USA - 2017
For pioneering finite element methods to solve PDEs that are used world-wide in engineering design and simulation, and science.
The work of Thomas J. R. Hughes has had profound impact on computational science and engineering. His pioneering numerical methods for solving PDEs have been implemented in every contemporary commercial finite element code, and are used daily throughout the world in all areas of engineering design and simulation. Beyond engineering, his methods have impacted every field of science that uses finite element methods, including medicine. He has also made pioneering contributions to the seamless integration of modeling methodologies with design representations. He has created entirely new fields of research, including Stabilized Methods, Variational Multiscale Methods, and Isogeometric Analysis, and continues to lead their development.