From eardrums to electromagnetics, Demkowicz hears the problems
A good tool is both robust and accurate; it doesn’t break down easily, or give faulty readings or results. This standard applies to everything from a bathroom scale, or vending machine to a sniper rifle. It also rings true for computer code.
Industry and agencies use computer code to design products and test research in the digital realm. It cuts down and time and cost, and can allow a design to be tested in a variety of conditions. Teams of scientists and engineers at companies are dedicated to implementing codes that work efficiently and represent reality—codes that are robust and accurate. But sometimes, they get stuck. Read more.
Two professional conferences in February honored ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes on his 70th birthday. The Advances in Computational Mechanics (ACM 2013) conference — A Conference Celebrating the 70th Birthday of Thomas J.R. Hughes, was held on February 24-27 in San Diego California.
The ACM 2013 conference had a dual objective. On the one hand, it was a celebratory conference, honoring Hughes and recognizing his contributions to computational mechanics. In addition, the conference included the 17th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems (FEF 2013), which has been a standalone conference series for many years. Read more.Posted: Feb. 27, 2013
“In the few years since its inception, isogeometric analysis has become one of the most active research areas of computational mechanics, attracting investigators from mathematics, computer science and engineering,” says Hughes, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, and holder of the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III. Read more.Posted: Feb. 26, 2013
The ICES community mourns the loss of colleague, friend and Professor Emeritus Eric Becker, age 80, who passed away Saturday, February 23, surrounded by his family in Austin.
Dr. Eric Baker Becker III, professor emeritus in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, joined the UT faculty in 1966. In 1972, with current ICES Director J.T. Oden, he established the Texas Institute for Computational Mechanics, a forerunner of ICES at the university. A much-admired professor, Becker earned the UT Graduate School Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1978. Read more.Posted: Feb. 26, 2013
A new video captures ICES Professor Bill Press' reflections on “the beauty and benefits of science,” the theme he chose for the recent conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science where he served as president this past year. Press, professor of computer science and of integrative biology, serves as a vice-chair of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and one of the co-authors of “Transformation and Opportunity,” a report to the president about the future of basic science and research funding in the United States.
In an editorial published this month in Science Magazine, Press argues that the public deserves far more credit than it gets from politicians for its appreciation of the long-term benefits of funding scientific research. Read more.
ICES Director J. Tinsley Oden has been invited to give Stanford University’s 2012-2013 Timoshenko Lecture. The event hosts national leaders in mechanics to honor the memory of former Stanford University faculty member Stephen P. Timoshenko (1878-1972), a Russian-born engineer often called the father of applied mechanics. Oden, known for substantial contributions to computational mechanics, will speak from his work in the evolution of mechanics into the computer age. Oden has authored more than 500 scientific publications on the subject over the last three decades. Read more.Posted: Feb. 20, 2013