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Honors and Awards Descriptions

Honors and Awards Descriptions

The United States Association for Computational Mechanics recognizes outstanding research contributions in computational mechanics through:

* The John von Neumann Medal
* The Belytschko Medal [NEW]
* The Thomas J. R. Hughes Medal [NEW]
* The J. Tinsley Oden Medal [NEW]
* The Gallagher Young Investigator Award
* The USACM Fellows Award

The first of the awards, the John von Neumann Medal is the highest award given by USACM. It honors individuals who have made outstanding, sustained contributions in the field of computational mechanics generally over periods representing substantial portions of their professional careers. The medal is normally awarded every two years at the time of the National Congress of the Association.

The Belytschko Medal is given in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to computational solid and/or structural mechanics (CSM). These contributions shall generally be in the form of important research results that significantly advance the understanding of theories and methods impacting CSM. Industrial applications and engineering analysis that advance CSM shall also represent accomplishments worthy of recognition. [This award replaces the former USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award.]

The Thomas J. R. Hughes Medal is given in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to the broad field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). These contributions shall generally be in the form of important research results that significantly advance the understanding of theories and methods impacting CFD. Industrial applications and engineering analyses that advance CFD shall also represent accomplishments worthy of recognition. [This award replaces the former USACM Computational Fluid Mechanics Award.]

The J. Tinsley Oden Medal is given in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to computational science, engineering, and mathematics. These contributions shall be given in the form of important research results that significantly advance the understanding of theories and methods of computational science, engineering, and mathematics that have a broad applicability to computational mechanics. [This award replaces the former USACM Computational and Applied Sciences Award.]

The Gallagher Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers, by researchers of 40 years or younger. Eligibility requires that the nominee not turn 41 in the year the award is presented. The awardee will receive a silver medal, a cash award of $1500, and a plaque which carries a citation of the work for which the awardee is recognized.

The Gallagher medal and cash award are supported by John Wiley & Sons in recognition of Richard H. Gallagher, the founding editor of the "International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering."

The Fellows Award recognizes individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishment and publication in areas of computational mechanics and demonstrated support of the USACM through membership and participation in the Association, its meetings and activities. All recipients shall be members in good standing of USACM. Multiple awards may be given at two-year intervals.