ICES Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes, and eight of his former graduate students were identified as Highly Cited Researchers 2016 by scientific publisher Thomson Reuters for the period 2002 through 2012.
“Highly Cited Researchers 2016 represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds," said Vin Caraher, President, Intellectual Property & Science at Thomson Reuters. "About 3,000 (of 3 million) researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.”
Dr. Hughes’s former graduate students who also earned the distinction are Yuri Bazilevs, Victor Calo, Austin Cottrell, John Evans, Ming-Chen Hsu, Alessandro Reali, Mike Scott, and Tayfun Tezduyar.
"I applaud your contributions to the advancement of scientific discovery and innovation," said Caraher.
Hughes earned his Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, holder of the Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and leader of the ICES Computational Mechanics Group.
He joined UT Austin in 2002. He was previously a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University, where he served as chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research interests are in computational mechanics, isogeometric analysis, stabilized and variational multiscale methods, phase-field modeling, cardiovascular bioengineering, complex fluids, and turbulence.
Hughes has received numerous national and international awards for his research. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere. Hughes has received honorary doctorates from the following universities: A Coruña, Louvain, Pavia, Padua, Trondheim, and Northwestern.
One of Hughes’s Ph.D. students who earned the distinction, Tayfun Tezduyar, is among his earliest and the seven others, Yuri Bazilevs, Victor Calo, Austin Cottrell, John Evans, Ming-Chen Hsu, Alessandro Reali, and Mike Scott, are among his most recent.
Tayfun Tezduyar, the James F. Barbour Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology under Hughes’s supervision in 1982. Tezduyar’s research areas include computational fluid-structure interaction, spacecraft parachute modeling, cardiovascular mechanics, and flapping-wing aerodynamics.
Victor Calo, associate professor of Earth Sciences and Engineering at KAUST, received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University in 2005. Calo's research interests include computational geomechanics, fluid dynamics, flow in porous media, phase separation, fluid-structure interaction, solid mechanics, high-performance computing, and visualization.
Yuri Bazilevs is associate professor of structural engineering at the University of California at San Diego. He received his CSEM Ph.D. from UT in 2006. Bazilevs' research is in computational mechanics, isogeometric analysis and fluid-structure Interaction, with applications in renewable energy and biomechanics.
Ming-Chen Hsu is assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. He earned his master's degree in aerospace engineering at UT Austin under Hughes in 2008, and later in 2013 served a postdoctoral fellowship at ICES with Hughes.
Austin Cottrell received his CSEM Ph.D. from UT in 2007, where his research focus was isogeometric analysis. Since 2008 he has been with Citigroup developing relative-value trading models for equity options. He is currently based in London as Quantitative Analyst, Vice President for Citigroup Global Markets Ltd.
John Evans received his CSEM Ph.D. from UT in 2011. He is now an assistant professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Applied Mathematics.
Alessandro Reali is associate professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Pavia. Reali received his M.S. in 204 and his Ph.D. in 2005 in earthquake engineering from the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE School) of the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS-Pavia) and the University of Pavia. Hughes was Reali’s M.S. advisor and Ph.D. co-advisor at the ROSE School. Reali's research interests include isogeometric analysis, finite element methods, collocation methods, constitutive modeling, and computational biomechanics.
Michael Scott is assistant professor of structural mechanics at Brigham Young University. He earned his CSEM Ph.D. at UT Austin in 2011 under the supervision of Hughes. He also served as an ICES postdoctoral fellow with Hughes in 2012.