Join us and celebrate the 30th anniversary of establishment of the Center for Computational Mechanics
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30 years

The Center for Computational Mechanics was founded in 1974 in order to provide Washington University Researchers with a focus for performing research into the newly-formed area of using computational tools to solve problems in Applied Mechanics. Dr. Barna Szabo, the founder of the Center, had developed interest in the convergence of finite-element codes from a rigorous mathematical perspective. He was joined by applied mathematicians and mechanicians to form a critical mass of expertise to tackle this problem. The result has been the development of rigorously-based, p-version finite-element codes.

Shortly after the Center was formed, it also became clear that some problems the Center had been studying (such as coupler override in tank car accidents) involved dynamics as well as structural mechanics. Thus, Dr. David Peters joined the Center in 1975 to study computational dynamics. His research considered rail car dynamics as well as other dynamic issues such as rotorcraft aeroelasticity. That work developed finite elements methodology that treated space and time as a unified, finite-element domain.

From those beginnings, the Center has fostered research in a number of computational areas over the past thirty years and has been a place of nurture for mature researchers, young professors, and graduate students. We are proud to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary this year.

In celebration of this anniversary, a banquet dinner was held at the Whittemore House on Saturday, April 9, 2005.

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