London lecture named for Tinsley Oden

Dr. J. Tinsley Oden

The international Oden Lecture on Computational Science has been established at Brunel University in London. The honor occurred as the university celebrated the 50th anniversary of its triannual Mathematics of Finite Elements and Applications (MAFELAP) conference.

ICES Director J. Tinsley Oden gave the inaugural Oden Lecture at the Engineering Showcase Event of the conference June 14. His wide-ranging talk was entitled "Selection, Calibration, Validation and Implementation of Predictive Computational Models in the presence of Uncertainty."

The conference is organized by the university's Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics. It seeks to bring together those in disciplines whose common interest is finite element methods, and to promote wider awareness throughout the finite element community of the latest developments in the field.

Oden is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), which was created in January of 2003 as an expansion of the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, also directed by Oden for over a decade. The Institute supports broad interdisciplinary research and academic programs in computational engineering and sciences, involving five colleges and 18 academic departments within UT Austin. He also serves as one of the university's associate vice presidents for research, and holds two endowed chairs: the Cockrell Family Regents' Chair in Engineering No. 2, and the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Systems.

An author of over 600 scientific publications: books, book chapters, conference papers, and monographs, Oden is an editor of the series, Finite Elements in Flow Problems and of Computational Methods in Nonlinear Mechanics. Among the 56 books he has authored or edited are Contact Problems in Elasticity, a six-volume series: Finite Elements, An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Finite Elements, and several textbooks, including Applied Functional Analysis and Mechanics of Elastic Structures, A Posteriori Error Estimation in Finite Element Analysis (with M. Ainsworth), and, more recently, An introduction to Mathematical Modeling: A course in Mechanics.

Oden is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a fellow of seven international scientific/technical societies: IACM, AAM, ASME, ASCE, SES, SIAM, and BMIA. He is a fellow, founding member, and first president of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics and a fellow, founding member, and past president of 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, 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 five honorary doctorates.

In 2004, Oden was among the seven UT-Austin engineering faculty listed as the most highly cited researchers in the world from 1981-1999 in refereed, peer-reviewed journals, according to the International Scientific Index. In 2009, Oden was elected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and received both the SIAM Distinguished Service Award and the University Cooperative Society's Career Research Excellence Award. In 2011, Oden received the prestigious SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E Prize) for his outstanding research contributions to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering problems. In 2012, the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics established the J. Tinsley Oden Medal to recognize “outstanding and sustained contribution to computational science, engineering, and mathematics.” Most recently, Oden was honored in Japan as the 2013 Laureate for The Honda Foundation Prize for his role in establishing the field of computational mechanics.

Oden serves as a member of the Predictive Engineering Science Panel (PESP) for Sandia National Laboratories and as a member of the IUTAM Working Party 5 on Computational Mechanics. He serves on numerous organizational, scientific and advisory committees for international conferences and symposiums. He is an editor of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering and serves on the editorial board of 27 scientific journals.

Posted: June 9, 2016