Ivo Babuška earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Technical University of Prague and his D.Sc in mathematics from the Czechoslovakia Academy of Sciences.
He is professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, professor of mathematics, Oden Institute senior research scientist, and a member of the Oden Institute Multiscale Modeling Group. He holds the Robert B. Trull Chair in Engineering. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, European Academy of Sciences, and Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic. Babuška is noted for his studies of the finite element method (FEM) and proof of the Babuška-Lax-Milgram theorem in partial differential equations.
In Spring 2016, Professor Babuška was named the first recipient of the W. A. "Tex'' Moncrief, Jr., Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Computational Sciences.
One celebrated result of FEM is the Babuška-Brezzi (BB) condition, which provides sufficient conditions for a stable mixed formulation. This has guided mathematicians and engineers to develop state-of-the-art formulations for technologically important problems like Darcy flow, Stokes flow, incompressible Navier-Stokes, and nearly incompressible elasticity. He is also known for his work on adaptive methods and the p-, hp-versions of FEM. In addition, he developed the mathematical framework for the partition of unity methods.
He has published more than 300 papers in refereed mathematics and engineering journals, more than 80 proceedings papers, and eight books; he is a highly cited author according to www.isihighlycited.com and serves on more than 15 boards of scientific journals and publications.
Among his numerous awards and recognitions are five honorary doctorates, the Birkhoff Prize from the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Congress Medal from the International Association on Computational Mechanics, the John von Neumann Medal from the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Bolzano Medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences.