Tinsley Oden is Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin. Oden holds the Cockrell Family Regents’ Chair in Engineering and the Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Computer Systems at The University of Texas at Austin. He is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Professor of Mathematics, and Professor of Computer Sciences
Dr. Oden began his research in computational mechanics and applied mechanics in the 1960’s. His treatise, Finite Elements of Nonlinear Continua, published in 1972 and subsequently translated into Russian, Chinese, and Japanese, is cited as having not only demonstrated the great potential of computational methods for producing quantitative realizations of the most complex theories of physical behavior of materials and mechanical systems, but also established a new discipline built upon concepts in mathematics, computer sciences, physics, and mechanics. Computational Mechanics has since become a fundamentally important discipline throughout the world, taught in every major university, and the subject of continued research and intellectual activity. Over 30 national associations devoted to Computational Mechanics have been created worldwide over the last three decades.
Dr. Oden is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as Co-Chairman of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) Panel for Sandia National Laboratories. He is a Member of the IUTAM Working Party 5 on Computational Mechanics and serves on numerous organizational, scientific, and advisory committees for international conferences and symposiums. He is an Editor of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering and serves on the editorial board of 27 scientific journals devoted to applied and computational mathematics and computational science.
Dr. Oden was founding Director of the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, (TICAM) in 1993, which evolved into ICES, established in 2003 and also directed by Oden. ICES has become the leading academic and research institution in computational engineering and sciences in the world, with a graduate degree program in computational science, engineering, and mathematics. 18 research centers and groups devoted to a wide range of subjects in computational science, including cardiovascular engineering life sciences and biology, geosciences, material and molecular sciences and computational modeling of energy and environmental systems. The Institute manages the J. Tinsley Oden Visiting Fellowship Program, a world-renowned program for visiting scholars that has supported over 400 scientists from over 50 countries at CIES since its inception in 1997, and which was named after Oden in 2003. The institute involves over 300 people, including research and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows , visitors, and faculty, the latter drawn from 17 participating departments and four schools and colleges.
Oden serves on several national and state boards and panels. He chaired the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel on Simulation Based Engineering Science, which has had a profound impact on setting research agendas worldwide. He is a member of the NSF Advisory Committee on CyberInfrastructure, the Department of Energy Committee on the Strategic Plan for Applied Mathematics. He chaired the NSF Task Force on Grand Challenges on Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. He is a former President of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST), a body of Nobel Laureates and members of the National Academies and the Institute of Medicine who reside in Texas.
Oden has published extensively in the field of computational engineering and sciences, and in related areas over the last three decades. He is the author and editor of over 500 scientific books, book chapters, essays, articles, and conference papers, including 50 books and monographs. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his research accomplishments. He was knighted as Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French government, the Computational Mechanics Award from the Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Worcester Reed Warner Medal and the Stephen P. Timoshenko Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Sciences, the Melvin R. Lohmann Medal from Oklahoma State University, the Theodore von Karman Medal and the Huber Research Prize from the Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the John von Neumann Medal from United States Association for Computational Mechanics, the Newton-Gauss Congress Medal the International Association for Computational Mechanics, the O.C. Zienkiewicz Medal from the Polish Association for Computational Mechanics, and five honorary doctorates around the world, Honoris Causa, (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal; Faculté Polytechnique, Belgium, Cracow University of Technology, Poland; Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France, and Ohio State University). At the ceremonies to award the doctorate at Ohio State, it was noted that “In approving the awarding of this degree, the University Senate and Board of Trustees aspire to recognize your distinguished career as an engineer and your pioneering contributions to the research and study of computational engineering and sciences.” He is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has been awarded a UT-Austin Presidential Citation for his outstanding contributions to the University of Texas at Austin, which is the equivalent of an honorary doctorate. The Institute for Scientific Information has listed Oden as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world from 1981-1999 in refereed, peer-reviewed journals.
He was honored at the 9th U.S. Congress on Computational Mechanics in July 2007 on the occasion of his 70th Birthday, with 13 mini-symposiums organized in his honor by colleagues and former students on topics on which he had previously worked. In 2008, he was elected a Member of the Louisiana State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction for his outstanding service to the engineering profession.
In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and also received the SIAM Distinguished Service Award and the University Cooperative Society's 2009 Career Research Excellence Award. In 2011, he received the SIAM Prize in Computational Science, one of only 8 to have received this recognition. A Special Issue of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering was dedicated to Professor J. Tinsley Oden on the occasion of his 70th birthday in April 2009. In April 2010, he was elected an Ordinary Member of the General Council, Executive Council of the International Association of Computational Mechanics. He has been an active member of many international societies and organizations. He was a founding member and first President of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics, founding member and past President of the International Association for Computational Mechanics; and a past President of both the American Academy of Mechanics and the Society of Engineering Science. Dr. Oden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Science, the International Association for Computational Mechanics, Society of Engineering Science, the United States Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.