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Professor Ted Belytschko


S. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 2008) The ASME Applied Mechanics Award renamed the ASME Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award. Northwestern University. January 1.54.113. International Association of Computational Mechanics. American Society of Civil Northwestern http://en. Illinois Institute of Technology (1968) CAREER McCormick Distinguished Professor. University of Illinois at Chicago. 2008 Honorary Doctorate. Illinois Institute of Technology (1965) Ph.” MIT. Society of Engineering Science.html http://www. 1968-1973 HONORS Elected to National Academy of Sciences.GOOGLE Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Northwestern University Walter P. Department of Mechanical Engineering. University of Illinois at Chicago. 1973-76 Assistant Professor of Structural Mechanics. Northwestern International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering Professor Belytschko is interested in computational methods for modeling the behavior of solids.wiley. Engineering Sciences.barnesandnoble. EDUCATION B. 2011 William Prager Medal. 2003-present Chairman.mccormick. University of Illinois at Chicago. Northwestern University. November 2007 Life Member. (Jan. both static and dynamic. 2011 Denhartog Lecture. He has developed new meshfree methods and the extended finite element method for modeling arbitrary crack growth without remeshing and applied them to a variety of crack growth problems. . 1991.present Professor of Computational Mechanics.D. 2008 Reelected Vice-President.blogspot.. with particular emphasis on failure and 1976-1977 Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics.1002/%28ISSN%291097-0207 "images for ted belytschko" . 2010 Appointed Editor-in-Chief. Murphy Professor and McCormick Distinguished Professor of Computational Mechanics Editor-in-Chief.html http://onlinelibrary.wikipedia. Murphy Professor of Computational Mechanics. 1997-2002 Walter P. “Multiscale Analysis of Failure. 1. 1977-1991 Professor of Structural http://www.26/Author/1775944/ted-belytschko http://amresearch. Mechanics. such as molecular and continuum models.http://65. April 2. He is also using molecular mechanics to study the fracture and behavior of nanotubes and developing methods for coupling heterogeneous subdomains.

2002 U. elected 1978 Fellow. Association for Computational Mechanics. U. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Conf. (197686). of Mechanical Engineers. International Journal of Computational Methods. 1977 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal. International Association for Computational Mechanics (2002. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (1977-1997) Editorial Boards. H-index: H70 Named in ISI Database of 93 most highly cited engineering researchers – 2000/2001 4th most cited researcher in engineering in past decade. Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering (1994-present). Computers and Structures (1990-present). Ecole Normale. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 2001. Multiscale Computational Engineering (2002. Engineering Computations. Japanese Soc. (2003-present) Editor. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1997 ICES Medal (Int. on Computational Engineering and Sciences). National Academy of Engineering. (Jan. 1994 AIAA/ASCE ASCE Structural Dynamics and Materials Award. Assn for Computational Mechanics. International Journal of Solids and Structures (2005– present). American Society of Mechanical Engineers ISI citation record (as of 1/1/2010) 16. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. ISI. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.present) Chairman. January 2005 . January 2004 Named in original ISI Database of 200 most highly cited researchers in their field – 2000/2001 John von Neumann Medal. Paper Selection Committee.INSA. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. “Large Deformation AtomisticBased Continuum Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes. 1999 Honorary Doctorate. 2004 Associate Editor. International Congress for Theoretical & Applied Mechanics. SIAM series on Computational Science and Engineering (2006 – 2009). (2003 -present) .983 citations. 20052006 NSF Panel on Simulation Based Engineering Science. Department of Mechanical Engineering. 1975 Fellow. International Journal for Computer-aided Structural and Mechanical Engineering. S.S. 1997 Computational Mechanics Award. 1986-1997) 1986-present). 1965-1968 First in class. 2002. (1984-present). (1990-present). Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing(1990-present). U. ASCE. Computational Mechanics. 1965 PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Editor-in-Chief. 2004 Vice President of the Americas. San Diego. elected 1992 Gauss Newton Medal. Lyon. Interaction and Multiscale Mechanics (2007 – present) Review Committee. (1977-1981). April 2003 Structural Computational Mechanics Award.” co-authored with Dr. Manufacturing Engineering Review (1991-present). 2006 – present) International Associate Editor. University of Liege. U. (1980-1997) Editor. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. August 2001 Theodore Von Karman Medal. 2008. American Society of Civil Engineers. Nuclear Engineering and Design. presented by ASME. Nuclear Engineering and Design. Marino Arroyo. 1999 Melvin Baron Medal. International Assn for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology. (formerly Microcomputers in Civil Engineering. (1977-1981). International Journal of Computational Methods (2004-). elected 1989 NDEA Fellow.S.S. elected 1979 Fellow. U. Paris 2004 ASME/Boeing 2003 Structures & Materials Award for Best Paper. American Association for Advancement of Science. Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures. (Jan. University California.S.present). 1. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering. Structural Mechanics Software Series. Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica (1997-present). American Academy of Mechanics. (1984-present). Shock and Vibration Information Analysis Center. (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon) September 2006 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 1990 Thomas Jaeger Prize. Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (formerly Mechanics of Cohesive-Frictional Materials and Structures (1995-present). 1983 Walter Huber Research Prize. American Academy of Mechanics. (1997-present) Honorary Editor. Engineering with Computers.present) Editor. 1997 Honorary Doctorate. (January 1984-1998) President.present Co-Chairman. International Association for Computational Mechanics Timoshenko Medal. IIT. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

U. 16th European Conference of Fracture (ECF16) (2003-2006) Scientific Advisory Board.S. Chicago) Chairman. Advisory Board. Applied Mechanics Division. ASME. International Scientific Committee. Tokyo. 2010 (2008 . Engineering Mechanics Division. Colorado) Director.2005) Chairman. International Scientific Committee of the Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics. August 1981. Association for Computational Mechanics. Advisory Committee of PACAM XI (January 4-8. Scientific Committee for the 2003 International Workshop on Meshfree Methods. Planning Committee for National Earthquake Hazard Models. 8th National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM8) (2003. ECCOMAS 2012. (August 1979.present) Scientific Committee.COMPLAS 2007. (2003 – present) Scientific Advisory Board. Technical Program Committee for Joint ASME/ASCE Mechanics Conference. (1985). (1981. Journal of Applied Mechanics. Spain Scientific Committee.2005) Scientific Advisory Board.S. Applied Mechanics Division. Germany (2008-present) Member. ASME. ESCO 2008 Member. Japan (2007-present) Member. 9th International Conference on Computational Plasticity . China 2004 (2003-2004) Technical Advisory Panel. Brazil – (2008-present) Member. EASEC International Advisory Committee (EASEC-ISC). Advisory Scientific Committee (ASC). Spain. Foz do Iguaçu. Fourth European Conference on Computational Mechanics (Solids.S. ASCE. Society of Engineering Science. (2006-present) Member of the new session of the International Advisory Editorial Board (IAEB) on Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica (2000) Member of the Board of Visitors of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM-VII) (2004. (1977-1991) Member. VII International Conference on Computational Plasticity. 10th National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM-X) (2007) Scientific Committee. Aachen. (June 1981. Scientific Committee. 2000-present Nominated as a Member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics 1/28/00 Member of the International Advisory Committee of the 15th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems (FEF09). Scientific Committee for the 2001 International Workshop on Meshfree Methods. (1978-1980) Chairman. (1990-1991) President. Berlin. Barcelona. Chuo University. National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. International Advisory Board of ECCM 2010. American Society of Civil Engineers Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. SACAM ’04 (2003. Seminar on "Fluid-Structure Interaction of LWR System" and related titles.Associate Editor. (1979-1985 and 1990-1991) Associate Editor. Case School of Engineering External Strategic Advisory Committee (2004 . International Advisory Committee of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM'08) – (2007–present) Member. Chairman. Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology Conference. (1985-1995) U. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Division Coordinator. (1981-1982) Chairman. Paris. Paris. Illinois Institute of Technology. Applied Mechanics Reviews. Committee for Earthquake Engineering Facilities and Instrumentation. Boulder. Bonn. 4th South African Conference on Applied Mechanics.2004) Member. Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering). Division B: Thermal and Fluid Structure Dynamic Analysis. Underground Structures Technology. 10th International Conference on Computational Structures Technology. (1990) Chairman. (1992-1994) U. Beijing. Germany Member. (1984). Vienna. Complas 2003. September .1984). Austria (2009 – present) Member. Editorial Board. Germany Member. ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on the XFEM from 28th to 30th of September 2009. Bonn. Computational Methods in Applied Mechanics Committee. May 16-21. Computational Methods Committee. 2010). (2008-) Member. Predictive Engineering Science Panel (PESP) for Sandia National Laboratories (2008 – present) Member. CMM 2009 Member. August 1983. Valencia. (1978-81) Charter Member. National Research Council Committees: Computational Mechanics Committee. (2006-present) Member. 2004 WCCM6 MiniSymposium on Meshfree Methods. International Scientific Committee. (1988-1997) Member. Scientific Committee. CST2008 Athens Editorial Board (2007–present) Member. Particle-Based Methods Conference (PARTICLES 2009).) Member of the International Scientific Committee of ICHMM-2008 (2006-present) Member of the International Scientific Committee for the first Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (2000) Member.

of Workshop on Nonlinear Wave Propagation (1979) T. K. East Hartford. CED-Vol. Detroit.(Merritt . Ltd. Switzerland (1989) A. 1 (1988) W. Elmepress International. Columbus.). IIT Research Institute. Chicago. Ting. Iowa (1977-1979).M." Nuclear Engineering and Design. 1-2 (1986) T. Washington (1968). 2011 (2010-present) CONSULTANCIES Argonne National Laboratory. Korea. International Scientific Committee. New York (1977) T. K. Chichester. Science Applications. Vol. Illinois (1970). C. East Hartford. Siemens. Spain October 2011 (2010-present) Member. Amsterdam. U.J. Park. COMPLAS XI. Computational Methods for Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems. Belytschko and T. K. France (1976). Vol. Belytschko. ICHMM 2011. Belytschko. Innovative Methods for Nonlinear Problems. Illinois (1972-present). Germany (1975-1978). John Deere. J. Michigan (1974-1978). Clifton and T. (1984) S. T. J. (1990) BOOKS. T. Waterloo. 3. IL (1974-1977). J. ECCOMAS Thematic Conference. Inc. Rock Island. and B. 55. Fistedis. May 2010 (2009 – present) Member. Amsterdam (1983) W.2010 (2009 – present) Member. Reddy. Adaptive Methods. Computational Methods for Transient Analysis. Nos. John Wiley & Sons. United Technologies Research Center. Vol. J. "ALE Finite Elements with Hydrodynamic Lubrication for Metal Forming. Westinghouse Advanced Reactor Division (1980-present). Aizawa. Belytschko. Connecticut (19771980). General Motors. ASME.S. ASME. and W. special issue of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering North-Holland. Belytschko and K.. Fluor Pioneer Service and Consulting. K. L. Hanford. Shanghai.. K. Illinois (1968-1970).G. The Third International Conference of Heterogeneous Materials Mechanics. California (1980-present). Hughes. Inc. Paris. No. Belytschko. Illinois (1968-1977). Battelle Memorial Laboratories. Erlanger. Lausanne. R. 1 (1992) T. Pineridge Press.present) Member.. ChongMing Island. Swansea. Belytschko. 138. Simo. Chicago. Jeju Island. Amsterdam. Scientific Committee. Spain September 2011 (2010.S. R. A. Liu. Amsterdam. California (1977-1981). T. Ohio (1980-present).B. N o. Inc. N. W. Engineering Systems International. Osias and P. Atluri. 14. Army-Rock Island Arsenal. Liu. Oakland. Sargent & Lundy Engineers. Marcal. Belytschko and J. Connecticut (1975-1985). Defense Nuclear Agency (1973-present). T. Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures. Belytschko. Technical Advisory Panel.Holland. New York (1989) T. Topical Issue Dedicated to Dr. Computational Mechanics of Probabilistic and Reliability Analysis. Illinois (1975). Barcelona. R. Pratt-Whitney Aircraft. ASME. AMD-Vol.. Palo Alto. Defense Intelligence Agency (1981-1985). CHAPTERS IN BOOKS AND SPECIAL ISSUES OF JOURNALS (EDITED) T. Moran. AMD-Vol. National Regulatory Commission (1984-1980).. Argonne. K. Stanley H. North-Holland Physics. Chicago. North-Holland Physics Publishing. Woolley. Belytschko. China. J. V. Oden and J. T. Noor. C. Analytical and Computational Models of Shells. Geers. Proc. U. California (1975-1980). MacNeal Schwendler (1984-1989).Cases. Atlantic Richfield. May 22-26. N. 106. Redlands. Stanford Research Institute. PARTICLES 2011. Chicago. special issue of Nuclear Engineering and Design. Liu. Finite Element Analysis of Transient Nonlinear Structural Behavior. Co. Barcelona. North. I. New York (1975) T. U. The First International Conference on Advances in Interaction and Multiscale Mechanics (AIMM'10). 26. England (2000) . Advisory Scientific Committee. Belytschko and T. Liu and T. BDM Inc.

editors. Mathisen. and K. a very witty and brilliant Timoshenko medallist chose his autobiography as the topic. Berlin. I have enjoyed many of the talks. J. Chessa. T. Belytschko. personal integrity. J. But I quickly decided not to make mine autobiographical because I still remember that when I was program chairman.D. “Discontinuous Radial Basis Function Approximations for Meshfree Methods” in Meshfree Methods for Partial Differential Equations II.” in Computational Mechanics – Theory and Practice. Belytschko. Ltd. Phil came from Brown. Phil also gave us some maxims that you might find useful. T. 4-5 September. never even dreaming that I would get the Timoshenko medal. Germany (2005) A.” in Meshfree Methods for Partial Differential Equations. So I will not give an autobiography. Okstad. John Wiley & Sons. CIMNE.M. Den Hartog responded that he did not think that this work was something the world was waiting for. One was: "Any research worth doing is worth doing well. and when he wrote his study up as a report. editors. Michael Griebel and Marc Alexander Schweitzer. Xu. G. but it is interesting that many of the papers I did not think much of had some impact. Michael Griebel and Marc Alexander Schweitzer. Combescure. a former member of the Executive Committee who is sitting at the center table. I noticed that many of the talks were autobiographical. “The extended finite element method for arbitrary discontinuities. 2006. Google Ted Belytschko Northwestern) 2001 ASME Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Speech by Ted Belytschko Well I have been sitting in the audience of Applied Mechanics dinners for more than 30 years now. advisor. He was only eighteen by 10 PM. T. The most important teacher in any research career is the Ph. Timoshenko replied-"How many publications that have appeared in the literature do you think the world was waiting for?" One outcome was that I proceeded to publish too many papers. The Netherlands (2007) J. Kvamsdal. which I have found even more useful. Den Hartog had worked for Timoshenko one summer. Xu. Springer Verlag. went something like this: "Academic paperwork has to be done. and the joys of a career in research and teaching.M. Springer Verlag. editors. Dordrecht. I still vividly remember one of the first talks I heard by Den Hartog. trained by William Prager.. A First Course in Finite Elements. Xu and J. Belytschko. de Borst. Chichester. those days every Timoshenko lecturer could still start with a reminiscence of their contact with Timoshenko. Belytschko. but it is usually not worth doing well. but I would like to say a few words about my teachers. and I was at the edge of my chair because I was Program Chairman and the union crew that was waiting at the doors of the banquet hall to clean up. Germany (2000) T. Fish. who many of you know and who was also advisor of Carl Herakovich. IUTAM Symposium on Discretization Methods for Evolving Discontinuities: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held in Lyon. My advisor was Phil Hodge. Spain (2004).T. and he taught us many things: the importance of clarity and conciseness. “New Methods for Discontinuity and Crack Modeling in EFG. J. Belytschko. K. Berlin. Timoshenko told him to submit it for publication. T. editors. Zi. G. In preparing this talk. France. and heard many nuggets of wisdom to guide me in research and life. whereas many that I liked had no impact ." The other." . Barcelona. England (2007) PUBLISHED PAPERS (hundreds of archived papers. R. Ventura.

such as Jim Rice and John Hutchinson. Perhaps even the name of our division is no longer appropriate." Now it is difficult to ascertain to what to exactly ascribe this decline. Ernie was quite different from Phil-whereas Phil trudged to the computer center every day with a box of cards for his daily run. There have been a few attempts at this. This one of the most talented groups in analytic thinking in the world and the closed form solutions that have been produced by this group have provided the basic understanding of a host of important phenomena. the name is not appealing to younger people-most young people starting careers in research and teaching want a more attractive name. a superjock if it required two or more boxes -Ernie disdained to even type. For many years. I will address only two facets of thinking big persistently-what it means for young people. but we still included those days you were a computer jock if your computer cards filled one box.My other mentor was Ernie Masur. So maybe we should look at another name-it was very . composites. but has had tremendous impact on our society." There were many precepts in his talk that I found very appealing. has almost shrunk to zero. we almost never talk to the upper echelons of NSF or Congressional staffers. during this time. This is astounding when one considers the impact of this Division on basic knowledge. which is still the best place for research support and supports many pure and applied fields very generously. but I have long felt that it is not strictly due to external forces. saying that gentlemen did not type. and most dynamicists are in other places. but they always seem to wane. and what it means for our society. I believe it stems from our lack of self knowledge. the research of this group has continued to flower: the impact of this Division on the applied and theoretical issues of engineering and science has been simply amazing. funding from NSF. though wit. First let me address the Applied Mechanics Division. like principles. can’t be taught A Timoshenko talk I really enjoyed was Roshko's talk "Think Small. He also had a great sense of humor. the finite element method have either originated here or owe a large part of their development to this Division. most of us are not really engineers-much of our work is indistinguishable from physics or from materials science. this Division has attempted to represent fields that were no longer a part of it. but some of the things I will say echo what he said. our lack of identity and our reluctance to sell ourselves. the Applied Mechanics Division. For one thing." Now you might think I am contradicting him. Over the thirty years that I have been associated with this Division.the fluid mechanicians have departed for the American Physical Society. but we still pretend that it is part of our Division. like computer science. so I have decided to take a similar vein but call it "Think Big Persistently. the theory of plasticity (which really underlies almost all rational nonlinear material models). But Ernie had impeccable taste and a terrific nose for what he called "substance". they don't want to be confused with those who fix their cars. Fracture mechanics. but as a Division. have actually hired lobbyists to plead their cause. micromechanics. Furthermore. rank with the most important in materials science. and he taught me to recognize the substance from the chaff. and that is why I have added that we must think big persistently-the benefits of interactions do not come overnight Another source of our difficulties is our fuzzy self-identity. who was Chair in my first position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Yet. Many disciplines. I often say that: “A good closed form solution is worth a thousand of computations. basic knowledge that is not only intellectually beautiful. I might add that although I am a computational mechanician. I daresay the contributions of some members of the Applied Mechanics Division.

the accolades go to the former.” It is also crucial for the success of this Division that we nurture our young researchers. What should such a name be? I have asked a number of people. There are 10. This is really quite absurd.” He suggested we would then go by the acronym SMEC. Lalit Anand. and identify the emerging fields and important problems. a former member of the Executive Committee. NSF and other funding agencies.our purpose is to teach and do research. so the program was quickly shelved. and I think we should have a strong voice. right at the top of your annual report is your dollars spent.I hear he never brought in 100k per year. Some would not even give it an attempt. and money is only a means to that end. If this trend continues. New and World Report ratings. My preference is "Science and Engineering of Solids" -SES. I fortunately stumbled into nonlinear finite elements through my consulting work early in my career-I wrote a crash code in 1971 when a visionary in DOT initiated a research program by selling the idea that crash testing could be replaced by computer simulation. Everyone seems to have become obsessed with the U. Mathematics has just won a commitment for a fourfold increase in funding through such long-term efforts) My second theme pertains to young people. To highlight the importance of working on new problems. You have to talk with many people. but if we can think big and persistently. because they consider it sacrilegious. in which money plays a dominant role. the Noble Prize winner who discovered the background radiation that underpins the big bang theory: “ there are two types of scientists: 2% discover new things and blaze new frontiers. and that we get a name that accurately reflects what we do and what we have done! But more important. why it is important. To think big is to look for important problems at the cutting edge. computers were so slow that even a 500 element simulation (500. the volume of money supersedes all other factors in a professor’s promotions and recognition. But it gave me the opportunity to do some work in a new area that had considerable impact. it needs to be done persistently.000 are customarily used today) cost more than a test. Well at that time. proposed “Solid and Mechanical Engineering and Sciences. I think that we must de-emphasize the role of money in our promotion criteria. (for example. since a university does not exist to make money. I think it is high time we recognize that we are scientist as well as engineers. We have now reached the point where in many schools. I can see two young assistant professor talking one day and wondering: "What is the fuss over Einstein all about?. the Executive Committee and its past members should be in constant contact with people at Congressional staffers.our future obviously lies with them. to whom I would like to give some advice based on my past successes and mistakes. Too many young researchers choose their topics by reading a paper and seeing how they can extend it. I quote Arno Penzien. But in many places. and what we can do for the country.S.” So I think we ought to persistently remind our administrators that our goals are not to bring in money. In this. read both the literature of your disciplines and other fields. Administrators have incorporated indirect funds into operating budgets. the other 98% fix up their mistakes. It will be a big job to bring this to an end. and have much improved their image with the public. This can not be a one-shot effort. so they are becoming addicted to large research fund flows. who changed their name to geotechnical engineering. we can at least moderate this.beneficial for soils engineers.that is not how the important problems are found. We have to let them know what we do.000 of us in ASME and more in ASCE. .

my students and post-docs. Zdenek Bazant. who were so instrumental in my winning this award. Isaac Daniel. and Justine. nanomechanics. and John Rudnicki (we have the best group in the world. Brian Moran. my wife Gail and my children Peter. collegiality and competitiveness have helped me immensely). cellular mechanics. Wing Kam Liu. particularly Tom Hughes and Tinsley Oden. Jian Cao. computer simulation. and many that are only barely visible on the horizon today. and my professional colleagues. To conclude. we must do the things that need to be done persistently.There are tremendous opportunities for us in emerging fields such as micromechanics. biomechanics. Jan Achenbach. I would like to thank my family. But to enjoy these. Nicole. my colleagues at Northwestern in the field of mechanics. Cate Brinson. . and their collaboration.