Supernumerary Member

Technological Sciences: Dr. in Civil Engineer

Date of admittance:  11/01/1998

Medal: Nº 84

Admission Speech: El Aura de los números

Reply: Dr. David Jou Mirabent

Date and place of birth:  March 28th 1953, Valencia,


1975  Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Civil Engineering), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

1976  Master in Science, University College of Swansea, United Kingdom.

1978  Doctor in Philosophy. University College of Swansea, United Kingdom.

1979  Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Ph.D. in Civil Engineering)


1979 Associated Professor at  Technical University of Catalonia (School of Civil Engineering).

1981 Full Profesor  in Structural Mechanics, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC).

1983 – 89  Director of  Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (School of Civil Engineering), UPC

 1992-95 Director of  Department of Strenght of Materials and Structural Analysis at UPC


1987 Executive-Vicepresident of  International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)

1989 – 2004 President of  Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)

1992- 1995 President of  Scientif Council of the Center for Supercomputing of  Catalonia (CESCA)

1993- 1996 Vice-president of  European Community on Computat. Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)

1994 – 2004 General Secretary of  International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

2000 – 2004 President of   European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences(ECCOMAS)

2002 -2010 President of International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

2004 Honorary President of the Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)


1979 – Advanced course on Structural Analysis

1980 – Introduction to the Finite Element Method (Ph.D. Course)

1984-2008 Analysis of thermal problems (Ph. D. Course)

1985 – Director of Master Course on Numerical Methods in Engineering

1979 – Participant in over 350 short courses and seminars in different topics related to Computational Engineering

SUPERVISOR OF 46 Ph.D thesis and 95 M.Sc. thesis


Particle finite element method (PFEM) for fluid-structure interaction and multiphysics engineering problems. Finite element methods for particulate flows. Stabilized numerical methods based on the Finite Calculus (FIC) theory for problems in fluid and solid mechanics. Rotation-free plate and shell elements. Meshless techniques based on finite point methods. Finite element methods for analysis of composite structures. Numerical methods for analysis of inflatable structures. Finite element methods for hot metal forming and sheet stamping processes. Critical displacement method for structural stability analysis. Finite strip methods for prismatic plate and shell structures.



306   papers in JCR journals (h-index: 37, 5213  citations. Source: ISI Web of Knowledge)

4 books written

46 monographs with ISBN Editor of 4 international journals

3 books translated into English

53 edited books 437 papers in congress proceedings

62 chapters in books with ISBN

230 publications in research centers Editor of 3 book series    TOTAL: 1148 publications


Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (51 papers), Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (39 papers), Revista Internacional de Métodos Numéricos para Cálculo y Diseño en Ingeniería (26 papers), Computational Mechanics (25 papers), Engineering Computations (18 papers), Computers and Structures (14 papers),  International Journal of Solids and Structures (8 papers), Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering (6 papers), Journal of Materials Processing Technology (5 papers), Composite Structures (5 papers), International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow (2 papers),  International Journal of Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2 papers), International Journal of Forming Processes (2 papers), Nuclear Engineering and Design (1 paper), Rapid Prototyping Journal (1 paper), Computing Systems in Engineering (1 paper), Computing and Visualization in Science (1 paper), International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (1 paper), Computational Materials Science (1 paper), Int. Journal of Mechanical Science (1 paper).


1990 Catalonian Medal for Research “Narcís Monturiol”.

1995 Medal to Professional Merit of Spanish Institution of Civil Engineering.

1996 Eric Reissner Medal in Computational Mechanics.

1998  Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).

1998  Computational Mechanics Award of IACM.

1999 Accesit to the City of Barcelona Award in Technological Research.

1999 Narcis Monturiol Award from the Catalonian Government to the Scientific Merit of CIMNE.

2000  Award of Spanish Association for Fracture Mechanics.

2000 Argentinean Association for Computational Mechanics Award (AMCA).

2001 Medal of the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona to Professional Achievements.

2002 City of Barcelona Award in Technological Research.

2002  Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Paper in Engng. Computations. Emerald Literati Club.

2004 University of Jyväskylä Medal (Finland).

2004 Duran i Farell Award for Innovative Research and Technology of the Univ. Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC).

2005 Honorary Member of Portuguese Assoc. for Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics (APMTAC).

2007 Award from Spanish Association for Numerical Methods in Engng. (SEMNI). 2009 Grand Prize of the Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES).

2009 O.C. Zienkiewicz Medal of the Polish Association for Computational Mechanics (PACM).

2009 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award of ASME.

2009 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering (JSME).

2009  Literati Award for Excellence to the best article published in Engineering Computations.

2010 Gauss-Newton Medal of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).

2010 Advanced Grant of the European Research Council of the European Community.

2013 Argentinian Award “Dr. Luis Federico Leloir” to the International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.


1998 Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

2000 Doctor Honoris Causa, University Ovidius, Constanza, Rumania.

2007 Honorary Fellow of University of Wales at Swansea (UK).

2012 Doctor Honoris Causa, INSA-Lyon, France.

2013 Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad “Martha Abreu”, Las Villas, Cuba.


1998  Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors. Barcelona.

2006 Foreign Member of the Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, Istituto Lombardo, Milan (Italy).


 Member of the Editorial Board of 26 international journals.

 Organiser of 47 international conferences.

 Participant in over 500 research and development projects in cooperation with companies worldwide.

 Creation of 12 spin-off technology-based companies in Spain.