Bazilevs receives 2021 ASME Materials Division Centennial Mid-Career Award

Yuri BazilevsBrown's E. Paul Sorensen Professor of Engineering Yuri Bazilevs has been selected to receive the 2021 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Materials Division Centennial Mid-Career Award “for outstanding contributions to the development of computational methods for wide range materials and material systems, with particular emphasis on their mechanical behavior and their use in application of contemporary engineering interest and significance.”

The award was established in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Materials Division. The annual award recognizes impactful contributions of mid-career researchers in technical areas at the interface of materials and mechanics. Recipients must be between 10 and 20 years of receiving their Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Formal presentation of the Materials Division Centennial Mid-Career Award will take place during the 2021 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) on November 1-4, 2021, which will be conducted virtually.

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 (IGA), a 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.

In 2020, Bazilevs received the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award from ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, presented to an engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within 10 to 20 years following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related field. 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 160 journal papers which have been cited more than 31,500 times in Google Scholar. He has co-authored two books, one on IGA and one on FSI.

Bazilevs is a leading figure in the computational and applied mechanics communities. Since July 2020 he has served as the Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of the ASME and as the President of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, the flagship professional associations for applied and computational mechanicians, respectively. In 2021, he was appointed a member of the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM). The USNC/TAM was established in 1949 to represent the United States in international scientific activities relating to the field of mechanics.

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.