The meeting of the Evaluation Committee for the ECCOMAS award for the best PhD thesis 2005 was held on May 2nd, 2006 at CIMNE, Barcelona. As an answer to the call for tender, 17 theses were nominated by the ECCOMAS member associations.

After a detailed discussion, a secret voting was held in three phases in order to reduce the number of thesis from 17 to 6, then to 3 and then to 1. The outcome of this voting was very clear.

One thesis was ranking significantly higher than the remaining dissertations. Based on this result, the Committee decided unanimously to award Dr. Gianluigi Rozza (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland). This thesis is an outstanding work in Computational Methods combining excellent knowledge of both theory and practice for the development and the analysis of new design configurations of arterial bypasses in the human circulatory system.

All nominees will be recognized by a special diploma that will be sent directly to the candidate.

The list of finalists selected by the local-regional ECCOMAS Association is the following:

Author Title of the Thesis Association Country
Ivan Cimrák On the Landau-Lifshitz equation of ferromagnetism BNCM Belgium
Clara Schuecker Mechanism based modeling of damage and failure in fiber reinforced polymer laminates CEACM Central Europe
Julien Réthoré An energy-conserving scheme for dynamic crack growth using the eXtended finite element method CSMA France
Bernd Markert Porous media viscoelasticity with application to polymeric foams GACM Germany
Dirk Trescher Development of an efficient 3-D CFD software to simulate and visualize the scavenging of a two-stroke engine GAMM Germany
Fabien Marpeau Coupling between radionucleides transport in porous media and biomathematics GAMNI France
Steryios Naris Gas flows in nano- and micro-configurations via upgraded kinetic type discrete velocity algorithms GRACM Greece
Shaun Aengus Mahony Self-organizing neural networks for biological sequence analysis ISSEC Ireland
Riccardo Rossi Light weight structures: Structural analysis and coupling issues AIMETA/GIMC Italy
Yogi Ahmad Erlangga A robust and efficient iterative method for the numerical solution of the Helmholtz equation NMC Netherlands
Lars Wollebæk Analysis of geometrical nonlinearities with applications to timber structures NoACM Nordic Countries
Piotr Kalita Algorithms for solving nonlinear problems in the artery dynamics PACM Poland
Marta Cristina Cardoso de Oliveira Algoritmos e estratégias de gestão do problema de contacto com atrito em grandes deformações APMTAC Portugal
Luis Cea Gómez An unstructured finite volume model for unsteady tubulent shallow water flow with wet-dry fronts: numerical solver and experimental validation SEMA Spain
Luis Cueto-Felgueroso Particles, finite volumens and unstructured grids: numerical simulation of fluid dynamics problems SEMNI Spain
Francisco Manuel Andrade Pires Issues on the finite element modelling of degradation and prediction of failure in finitely straining ductile materials ACME UK