Bazilevs to receive ASME’s Gustus L. Larson Award

Yuri BazilevsYuri Bazilevs, E. Paul Sorensen Professor of Engineering at Brown University, has been selected to receive the 2020 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and Pi Tau Sigma. The prestigious award is presented to an engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering, within ten to twenty years following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related field.

Bazilevs works in the general area of computational mechanics, engineering, and sciences. He develops advanced fluid-structure interaction (FSI) methods and tools to build predictive models for a wide range of applications in mechanics. He is also one of the original developers of Isogeometric Analysis, a new computational methodology that aims to bridge the gap between Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Bazilevs’ work addresses complex problems in the areas of renewable energy, such as assessing damage to wind turbines due to extreme conditions in harsh offshore environments; air-blast fluid-structure interaction for assessing the response of structures to terrorist attacks; and biomechanics and medicine, such as hemodynamics in blood vessels and the heart, as well as medical devices including blood pumps and artificial hearts.

He has continuously been named a Highly Cited Researcher since 2014, a list which recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top one percent by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Bazilevs has published more than 150 journal papers which have been cited more than 28,500 times in Google Scholar.

Prior to arriving at Brown in 2018, he was professor and vice chair in the structural engineering (SE) department, and an adjunct professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) department, in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He joined UCSD as an assistant professor in July of 2008, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in July 2012, and, subsequently, to full professor in July 2014. Bazilevs completed his Ph.D. and postdoc training, in 2006 and 2008, respectively, at the University of Texas, Austin's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).

Bazilevs was elected a fellow of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) in 2015, and in 2018 was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. Previously, he was named an ASME Applied Mechanics Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award and a USACM Gallagher Young Investigator Award winner. In 2011, he was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

The Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award presentation to Bazilevs, normally conducted during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, will be announced at a later date.