Robert J. Melosh Medal
Presented annually to the best student paper on finite element analysis
The Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition was inaugurated in 1989 to honor 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 Prof. Melosh's dedication to the education of young engineers and researchers by providing a forum to present their work, and interact with each other and with leading researchers in the field.
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 $500 honorarium.
The competition is conducted in two phases.
Phase 1: Review
Extended abstracts are submitted in January. These are then reviewed by a panel of distinguished researchers in computational mechanics.
Phase 2: Symposium
The top six papers are selected as finalists, and their student authors are invited to participate in 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 in spring 2019.
How to Enter
Answer our annual Call for Papers:
The names of winners of this award are inscribed on a plaque displayed in Hudson Hall.
- Andreas Krischok, Stanford University
- Vidyasagar, California Institute of Technology
- Heng Chi, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Matthias Mayr, Technical University of Munich
- Maruti Kumar Mudunuru, University of Houston
- Maurizio Chiaramonte, Stanford University
- Phani Motamarri, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Ju Liu, University of Texas, Austin
- Daniel Hurtado, Caltech
- Phanish Suryanarayana, Caltech
- Robert B. Gracie, Northwestern University
- Ludovic Chamoin, ENS de Cachan
- Irina Kalashnikova, Stanford University
- Michael Hain, Leibniz University Hannover
- Vikram Gavini, Caltech
- Honayoun Heidari, North Carolina State University
- Mahmoud I. Hussein, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
- Juan Pablo Pontaza, Texas A&M University
- Prasanna Raghavan, Ohio State University
- Ulrich Hetmaniuk, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Xiaonong Meng, Duke University
- Aleksander Czekanski, University of Toronto
- John E. Dolbow, Northwestern University
- Serge Prudhomme, University of Texas, Austin
- Jerome M. Solberg, University of California, Berkeley
- David C. Winkler, University of Connecticut
- Victor G. Oancea, Duke University
- James R. Stewart, Stanford University
- Jinmiao Zhang, Ohio State Univerisity
- Bhaskar Joshi, University of Saskatchewan
- C.R. Swaminathan, University of Minnesota
- Alonso Pena, I.T.E.S.M. Monterrey, Mexico
- Juan B. Sainz, I.T.E.S.M. Monterrey, Mexico
- Ricardo F. Barbosa, University of Illinois
- H. Allison Smith, Duke University
- R.G. Wan, University of Alberta