Biography

Tarek I. Zohdi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chair of the Designated Emphasis Program in Computational and Data Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley (2012-present), and holder of the W. C. Hall Family Endowed Chair in Engineering. His main research interests are in modeling, simulation, and optimization of nonconvex multiscale-multiphysics problems for industrial applications. He has published over 180 archival refereed journal papers and seven books. 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) from the German government for his research in the area of computational mechanics.