The Japan Computational Mechanics Award
Tayfun E. Tezduyar
Distingushed McKnight University Professor
Director and PI, Army High Performance Computing Research Center
University of Minnesota
It is a great honor and pleasure to receive the 1997 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). I have to say that some of the best things I had in my life came from Japan. To begin with, my Japanese wife, whom I met in 1985 during my first trip to Japan. Then some of my best friends came from the Japanese academic and industrial research community; it has been a privilege knowing them and being associated with them. And now, this wonderful award which will always have a special place in my heart.
I would like to thank the Computational Mechanics Division (CMD) of the JSME for considering me for this award, and especially the officers of the CMD, Genki Yagawa, Yoichiro Matsumoto, Kozo Fujii and Juhachi Oda.
Since the beginning, in late 1985, my association and interactions with the Japanese scientists and engineers have always been intellectually stimulating and motivating. We have done many things together. Mutsuto Kawahara and his colleagues and I, together with Tom Hughes, organized the First US-Japan Symposium on Finite Element Methods in Large-Scale Computational Fluid Dynamics in 1992 in Minneapolis. This was a very enjoyable experience and we continued these events with the Second Symposium in 1994 in Tokyo, and the Third Symposium in 1996, back in Minneapolis. The Fourth Symposium will be held at the Funabashi Campus of the Nihon University, on April 2-4, 1998. We are looking forward to this.
Many Japanese scientists and engineers have had short- and long-term visits to me in Minneapolis over the past many years. Those I was able to remember at the time I wrote this article are Toshiki Iino, Masahiro Ikegawa, Masayuki Kaiho, Kazuo Kashiyama, Mutsuto Kawahara, Yoichiro Matsumoto, Kisa Matsushima, Takashi Nomura, Hiroshi Okuda, Marie Oshima, Nobuyuki Satofuka, Masayuki Shimura, Ryuji Takaki, Nobuyuki Taniguchi, Genki Yagawa, and Akira Yamaguchi. I have known some of these researchers for a long time. I have enjoyed my interactions with all of them. Some of the interactions lead to significant collaborations, and in some cases to joint work and joint publications. Furthermore, during my recent visit to the University of Tokyo, I had the chance to visit with the research teams of a number of faculty members doing leading-edge work in several areas: Genki Yagawa and Yoichiro Matsumoto, and the others whom I had the pleasure of meeting the first time: Chuichi Arakawa, Nobuhide Kasagi, Toshio Kobayashi, Hideaki Miyata, Shuzo Murakami, Hirotada Ohashi, and Toshio Yamagata. From all of these interactions I have learned a lot and continue to be impressed with the high quality and creative research activities of these Japanese scientists and engineers. I am hoping that, also through these interactions, I have been able to contribute something. Currently I have two Ph.D. students from Japan in my group: Yasuo Osawa is doing his Ph.D. with me, and Yasushi Nakabayashi is spending a year with my group. They are very enjoyable to work with.
I will do my best to continue and even try to increase in the future these types of interactions. The computational mechanics research carried out by my Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling (T*AFSM) might be of interest to and perhaps beneficial to some other Japanese scientists and engineers beyond those I am already interacting with. The T*AFSM has come a long way in developing advanced computational methods and tools for 3D simulation of flow problems with complex geometries. These methods are based on finite element formulations and parallel computing techniques. The targeted applications include those involving fluid-object interactions, free-surface and two-fluid flows, fluid-structure interactions, and contaminant dispersion. Iwould hope that you find it useful to take a look at our Web site, starting at http://www.arc. umn.edu/~tezduyar/. I would be happy to send additional material such as reprints and preprints to those who may want to know more than what is already described in our Web site.
Let's stay in touch and, domo arigato gozaimashita.