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
  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5075
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  • 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 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 531: Finite Element Methods for Problems in Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zorrilla, R., R. Rossi, G. Scovazzi, C. Canuto, and A. Rodríguez-Ferran. “A shifted boundary method based on extension operators (Accepted).” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 421 (March 1, 2024).
  • Yang, C. H., K. Saurabh, G. Scovazzi, C. Canuto, A. Krishnamurthy, and B. Ganapathysubramanian. “Optimal surrogate boundary selection and scalability studies for the shifted boundary method on octree meshes.” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 419 (February 1, 2024).
  • Li, K., J. G. Michopoulos, A. Iliopoulos, J. C. Steuben, and G. Scovazzi. “Complex-geometry simulations of transient thermoelasticity with the Shifted Boundary Method.” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 418 (January 1, 2024).
  • Errante, M., M. Klein, A. Ferrero, F. Larocca, G. Scovazzi, and M. Germano. “Mixed Averaging Procedures.” Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, January 1, 2024.
  • Collins, J. H., A. Lozinski, and G. Scovazzi. “A penalty-free Shifted Boundary Method of arbitrary order.” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 417 (December 15, 2023).