Robert J. Melosh Medal

Presented annually to the best student paper on finite element analysis

Robert J. Melosh

Since 1989, the Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition has provided a forum for young engineers and researchers to present their work to and interact with leaders in the field of computational mechanics.

The award honors Prof. Melosh—a pioneering researcher in finite element methods and former chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Duke. The Melosh Medal was established in view of his body of work, and aims to reflect his dedication to the education of engineers.

Winners receive the Robert J. Melosh Medal and a $500 honorarium. Their names are inscribed on a plaque displayed in Hudson Hall.


2021 Contest

A hybrid 32nd Annual Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the Best Student Paper on Finite Element Analysis will be held October 21-22, 2021.

The deadline to submit an extended abstract is August 6, 2021:

How to Enter


Past Winners

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Past Winners

2020

  • Stein Stoter
    Institute of Mechanics and Computation Mechanics, Leibniz University Hannover

2019

  • Dewen Yushu
    University of Notre Dame

2018

  • Andreas Krischok, Stanford University
  • Vidyasagar, California Institute of Technology

2017

  • Heng Chi, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Matthias Mayr, Technical University of Munich

2016

 Maruti Kumar Mudunuru, University of Houston

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