed Chair at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He is the Past Director of the Aerospace Mechanics Research Center and former Associate Dean for Research of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  Dr. Maute received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 1998, and his Bs/Ms. in Aerospace Engineering in 1992, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After working as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Aerospace Structures, he started his faculty position at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2000. His research is concerned with computational mechanics and design optimization methods. He focuses on fundamental problems in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer with applications to aerospace, civil, mechanical engineering problems. For the past 25 years, Dr. Maute worked on topology and shape optimization methods for a broad range of problems, including multi-physics and multi-scale problems. Dr. Maute is a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, delivered the 2016 Koiter Lecture in Engineering Mechanics, and has published his work in over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

Charles Meneveau Charles Meneveau, Ph.D.

L.M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Democratizing Really Big Data in Turbulence and Sample Application

SHORT BIO: Charles Meneveau is the Louis M. Sardella Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is Associate Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) and is jointly appointed as Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins. He has been on the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1990. His area of research is focused on understanding and modeling hydrodynamic turbulence, and complexity in fluid mechanics in general.  The insights that have emerged from Professor Meneveau’s work have led to new numerical models for Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and applications in engineering and environmental flows, including wind farms. He also focuses on developing methods to share the very large data sets that arise in computational fluid dynamics. He is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Turbulence. Professor Meneveau is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a foreign corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of APS, ASME, AMS and recipient of the Stanley Corrsin Award from the APS, the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, the JHU Alumni Association's Excellence in Teaching Award, and the APS' François N. Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics.

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