Tayfun Tezduyar

WEBSITE(S)| Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling | Faculty Profile

Dr. Tezduyar received his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1982. After postdoctoral work at Stanford, he had faculty positions at University of Houston and University of Minnesota. At Minnesota he became a full professor in 1991 and was named Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1997. He was the Director and Principal Investigator of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center from January 1994 to October 1998 and was widely recognized for leading the center to the level of excellence it reached during that period. He joined Rice University in 1998 as James F. Barbour Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He served as chairman of the department from January 1999 to June 2004.

Dr. Tezduyar holds a 1986 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He received the 1997 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1997 Computational Fluid Dynamics Award of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, 1998 Computational Mechanics Award of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, 2012 International Scientific Career Prize of the Argentine Association for Computational Mechanics, 2013 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Association for Computational Mechanics, 2018 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and 2019 Computational Mechanics Award of the Asian Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics.

Dr. Tezduyar was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, US Association for Computational Mechanics, International Association for Computational Mechanics, American Academy of Mechanics, and the School of Engineering at University of Tokyo. He was named Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in both the engineering and computer science categories in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in the cross-field category in 2018. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Slovak Republic. In recognition of research excellence in parachute modeling, Dr. Tezduyar and his research team received the Commander's Educational Award for Excellence from the US Army Soldier Systems Command. Dr. Tezduyar and his research team won in 2012 the First Place Prize of Rice University Centennial Ken Kennedy Institute Research Nugget Competition. He was inducted, as an Eminent Engineer, to Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, Colorado Zeta at US Air Force Academy. Dr. Tezduyar was awarded a visiting professorship at University of Tokyo, a visiting professorship and chair of international cooperation at Tokyo Institute of Technology, multiple visiting professorships at University of Rome, a visiting fellow appointment at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, a professorship at University of Tokyo, a visiting professorship at Waseda University, and a joint professor appointment at Waseda University.

Dr. Tezduyar coauthored a textbook titled Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods and Applications, published by Wiley, with the Japanese translation published by Morikita Publishing Company. He co-translated a book and edited 36 volumes. He published over 250 journal articles indexed by the Web of Science, over 20 other journal articles, over 60 book chapters, and over 170 invited conference papers. Dr. Tezduyar is an Editor of Computational Mechanics (Springer), Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology (Springer), and Surveys in Mathematical Sciences (European Mathematical Society), and an Associate Editor of Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences (World Scientific) and Journal of Mechanics (Cambridge University Press). He is a Series Advisor to Computational Mechanics Series of Wiley. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals. Dr. Tezduyar served as the Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Applied Mechanics Division in 2010-2011, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division in 2006-2011, as a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics in 2002-2014, and as a member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel 2017.

Research Areas

Dr. Tezduyar's areas of research expertise include computational fluid-structure interaction (FSI), cardiovascular FSI, heart valve computational flow analysis, spacecraft parachute FSI, bioinspired flapping-wing aerodynamics, aerodynamics of wind turbines, thermo-fluid analysis of ground vehicles, tires and disk brakes, flow analysis of turbochargers and other turbomachinery, and aerodynamics and structural mechanics of ram-air parachutes. His expertise also includes air circulation and contaminant dispersion, fluid-particle interaction, free-surface and two-fluid flows, moving boundaries and interfaces, computational fluid mechanics, finite element methods, stabilized formulations, multiscale methods, and parallel computing. Dr. Tezduyar pioneered stabilized finite element methods for compressible flows, space-time finite element methods for FSI and fluid-particle interaction, and parachute FSI analysis methods for the nation's new-generation spacecraft program. Dr. Tezduyar and his team brought parachute analysis to a new era in sophistication of the methods developed, reliability of the analysis, and helping with the performance evaluation, test guidance and design of the parachutes. The space-time and FSI methods he pioneered have been powerful and reliable in extensive computational analysis performed by his team and collaborators for challenging biomechanics problems, with emphasis on cardiovascular fluid mechanics, including cerebral aneurysms, aortas and heart valves. With the space-time and FSI methods, his team and collaborators have brought powerful and reliable computational analysis also to many other classes of challenging problems. The classes of problems include bioinspired flapping-wing aerodynamics, wind-turbine aerodynamics, thermo-fluid analysis of ground vehicles, tires and disk brakes, flow analysis of turbochargers and other turbomachinery, and aerodynamics and structural mechanics of ram-air parachutes.

Education

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1978)

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1982)

Dr. h.c., Slovak Republic (2001)