The meeting of the Evaluation Committee for the ECCOMAS award for the best PhD theses 2006 was held on May 4th, 2007 at CIMNE, Barcelona. As an answer to the call for tender, 19 theses were nominated by the ECCOMAS member associations.

After a detailed discussion, a secret voting was held in two phases. First, after a secret voting the number of thesis was reduced from 19 to 6. Then the committee ranked the 6 theses evaluating the different aspects of each and unanimously agreed on selecting 2 out of these 6 theses as the winners.

The two winners are:

  • Dr. Per Heintz (Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden) for the thesis “Finite Element Procedures for the Numerical simulation of Crack Propagation and Bilateral Contact
  • Dr. Santiago Badia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) for the thesis “Stabilized pressure segregation methods and their application to fluid-structure interaction problems

These theses are outstanding works in Computational Methods combining excellent knowledge of both theory and practice.

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
Pietro Rini Analysis of Differential Diffusion Phenomena in High Enthalpy Flows, with Application to Thermal Protection Material Testing in ICP Facilities BNCM Belgium
Miha Zaloznik Modeling of Macrosegregation in Direct Chill Casting CEACM Central Europe
Eero Immonen State Space Output Regulation Theory for Infinite-dimensional Linear Systems and Bounded Uniformly Continuous Exogenous Signals FMS Finland
Grégory Legrain Extension of the X_FEM Approach to Large Strain for the Simulation of Fracture in Hyperelastic Materials CSMA France
Vincent Levasseur Large Eddy Simulation in a Stabilized Finite Element Framework: A Variational Multiscale Approach GAMNI France
Sigrid Leyendecker Mechanical Integrators for Constrained Dynamical Systems in Flexible Multibody Dynamics GACM Germany
Oliver Rheinbach Parallel Scalable Iterative Substructuring: Robust Exact and Inexact FETI-DP Methods with Applications to Elasticity GAMM Germany
Dimitrios I. Papadimitriou Adjoint Formulations for the Analysis of Turbomachinery Cascades and Optimal Grid Adaptation using a Posteriori Error Analysis GRACM Greece
Yingyan Li Factors Affecting the Dynamic Interaction of Bridges and Vehicle Loads ISSEC Ireland
Oren Lavan Seismic Behavior and Control of irregular Structures: Energy Approach IACMM Israel
Federico Manganiello A Computational Model of the Human Cornea: A Predictive Approach to Refractive Surgery AIMETA Italy
Marco Prato Regularization methods for the Solution of Inverse Problems in Solar Plasma Physics SIMAI Italy
Alexander van Zuijlen Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulations NMC Netherlands
Jacek Smolka Numerical Analysis of Heat Transfer Process within Selected Electrical Transformers PACM Poland
Natalia Gennadevna Evaporation and Destruction of a Meteoric Body in the Atmosphere ONIV Russia
Santiago Badia Stabilized Pressure Segregation Methods and their Application to Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems SEMNI Spain
Ana Maria Ferreiro Ferreiro Development of Post-Process Techniques for Hydrodynamic Flows, Modelling of Sediment Transport Problems and Numerical Simulation using Finite Volume Techniques SEMA Spain
Per Carl Johan Heintz Finite Element Procedures for the Numerical Simulation of Crack Propagation and Bilateral Contact NoACM Sweden
Chenfeng Li Stochastic Finite Element Modelling of Elementary Random Media ACME UK