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Thomas Joseph Robert Hughes, American mechanical engineering educator, consultant. Recipient Computational Mechanics prize Japan Society Mechanical Engineers, 1993.


Hughes, Thomas Joseph Robert was born on August 3, 1943 in Brooklyn. Son of Joseph Anthony and Mae (Bland) Hughes.


Biomedical Engineering, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1965. Master of Mechanical Engineering, Pratt Institute, 1967. Master of Arts in Mathematics, University California-Berkeley, 1974.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science, University California-Berkeley, 1974. Doctorate (honorary), University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2003. Doctorate (honorary), University Pavia, Italy, 2007.

Doctorate (honorary), University Padua, Italy, 2007. Doctorate (honorary), National University of Science & Technology, Norway, 2009. Doctorate (honorary), Northwestern University, 2010.


Mechanical design engineer Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage, New York, 1965-1966. Research and Development General Dynamics, Groton, Connecticut, 1967—1969. Lecturer, assistant research engineer University California, Berkeley, 1975-1976.

Associate professor structural mechanics California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1976-1980. Associate professor mechanical engineering Stanford University, California, 1980-1982, professor, since 1983, chairman division applied mechanics, 1984-1988, 94—, chairman department mechanical engineering, 1988-1989. Founder, chairman CENTRIC Engineering Systems, Inc., 1990-1999.

Professor aerospace engineering & engineering mechanics, computational & applied mathematics, chair III University Texas, Austin, since 2002. Galileo visiting professor Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, 1999. Eshbach visiting professor Northwestern University, 2000.

Consultant in field.



Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Melville medal 1979, Worcester Reed Warner medal 1998, Timoshenko medal 2007), National Academy of Sciences, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Civil Engineers (Huber prize 1978, Von Karman medal 2009), International Association Computational Mechanics (president 1998-2002, Gauss-Newton medal), American Academy Mechanics, United States Association Computational Mechanics (president 1990-1992, von Neumann medal 1997), National Academy Engineering, American Academy Arts & Sciences (Humboldt Senior Scientist award 2009), Institute Lombardo, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Member Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Susan Elizabeth Weh, July 1, 1972. Children: Emily Susan, Ian Thomas, Elizabeth Claire.

Joseph Anthony Hughes

Mae (Bland) Hughes

Susan Elizabeth Weh

Emily Susan Hughes

Ian Thomas Hughes

Elizabeth Claire Hughes