Invited Speakers


Tarek Zohdi
Tarek I. Zohdi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Designated Emphasis Program in Computational and Data Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley (2012-present) and Associate Dean for Post Baccalaureate Programs in the College of Engineering. Previously, he has served as Chair of the Engineering Science Program (2008-2012). He is currently a Chancellors Professor and holder of the W. C. Hall Family Endowed Chair in Engineering. He also holds a Staff Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and an Adjunct Scientist position at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. His main research interests are in industrial simulation and advanced manufacturing processes. He has published over 180 archival refereed journal papers and eight books.  He is an editor of Computational Mechanics and co-founder and editor-in-chief of Computational Particle Mechanics. In the past, he has organized or co-organized over 30 international conferences and workshops and has been appointed/invited to the Scientific Advisory Boards of over 40 international conferences. He was elected President of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics in 2012, and served from 2012 to 2014. Overall, he has given more than 200 plenary, keynote and contributed lectures at conferences, universities and other research institutions. In 2017, he received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award; the highest award for teaching at UC Berkeley. In 2019 he was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM)-only one new Fellow is inducted in the nation and the Americas into the AAM each year:   In 2020, he received the prestigious Humboldt-Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Prize).  
Erdogan Madenci
Erdogan Madenci is a professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona.  He received his B.S. degrees on both mechanical and industrial engineering, and his M.S. degree in applied mechanics from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa in 1980, 1981, and 1982, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from the UCLA in 1987.  Prior to joining the University of Arizona, he worked at Northrop Corporation, Aerospace Corporation, and Fraunhofer Institute.  Also, he worked at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, NASA Langley Research Center, Sandia National Labs and MIT as part of his sabbatical leaves.  He is the lead author of four books on Peridynamic Differential Operator for Numerical Analysis, Peridynamic Theory and Its Applications, The Finite Element Method Using ANSYS, and Fatigue Life Prediction of Solder Joints.  He serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling.  He is a Fellow of ASME and an Associate Fellow of AIAA.
Wolfgang Wall
Wolfgang A. Wall is full Professor and founding director of the Institute for Computational Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Among others he acted as founding director of the Munich School of Engineering and is co-founder of the companies AdCo Engineering GW and Ebenbuild. He received several esteemed awards and serves on a large number of prestigious boards. He currently also serves as Rector of CISM in Udine (Italy) and is member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as well as of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. His research interests can be described as “application motivated fundamental research” in a broad range of areas in computational mechanics, with applications spanning all fields of engineering and the applied sciences, with a special focus on multifield, multiscale and bioengineering problems.
Dieter Weichert
Univ.-Prof. (emerit.) Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Affiliation: RWTH-Aachen U
Born 1948, Studies of Mechanical Engineering, Diploma (RWTH-Aachen) 1973. Dr.-degree 1980 and Habilitation 1986 (Ruhr-University Bochum).
Professional positions: Krupp- Brüninghaus GmbH, Werdohl (CAD/CAM, Organisaton and Data management), Institut des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen.
Academic positions: American University of Beirut, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Institute of General Mechanics, RWTH-Aachen University.  
Honorary positions: Advisory professor Jiaotong University, Beijing, Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
Distinctions: Palmes Académiques (France) – Chevalier (2004) Doctor honoris causa, University of Dnepropetrovsk, UA (2012)
Advising activities: Industrial research and advise, governance of universities, Advisory board Railway Vehicle Operation Engng. Beijing Jiaotong University.
Scientific activities: Solid Mechanics, Inelastic material behavior, Failure of Materials and Structures, Composites, Biomechanics. Author, co-author, editor, co-editor of more than 300 papers and 9 books. Supervised more than 30 PhD-theses.
Stéphane Bordas
University of Luxembourg and Cardiff University
He is the Chair of Computational Mechanics at the University of Luxembourg and at Cardiff University. His goal is to develop computational and data science methods that are common to a variety of problems in science and engineering. Since 2009 when he became a Professor at Cardiff, he has set up a multi-disciplinary team funded in part by the European Research Council, to develop data-driven methods and digital twins. One application of this work is the biomechanics of the brain and the development of surgical simulators. His PhD, awarded by Northwestern University, in 2004 was in theoretical and applied mechanics focusing on the growth of cracks and biofilms.
His team was the first to propose real time error estimators in biomechanics, and has worked in areas ranging from computational archeology, science of science, sociology, farming, computational biomechanics, plasma, and fracture mechanics.
He has supervised and mentored researchers from all around the world who have gone to continue pushing the boundaries of computational mechanics and worked interdisciplinarily in a variety of fields. Their work has been amongst the most cited in computer science and engineering for the past 6 years according to Clarivate Analytics. He is the Editor in Chief of numerous journals, including Advances in Applied Mechanics, which ranks among the top in Computational Mechanics in 2020. His team has attracted over 27 million in third party competitive funding since year 2006.
He’s leading a group of over 30 researchers in Luxembourg and has collaborated with dozens of institutes worldwide and has a very close relationship to India, Taiwan and Vietnam, which he started working with as early as 2006. He has held visiting appointment in a dozen institutions worldwide.
He is also the Chief Scientific Officer of the Startup Arianatech, a made-in-Luxembourg Startup focusing on Risk Management, since year 2020.
Stéphane Bordas is the founding director of the Data and Computational Science Doctoral Programme at the university of Luxembourg, which is currently training about 50 PhD students at the interface between computational science, data science and applications ranging from social to neuroscience.