“Patient Specific Computer Modeling and the Predictive Paradigm in Medicine”

Thomas Hughes, Ph. D.

Thomas J. R. Hughes, Ph.D
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III
The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

Computer simulation has revolutionized engineering and science and is creating a new era in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Predictive medicine is an emerging field that performs interventions virtually, with the fidelity of invasive procedures, but without their trauma or risks.

Medicine and engineering are problem-solving disciplines, but they use contrasting paradigms: medicine is based on diagnosis while engineering is based on prediction. The predictive paradigm in medicine is based on engineering design, analysis and optimization methodologies, computer modeling and simulation, patient-specific models, and predicted outcomes. In this talk, Dr. Tom Hughes will illustrate the ideas with some examples and provide a glimpse of future possibilities.


Thomas J.R. Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Berkeley, Caltech and Stanford before joining the University of Texas at Austin. At Stanford he served as Chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chairman of the Division of Mechanics and Computation, and occupied the Crary Chair of Engineering. At Austin he is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and holds the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, ASME, AIAA, ASCE, AAAS, a Founder, Fellow and past President of USACM and IACM, past Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, past Chairman of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and co-editor of the international journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.

Dr. Hughes is one of the most widely cited authors in Engineering Science*. He has received the Huber Prize and Von Karman Medal from ASCE, the Timoshenko, Worcester Reed Warner, and Melville Medals from ASME, the Von Neumann Medal from USACM, the Gauss-Newton Medal from IACM, the Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Grand Prize from the Japanese Society of Computational Engineering and Sciences, and the Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere. Dr. Hughes has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Pavia, Padua, Trondheim, Northwestern, and A Coruña.