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Civil , Mechanical engineering educator

Ted Bohdan Belytschko, American Civil, mechanical engineering educator. National Defense Education Act fellow, 1965-1968; recipient Thomas Jaeger prize International Association Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, 1983, Japanese Society Mech. Engineers Computational Mechanics award, 1993, gold medal ICES, 1996, Computational Mechanics award International Association for Computational Mechanics, 1998.


Belytschko, Ted Bohdan was born on January 13, 1943 in Proskurov, Ukraine. Son of Stephan and Maria (Harpinak) Belytschko. came to the United States, 1950.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Liege, 1997.

Doctorate (honorary), Ecole Central, Paris, 2004. Doctorate (honorary), University Lyon, 2006.


He was Walter P. Murphy Professor and McCormick Professor of Computational Mechanics at Northwestern University. He worked in the field of computational solid mechanics and was known for development of methods like element-free Galerkin method and the Extended finite element method. He was named in ISI Database as the fourth most cited engineering researcher in January 2004.

He was also the editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. He died at the age of 71 on September 15, 2014.


  • William Prager Medal, 2011. Member of the National Academy of Science (2011)Member of the National Academy of Engineering (1992)John von Neumann Medal of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics (2001)Timoshenko Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2001)Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002)Gauss Newton Medal of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (2002)Theodore von Karman Medal, 1999.


  • Other Work

    • Editor (associate): (journal) Computer Methods in Applied Mechanical and Engineering, since 1977, Journal Applied Mechanics, 1979-1985. Editor: Nuclear Engineering and Design, 1980-1988, Engineering with Computers, 1984-1998, International Journal Numerical Methods in Engineering, since 1998. Honorary editor: International Journal Computational Methods, editor-in-chief:, since 2007.


Chairman United States National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2004—2006. Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (chairman applied mechanics division 1991, Pi Tau Sigma Gold medal 1975, Timoshenko medal 2001), American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: National Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (chairman engineering mechanics division 1982, Walter Huber Research Prize 1977, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award 1990, Theodore von Karman medal 1999), American Academy Mechanics (president 2004), Shock and Vibration Institute (Baron medal 1999), United States Association Computational Mechanics 1992-1994, (von Neumann medal 2001, Computational Structural Mechanics Award 1997).


Married Gail (Eisenhart), August 1967. Children: Peter, Nicole, Justine.

Stephan Belytschko

Maria (Harpinak) Belytschko

Gail Eisenhart

Peter Belytschko

Nicole Belytschko

Justine Belytschko