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Professor Ted Belytschko

Walter P. Murphy Professor and
McCormick Professor of Computational Mechanics
Northwestern University

Ted Belytschko's main interests lie in the development of computational methods for engineering problems. He has developed explicit finite element methods that are widely used in crashworthiness analysis and virtual prototyping. Recently, he has worked on meshfree methods, techniques for representing arbitrary discontinuities in finite elements and multiscale coupling methods. He is co-author of the book "Nonlinear Finite Element Methods for Continua and Structures" with W.K. Liu and B. Moran (2000) and co-author of the book "A First Course in Finite Elements" with J. Fish (2007). He is an editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. He has received the Timoshenko Medal from the ASME, the Gauss-Newton Medal from the International Association for Computational Mechanics, the von Neumann Medal of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, the von Karman medal from ASCE, and several other medals and awards. He has received honorary Doctorates from the University of Liege, the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, and the Ecole Centrale-Paris. In 2003, he was listed as the 6th most cited researcher in engineering and 7th most cited in computer science; in 2004, he was listed as 4th most cited researcher in engineering in past decade (ISI). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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