Guglielmo Scovazzi


Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, complex geometry systems in solid mechanics, and fluid/structure interaction problems.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004

Research Interests

Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences & Kavli Foundation. 2018
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE). US Executive Office of the President (The White House). 2017
  • Early Career Award. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. 2014

Courses Taught

  • CEE 421L: Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Atallah, NM; Canuto, C; Scovazzi, G, The shifted boundary method for solid mechanics, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 122 no. 20 (2021), pp. 5935-5970 [10.1002/nme.6779] [abs].
  • Atallah, NM; Canuto, C; Scovazzi, G, Analysis Of The Shifted Boundary Method For The Poisson Problem In Domains With Corners, Mathematics of Computation, vol 90 no. 331 (2021), pp. 2041-2069 [10.1090/mcom/3641] [abs].
  • Scovazzi, G; Colomés, O; Abboud, N; Veveakis, M; del Castillo, EM; Valiveti, D; Huang, H, A blended transient/quasistatic Lagrangian framework for salt tectonics simulations with stabilized tetrahedral finite elements, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 122 no. 14 (2021), pp. 3489-3524 [10.1002/nme.6671] [abs].
  • Abboud, N; Scovazzi, G, A variational multiscale method with linear tetrahedral elements for multiplicative viscoelasticity, Mechanics Research Communications, vol 112 (2021) [10.1016/j.mechrescom.2020.103610] [abs].
  • Colomés, O; Main, A; Nouveau, L; Scovazzi, G, A weighted Shifted Boundary Method for free surface flow problems, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 424 (2021) [10.1016/] [abs].