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Yushu receives Melosh Medal

Nina Welding • DATE: June 30, 2019

Dewen Yushu, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Robert J. Melosh Medal. Sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, the Melosh Competition was established in 1989 to honor Melosh, the former chair of the department, for his pioneering research in finite element methods and in appreciation of his dedication to engineering education.

The competition provides a forum for young researchers to present their work while also interacting with leaders in the field of computational mechanics. Each student participant submits an extended abstract of a scientific paper and makes an oral presentation of the paper. The winner receives the medal and a $500 honorarium.

From left to right are the competition judges and finalists: Assistant Professor Johann Guilleminot (Duke University); Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering Mary F. Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin); Siddhant Kumar, finalist and postdoctoral research scholar at ETH Zurich); Dewen Yushu (2019 winner and graduate student at the University of Notre Dame; Shuaifang Zhang (finalist and graduate student at the University of Florida), Professor Guglielmo Scovazzi (Duke University); and Associate Professor Haim Waisman (Columbia University).

A member of the computational physics team in the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM), Yushu was recognized for her paper “Data-driven Multiscale Multigrid Solver, Preconditioner, and Reduced Order Model.”

Yushu’s research encompasses computational science and engineering, multiscale modeling of complex systems, data-driven multigrid solvers and preconditioners, high-performance parallel computing, and model reduction. Her adviser is Professor Karel Matouš, the director of C-SWARM.

Yushu received a bachelor’s in material science and control engineering in 2014 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2018, and is expected to receive her doctorate in mechanical engineering in the fall of 2019.