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Dr. Leszek F. Demkowicz is Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holder of W. A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences II at ICES. He is a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, at The University of Texas at Austin. He has a M.S. in mathematics from Jagiellonian University, and M.S., Ph.D., and Sc.D. degrees in mechanics from Cracow University of Technology (CUT), Poland. Prior to joining the University of Texas faculty, he held various positions at CUT. In 1991, he helped to establish the Polish Association for Computational Mechanics (PACM) and served as its first president.

Dr. Demkowicz authored a monograph on adaptive methods (in Polish, 1986), co-authored with Dr. J.T. Oden a textbook on Functional Analysis (CRS Press, 1996, second edition - 2010, third edition - 2017) and a two volume monograph on "Computing with hp-Adaptive Finite Element" (Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2006, 2007). Dr. Demkowicz has also authored and co-authored over 200 journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and technical reports in the general area of computational mathematics and mechanics.

His work and scientific interests span across numerical analysis, adaptive finite element methods, wave propagation problems, including acoustics, elastodynamics and electromagnetics, and CFD. In the last eight years his work focused mainly on the Discontinuous Petrov Galerkin Method, co-invented with Jay Gopalakrishnan from Portland State University. His recent research has been sponsored by NSF, Air Force, Navy, Army, DOE and Sandia Labs.

For his research on higher order methods, he has been awarded Zienkiewicz Medal by PACM, Computational Science Award by USACM, ICES Distinguished Research Award, and the Computational Mechanics Award by the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) in 2014. He is a Fellow of both IACM and USACM and an honorary member of PACM. Since 2014, he is a foreign member of Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Since 2012, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Mathematics with Applications (Elsevier, circa 2000 submissions per year). He also serves on the editorial board of 11 international journals. He is currently the President of US Association for Computational Mechanics. He has graduated 17 Ph.D. and 7 M.S. students, and is currently supervising 1 Postdoctoral Fellow and 6 Ph.D. students.


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