Argyris Visiting Professorship 2020 for Michael Ortiz

October 13, 2020 / Sabine Sämisch

Since 2014, the Argyris Visiting Professorship honors internationally renowned scientists from Germany and abroad, who are outstanding representatives of their discipline in the field of simulation science. In 2020, Michael Ortiz, the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, is awarded with the Argyris Visiting Professorship from the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science at the University of Stuttgart.

"It is with great pleasure that we finally can announce Michael Ortiz as this year’s awardee for the Argyris Visiting Professorship. Being a SimTech Senior Fellow since 2011, Michael has a long-standing and firm connection to SimTech and its members. With his current research focus on data-driven computational mechanics, he acts at the core of SimTech's research paradigm of data-integrated simulation science. We are thus delighted to confer SimTech's 2020 Argyris Visiting Professorship to Michael Ortiz and look forward to various interactions and collaborations in the diverse and inspiring field of data-integrated simulation science“, announces SimTech spokesperson Thomas Ertl this year’s decision.

Michael Ortiz has been one of the world's leading figures in the field of applied and computer-oriented mechanics for decades. In recent years, he has increasingly turned to data-driven methods of computer-oriented mechanics. Here, he developed a formalism that integrates the response behavior of materials into a continuum mechanical model exclusively by means of data points, thus making the formulation, calibration and evaluation of a material model superfluous. The methodology developed by Michael Ortiz has since been known under the term "data-driven computational mechanics” and has caused quite a stir in the scientific community. His original publication from 2017 has led to a large number of papers and numerous citations from various working groups.

"Michael Ortiz is a leading researcher at the forefront of computational solid mechanics. He has made various seminal contributions to the field of mechanics, including variational formulations, discretization methods as well as advanced computational models of inelastic material response across several length and time scales. Recently, he formulated a new paradigm of data-driven computational mechanics, which makes him an even greater inspiration for SimTech.”, Marc-André Keip, Institute of Applied Mechanics (CE) and PR in the Cluster of Excellence SimTech, explains his reasons for nominating Michael Ortiz.

We are extremely glad to welcome Michael Ortiz as SimTech's Argyris Visiting Professor 2020 in Stuttgart and look forward to vivid discussions and fruitful collaborations. Michael Ortiz will be staying in Stuttgart from the beginning of October until the end of December and present his research during a public Argyris lecture. So far, there is neither a set date nor format for that lecture due to the given circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as the date is fixed, we will inform you on our website and our social media channels.

Biographical Sketch

Professor Ortiz received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1984-1995 he held a faculty position in the Division of Engineering of Brown University, where he carried out research activities in the fields of mechanics of materials and computational solid mechanics. He is currently the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been in the faculty since 1995 and where he has served as the director of Caltech’s DoE/PSAAP Center on High-Energy Density Dynamics of Materials from 2008-2013. Professor Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech, Midwest and Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Distinguished Speaker, an elected member-at-large of the US Association for Computational Mechanics and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Technical University of Munich. He is a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Professor Ortiz is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists, the IACM International Computational Mechanics Awards for Research, the USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award, the ISI Highly Cited Researcher Award, the inaugural 2008 Rodney Hill Prize conferred every four years by the IUTAM and 2015 Timoshenko Medal of the ASME. Professor Ortiz has served in the University of California Office of the President Science and Technology Panel, the Los Alamos National Laboratory T-Division Review Committee, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Predictive Science Panel, the Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Sciences External Review Panel, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chemistry, Materials, Earth and Life Sciences Directorate Review Committee, in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Engineering Directorate Review Committee and in the National Research Council Panel for the Evaluation of QMU. He has been editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics of ASCE and of the Journal of Applied Mechanics of the ASME and is presently associate editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Journal.

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