Robert J. Melosh Medal

Robert J. Melosh

The Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition was inaugurated in 1989 to honor Professor Melosh, a pioneering researcher in finite element methods and former chairman of civil and environmental engineering at Duke.

The winner of the competition, as determined on the basis of a submitted extended abstract and oral presentation of the paper, receives the Robert J. Melosh Medal and a $500 honorarium.

The Competition

The competition is conducted in two phases.

Initially, extended abstracts are reviewed by a panel of distinguished researchers in computational mechanics. The next submission deadline is January 16, 2017.

Then, based on this review process, the top six papers are selected as finalists, and their student authors are invited to participate in the second phase of the competition, a symposium at Duke. The symposium features lectures by the members of the distinguished judging panel, as well as talks by all the selected finalists. The next symposium will be held on April 28, 2017.

2017 Call for Papers

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About Prof. Melosh

In a professional career that included working at Boeing, Philco-Ford Laboratory, and MARC Analysis and Research Corporation, as well as teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Duke, he made significant and varied contributions to the finite element method.

The Melosh Medal Competition was established in view of his body of work, and aims to reflect Professor Melosh's dedication to the education of young engineers and researchers by providing a forum for student researchers to present their work and interact with each other and with leading researchers in the field.

Winners

The names of winners of the Robert J. Melosh Medal are inscribed on a plaque displayed in Hudson Hall, and are listed below.

2016 Robert J. Melosh Medal Winner

  • Maruti Kumar Mudunuru, University of Houston

Previous Winners

2015

  • Maurizio Chiaramonte, Stanford University

2014

  • Phani Motamarri, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2013

  • Ju Liu, University of Texas, Austin

2011

  • Daniel Hurtado, Caltech

2010

  • Phanish Suryanarayana, Caltech

2009

  • Robert B. Gracie, Northwestern University

2008

  • Ludovic Chamoin, ENS de Cachan
  • Irina Kalashnikova, Stanford University

2007

  • Michael Hain, Leibniz University Hannover
  • Vikram Gavini, Caltech

2006

  • Honayoun Heidari, North Carolina State University

2005

  • Mahmoud I. Hussein, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

2004

  • Juan Pablo Pontaza, Texas A&M University

2003

  • Prasanna Raghavan, Ohio State University

2002

  • Ulrich Hetmaniuk, University of Colorado, Boulder

2001

  • Xiaonong Meng, Duke University

2000

  • Aleksander Czekanski, University of Toronto

1999

  • John E. Dolbow, Northwestern University

1998

  • Serge Prudhomme, University of Texas, Austin

1997

  • Jerome M. Solberg, University of California, Berkeley

1996

  • David C. Winkler, University of Connecticut

1995

  • Victor G. Oancea, Duke University
  • James R. Stewart, Stanford University

1994

  • Jinmiao Zhang, Ohio State Univerisity

1993

  • Bhaskar Joshi, University of Saskatchewan

1992

  • C.R. Swaminathan, University of Minnesota

1991

  • Alonso Pena, I.T.E.S.M. Monterrey, Mexico
  • Juan B. Sainz, I.T.E.S.M. Monterrey, Mexico

1990

  • Ricardo F. Barbosa, University of Illinois

1989

  • H. Allison Smith, Duke University
  • R.G. Wan, University of Alberta