Professor Droegemeier is Vice President for Research, Regents' Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus in Applied Meteorology and Roger and Sherry Teigen Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. In 2004, Dr. Droegemeier was appointed by President George W. Bush to a 6-year term on the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation that also provides science policy guidance to the Congress and President. He presently chairs the Board’s Committee on Programs and Plans. Dr. Droegemeier was co-founder in 1989 of the NSF Science and Technology Center (STC) for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), and served for five years as its deputy director. He then directed CAPS from 1994 until 2006, and today CAPS is recognized around the world as the pioneer of storm-scale numerical weather prediction. He is also the Director of the Sasaki Institute, a non-profit organization that fosters the development and application of knowledge, policy, and advanced technology in the government, academic and private sectors. As director of the CAPS model development project for 5 years, he managed the creation of a multi-scale numerical prediction system that has helped pioneer the science of storm-scale numerical forecasting. This computer model was a fina list for the 1993 National Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. In 1997, Dr. Droegemeier received the Discover Magazine Award for Technology Innovation (computer software category), and also in 1997 CAPS was awarded the Computerworld Smithsonian Award (science category). Droegemeier also is a recipient of the NSF Pioneer Award and the Federal Aviation Administration's Excellence in Aviation Award. Dr. Droegemeier is a national leader in the creation of partnerships among academia, government and industry. He initiated and led a 3-year, $1M partnership with American Airlines to customize weather prediction technology for commercial aviation, and this resulted in him founding a private company, Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., located in Norman, that is commercializing advanced weather technology developed by the University of Oklahoma and other organizations. The success with American Airlines also played a role in the establishment in Oklahoma of the Aviation Services Division of Weathernews, the world's largest private weather company. Dr. Droegemeier led a $10.6M research alliance with Williams Energy Marketing and Trading Company in Tulsa, which is the largest such partnership between a university and a private company in the field of meteorology. He initiated and led the Collaborative Radar Acquisition Field Test (CRAFT), a national project directed toward developing strategies for the real time delivery of NEXRAD radar data via the Internet. CRAFT won two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and its success led the National Weather Service to adopt its Internet data delivery strategy. As a follow-on to CRAFT, Droegemeier established Integrated Radar Data Services (IRaDS) at OU, which is a National Weather Service-designed top-tier provider of NEXRAD radar data to private industry. He has served as an associate editor for Monthly Weather Review for 6 years served on the UCAR University Relations Committee, the last two as chair. Elected to the UCAR Board of Trustees in 2002 and as its Vice Chairman in 2003, he became Chairman of the Board in 2004. Dr. Droegemeier has served as a consultant to Honeywell Corporation, American Airlines, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Climatological Consulting Corp. Dr. Droegemeier has graduated 27 students and served on the committees of numerous others. Dr. Droegemeier's research interests lie in thunderstorm dynamics and predictability, variational data assimilation, mesoscale dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, massively parallel computing, and aviation weather.
Professor Farhat has been designated by the Institute for Science Information (ISI) as one of the most highly cited researchers in engineering. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award (2010), the United States Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM) John von Neumann Medal (2009), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Gordon Bell Award (2002), the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM) Computational Mechanics Award (2002), the (AIAA) Rocky Mountain Section Engineer of the Year Award (2001), the Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Award (2001), the USACM Medal of Computational and Applied Sciences (2001), the IACM Award in Computational Mechanics for Young Investigators (1998), the USACM R. H. Gallagher Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators (1997), the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award (1997), the IBM Sup'Prize Achievement Award (1995), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Aerospace Structures and Materials Best Paper Award (1994), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (1993), the CRAY Research Award (1990), a TRW fellowship (1989), the United States Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989), and the Control Data Corporation PACER Award (1987). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), Fellow of the International Association of Computational Mechanics (2002), Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (2001), Fellow of the United States Association of Computational Mechanics (2001), and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1999). He has been an AGARD lecturer on aeroelasticity and computational mechanics at several distinguished European institutions, and a keynote speaker at numerous international scientific meetings. He serves as Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of eleven other international scientific journals. He also serves on the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security's Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and on the technical assessment boards of several national research councils and foundations.
Professor Patrick Jaillet is the Dugald C. Jackson Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT. He is also Co-Director of the MIT Operations Research Center. He was Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT from 2002 to 2009, where he currently holds a courtesy appointment. From 1991 to 2002 he was a professor at the University of Texas in Austin, the last five years as the chair of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems. He co-founded and was director of UT's Center for Computational Finance. Before his appointment at UT Austin, he was a faculty and a member of the center for applied mathematics at the Ecole Nationale de Ponts et Chaussee in Paris. He received a Diplome d'Ingenieur from France (1981), then came to MIT where he received the SM in Transportation (1982) followed by a PhD in Operations Research (1985). Dr. Jaillet's research interests include on-line problems; real-time and dynamic optimization; network design and optimization; probabilistic combinatorial optimization; and financial engineering. His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, USDOT, and from private funds (e.g., UPS, Indosuez Bank). Professor Jaillet has taught courses in combinatorial optimization; network optimization; probabilistic methods in operations research; stochastic analysis; risk management; and mathematics in finance. Dr. Jaillet's consulting works include supply chain strategy, logistics and distribution optimization, electronic marketplace design, and development of optimization solutions in various industries, including automotive, financial and manufacturing. Dr. Jaillet was a Fulbright Scholar in 1990. He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science Society (INFORMS) and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is currently an Associate Editor for Networks, Transportation Science, and Naval Research Logistics, and has been an Associate Editor for Operations Research from 1994 until 2005.
Professor George Karniadakis received his S.M. (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 1987 and subsequently he joined the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford / Nasa Ames. He joined Princeton University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and as Associate Faculty in the Program of Applied and Computational Mathematics. He was a Visiting Professor at Caltech (1993) in the Aeronautics Department. He joined Brown University as Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Center for Fluid Mechanics on January 1, 1994. He became a full professor on July 1, 1996. He has been a Visitig Professor and Senior Lecturer of Ocean/Mechanical Engineering at MIT since September 1, 2000. He was Visiting Professor at Peking University (Fall 2007). He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 2010-), Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2004-), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2003-) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, 2006-). He received the CFD award (2007) by the US Association in Computational Mechanics. His research interests include diverse topics in computational science both on algorithms and applications. A main current thrust is stochastic simulations and multiscale modeling of physical and biological systems (especially the brain).
Dr. Kim is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. His research citations include the 1993 Allan P. Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the 1992 Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences and a Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF in 1985. His treatise, Microhydrodynamics, first published in 1991, is considered a classic in that field and was recently selected by Dover Publications for its reprint series. He has an active record of service on science and technology advisory boards of government agencies, the U.S. National Research Council and companies in IT-intensive industries. Despite significant administrative roles in public service, his research activities remain significant and lie at the intersection of applied mathematics, biological sciences, and informatics. One program exploits biomimetic, fluidic self assembly to contribute to the roadmap for the "one-cent" RFID tag. A second program leverages his leadership experiences in the pharmaceutical industry to help create the emerging discipline of pharmaceutical informatics and a pathway for the pharma industry to harvest the fruits of genomics. A third program combines his experiences in academic/industrial research, IT management, and public service, to create new information architectures (the cyberinfrastructure) for rapid-response manufacturing supply chains.
Dr. Michopoulos is a Research Scientist/Engineer and director of Computational Multiphysics Systems Lab (CMSL) of the Center of Computational Materials Sciences at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Dr. Michopoulos oversees multiphysics and information technology research and development, operations and initiatives. Current major initiatives include research and development of linking performance to material through dynamic data and specification driven methodologies, electromagnetic launcher dissipative mechanism modeling and simulation, heterogeneous integrated computational, sensing and communication grids via data-driven multidisciplinary and holistic approaches and environments, engineering sciences research, development and management in areas of computational, theoretical and experimental multiphysics, platform/structure simulation based design, mechatronic/robotic data-driven characterization of continua, automation of research, distributed supercomputing, and multiphysics design optimization. Dr. Michopoulos also currently serves as the vice-chair of the Computers and Information in Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Computers and Information Science in Engineering and the Journal of Computational Sciences. He is a founding member and chair of the International Science and Technology Outreach Society and prior to joining NRL he has been a senior research scientist for Geo-Centers Inc and prior to that director of the Image Processing Laboratory of the Institute of Fracture and Solid Mechanics at Lehigh University. He has participated in several blue ribbon panels including the tri-services Workshop on SHM, November 17, 2008 - Thu, November 20, 2008, Austin TX. He has also consulted for various companies and research organizations and has authored and co-authored more than 210 publications and books and has been honored with more than 47 awards. Dr. Michopoulos holds an electrical and civil engineering degrees and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Mechanics from the National Technical University of Athens, and has pursued post-doctoral studies at Lehigh University on computational multi-field modeling of continuum system.
Professor Oden is the Associate Vice President for Research, the Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, the Cockrell Family Regents' Chair in Engineering #2, the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Systems, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and a Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. Oden has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Engineering by the ISI Web of Knowledge, Thomson Scientific Company. His work was key to establishing computational mechanics as a new intellectually rich discipline that was built upon deep concepts in mathematics, computer sciences, physics, and mechanics. Computational Mechanics has since become a fundamentally important discipline throughout the world, taught in every major university, and the subject of continued research and intellectual activity. Dr. Oden is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a Fellow of six international scientific/technical societies: IACM, AAM, ASME, ASCE, SES, and BMIA. He is a Fellow, founding member, and first President of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics and the International Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a Fellow and past President of both the American Academy of Mechanics and the Society of Engineering Science. Among the numerous awards he has received for his work, Dr. Oden was awarded the A. C. Eringen Medal, the Worcester Reed Warner Medal, the Lohmann Medal, the Theodore von Karman Medal, the John von Neumann medal, the Newton/Gauss Congress Medal, and the Stephan P. Timoshenko Medal. He was also knighted as "Chevalier des Palmes Academiques" by the French government and he holds four honorary doctorates, honoris causa, from universities in Portugal (Technical University of Lisbon), Belgium (Faculte Polytechnique), Poland (Cracow University of Technology), and the United States (Presidential Citation, The University of Texas at Austin). Dr. Oden is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academies of Engineering of Mexico and of Brazil. His current research focuses on the subject of multi-scale modeling and on new theories and methods his group has developed for what they refer to as adaptive modeling. The core of any computer simulation is the mathematical model used to study the physical system of interest. They have developed methods that estimate modeling error and adapt the choices of models to control error. This has proven to be a powerful approach for multi-scale problems. Applications include semiconductors manufacturing at the nanoscale. Dr. Oden, along with ICES researchers, is also working on adaptive control methods in laser treatment of cancer, particular prostate cancer. This work involves the use of dynamic-data-driven systems to predict and control the outcome of laser treatments using adaptive modeling strategies.
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