Scientific Program

Plenary lectures


Professor Leszek Demkowicz
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Progress Report on the DPG Method

Leszek F. Demkowicz is Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holder of W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences II at ICES. He is a Professor in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and a Professor in the Dept. of Mathematics, at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a M.S. in mathematics from  Jagiellonian University, and M.S., Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees in mechanics  from Cracow University of Technology (CUT), Poland. Prior to joining the University of Texas faculty, he held various positions at CUT. He helped to establish Polish Association for Computational Mechanics (PACM) and served as its first president.

Dr. Demkowicz authored a monograph on adaptive methods (in Polish, 1986), co-authored with J.T. Oden a textbook on Functional Analysis (CRS Press,  1996, second edition - 2010, third edition - 2018) and a two volume monograph on “Computing with hp-Adaptive Finite Elements” ( Chapman & Hall/CRC,  2006,2007). Dr. Demkowicz has also authored and co-authored over 200 journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and technical reports in the general area of computational mathematics and mechanics. His work and scientific interests span across numerical analysis, adaptive finite element methods, wave propagation problems, including acoustics, elastodynamics and electromagnetics, and CFD. In the last nine years his  work focused mainly on the Discontinious Petrov Galerkin Method, co-invented with Jay Gopalakrishnan from Portland State University. He graduated 20 Ph.D. and numerous M.Sc. students.

For his research on higher order methods, he was awarded Zienkiewicz Medal by PACM, Computational Science Award by USACM, ICES Distinguished Research Award, and the Computational Mechanics Award by IACM in 2014. He is a Fellow of both  IACM and USACM and an honorary member of PACM. In 2013, he was elected as a foreign member to Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2012, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Mathematics with Applications (Elsevier, circa 2500 submissions per year). From 2016 to 2018, he served as a President of US Association for Computational Mechanics.

Professor Fionn Dunne
Imperial College London, Great Britain

Microstructurally-Sensitive Fatigue Crack Nucleation and Growth: Dislocation Configurational Energy and Crystal Plasticity Approaches

Professor Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics at Imperial College, London and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Rolls-Royce Research Chair at Imperial. His research is in deformation and failure particularly relating to hcp polycrystal and Ni alloys and includes computational crystal plasticity, discrete dislocation plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation and growth, and polycrystal sonics for NDE.






Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Professor Tomasz Lewiński
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

​​​​​​Least Weight Structures and Least Compliant Bodies. Optimal Layout Problems and Recovery of Underlying Microstructure.

Tomasz Lewiński, currently the head of the Department of Structural Mechanics and Computer Aided Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, is the pupil of the school of structural mechanics founded by Z.Kączkowski, Z.Mazurkiewicz and G.Jemielita (the followers of W. Nowacki) and of continuum mechanics – by M.Kwieciński and W.Wojewódzki (the followers of W. Olszak). In the years 1992-1993- hosted by G.I.N.Rozvany, Essen University (Germany) as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In years 1980-2004- fostered close cooperation with J.J.Telega and his team at the Institute of Funademental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently- the member of the Scientific Board of this Institute. The co-chair (jointly with A.Borkowski) of the Scientific Committee of the conference: Computer Methods in Mechanics held in 2011 in Warsaw. Since 2012- the member of the Committee of Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the head of its Section of Computational Methods and Optimization. The member of the Editorial Boards of the journals: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and Periodica Polytechnica-Civil Engineering. The co-author of the monograph (joint with J.J.Telega): Plates, Laminates and Shells, Asymptotic Analysis and Homogenization. World Sci. 2000. He prepared for print the textbook: Z.Mazurkiewicz, Thin Elastic Shells (in Polish), Oficyna Wydawnicza PW (1995,2004); served as co-editor (jointly with G.I.N.Rozvany) of the book: Topology Optimization in Structural and Continuum Mechanics, CISM Courses and Lectures, Springer 2014; the co-author of papers on homogenization of non-homogeneous structures and its applications in optimum design (joint papers with J.J.Telega, W.Bielski, K.Kolanek, A.M.Othman, G.Dzierżanowski, S.Kucharski, J.Knabel, T.Bielecki); on structural dynamics (jointly with Z.Kacprzyk); on Michell structures (jointly with G.I.N.Rozvany, M.Zhou, T.Sokół, C.Graczykowski, T.Birker); on the topological derivative method (joint papers with J.Sokołowski and A. Żochowski); free material design and its constrained versions (jointly with S.Czarnecki, G.Dzierżanowski, J.F.Ganghoffer, I.Goda, T.Łukasiak, R.Czubacki, K.Bołbotowski, P.Wawruch); the co-author of textbooks on structural mechanics (jointly with G.Dzierżanowski, W.Gilewski, K.Hetmański, Z.Kozyra, M.Sitek) and on the theory of Michell structures and its applications (jointly with T.Sokół, C.Graczykowski).


Professor Shaker Meguid
University of Toronto, Canada

Multiscale Modeling of Multifunctional Nanocomposites: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor Shaker Meguid is an internationally renowned scholar with significant contributions in computational and experimental mechanics at varied length scales. Undoubtedly, his research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of multiscale modelling, advanced and smart nanocomposites, crashworthiness, fracture mechanics and failure prevention. He has published 285 papers in leading tier-1 scientific journals, 240 presentations in international conferences of significance with a large number being invited as keynote and plenary speaker. He authored 4 books on fracture mechanics, nanomechanics and micromechanics, edited17 international conference proceedings and contributed 17 book chapters. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Int. J of Mechanics and Materials in Design, former Technical Associate Editor of ASME J. of Engineering Materials and Technology (for two consecutive terms), former Associate Editor of IMechE Journal of Mechanical Process Engineering, Guest Editor to a number of Journals including Mechanics of Materials and a member of the editorial board of numerous journals. He is the Founding Head of the Aerospace Engineering Division of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He taught different branches of mechanics in 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. He is an Engineering Consultant to the United Nations, a lifetime senior member of AIAA, member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (PEng), Chartered Engineer in Great Britain (CEng), Fellow of ASME, Fellow of IMechE and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He works closely with the aerospace and automotive industries and is regularly approached by members of the media for clarification of engineering issues. Professor Meguid and his research team won many awards, with the most recent honor being the nomination by his department for the gold medal by the Governor General of Canada, holder of the Robert Hooke Award bestowed by the European Society for Experimental Mechanics, Engineering Award-Research and Development by the Professional Engineers of Ontario for his significant contribution to research and development in Canada.


Professor Andreas Menzel
Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Lund University, Sweden

Andreas Menzel obtained his Diploma degree in Civil Engineering from Leibniz University Hannover in 1997. The same year, he moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. After having received the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2002, he continued as a postdoc and was awarded the Habilitation for Mechanics in 2006. The following year, he held a temporary professorship at the University of Siegen, Germany. He joined the faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund in 2007 and holds a double affiliation with the Division of Solid Mechanics at Lund University. His main research interests are in the fields of computational mechanics, material modelling, smart materials, and biomechanics.






Professor Nobutada Ohno
Nagoya University, Japan

Strain Range Evaluation for Cyclic Plasticity: Proposal of Resetting Scheme

Dr. Ohno is an Emeritus Professor at Nagoya University and a Senior Researcher at Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute. He received a Dr.Eng. from Nagoya University in 1979 and joined Toyohashi University of Technology in 1980. He became a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 1982-83. He returned to Nagoya University as an Associate Professor in 1988, and was promoted to a full Professor at Nagoya University in 1994. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in English in several areas including cyclic plasticity, creep damage mechanics, homogenization methods, and strain gradient plasticity. Especially his achievements on cyclic plasticity are very well known. Cyclic plasticity subroutines developed in his group are used in industries. He received the Khan Plasticity Award (2009), the JSME Computational Mechanics Award (2010), the JSME Materials and Mechanics Award (2013), etc. He served as a Vice President of the JSME (2014). His scientific contributions can be read in further detail in the preface of the Liber Amicorum which was published by Springer to celebrate his 65th birthday in 2015.



Professor Jerzy Pamin
Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Numerical Simulation of Material Instabilities

1987 M.Sc. (Civil Engineering) at Cracow University of Technology
1994 Ph.D. (Computational Mechanics) at Delft University of Technology

1998-1999 Guest Researcher at the Koiter Institute Delft

2002 Humboldt Fellow at Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Mechanik, Universitaet Kaiserslautern

2004 D.Sc. (habil.) in Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Cracow University of Technology

Since 2006 Professor of CUT

2006-17 Head of the Institute for Computational Civil Engineering, CUT

2007 Received M.T. Huber Award of Division IV Technical Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS)

2009-13 President of Polish Association for Computational Mechanics

Since 2011 Member of Committee for Mechanics of PAS

Research interests:

Theoretical and applied research in computational mechanics, in particular in the field of constitutive modelling of solids, higher order continuum formulations for numerical analysis of material instabilities and localization phenomena, coupled problems in materials mechanics, and discretization methods for nonlinear structural and solid mechanics.



Professor Henryk Petryk
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland

On Microstructural Length Scales in Single Crystals

     Henryk Petryk is Professor at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT), Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. He has been the Head of the Department of Mechanics of Materials at IPPT since 2007, and Chairman of the Scientific Council of IPPT since 2012. In 2010 he was elected Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Archives of Mechanics since 1999. In 2016 he was elected Secretary-General of IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics). His research interests center on the mechanics of solids, mainly on theory of plasticity, bifurcation and instability, variational methods, micromechanics of materials, evolution of microstructures in metal crystals and shape memory alloys, size effects. He was invited Visiting Professor in Germany, France, Japan, Italy, China, jointly for 30 months.






Professor Franz G. Rammerstorfer
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Some Oddities in Plate and Shell Buckling

Rammerstorfer Franz G is a permanent faculty at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

He received his PhD in 1976 from TU Wien. After a number of years in industry and several stays abroad, he received the venia docendi for "Mechanics" and became 1983 full Professor for Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. 1991-1997 he was Co-Chairman of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Micromechanics of Materials, and 1998-2007 he served as Vice-Rector for Research at TU Wien. 2003/2004 he was Visiting Professor at TU Munich.

At the time being Franz Rammerstorfer is Professor emeritus and Rector of CISM (Int. Centre for Mechanical Sciences) in Udine, Italy.

Rammerstorfer has received several awards, among them full membership of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Europae; he is IACM-Fellow, CDG-Senior Fellow, and recipient of the Viktor Kaplan Medal.



Professor Meir Shillor
Oakland University, USA

Professor Marek Stankiewicz
Jagiellonian University, Poland