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Professor Tarek ZohdiProfessor Tarek I. Zohdi

Chancellor's Professor
Chair of the UCB Computational
Science & Engineering Program,

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

6117 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740,
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

The easiest way to reach me is by email:

Research Interests:

  1. Discrete Element, Finite Element and Finite Difference methods

  2. Micro-structural/macro-property inverse problems involving optimization and design of new materials

  3. Modeling and simulation of
  1. high-strength fabric
  2. particulate/granular flows
  3. multiphase/composite electromagnetic media
  4. the dynamics of swarms


Tarek I. Zohdi received his Ph.D. in 1997 in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. In July 2001, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2004 and to Full Professor in July 2009. As of July 2012, he assumed the position of Chair of the Designated Emphasis Program in Computational Science and Engineering (DE-CSE) at UC Berkeley. Previously, he has served as Chair of the Engineering  Science Program at UC Berkeley (2008-2012) and Vice-Chair for Instruction in the Department of Mechani- cal Engineering (2009-2012). Effective July 1, 2014, he was appointed as a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Professor. He also holds a Staff Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and an Adjunct Scientist position  at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.   Prior to his appointment at the  University of California, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Technical University of Darm- stadt, Germany, and then a lecturer at the Gottfried Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. He received his Habilitation  in Mechanics from the Gottfried  Leibniz University of Hannover in 2002.1 His main research interests are in micromechanical material design, particulate flow and the mechanics of high-strength fabric, with emphasis on computational approaches for advanced manufacturing and nonconvex multiscale-multiphysics inverse problems, in particular addressing the important  issue of how large numbers of micro-constituents interact to produce macroscale aggregate behavior. He has published over 100 archival refereed journal papers and five books: (a) Introduction to computational micromechanics (T. Zohdi and P. Wriggers, Springer-Verlag), (b) An introduction to modeling and sim- ulation of particulate flows (T. Zohdi, SIAM), (c) Electromagnetic properties of multiphase dielectrics: a primer on modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag), (d) Dynamics of charged particulate systems:  modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag) and (e) A primer on finite elements (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag), as well as four handbook chapters, three encyclopedia chapters and three contributed book chapters. In 2000, he received the Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal, which are awarded once every two years, to one post-graduate  researcher under the age of 35, by The Institution  of Civil Engineers in London, to commemorate the work of Professor O. C. Zienkiewicz, for research which contributes most to the field of numerical methods in engineering. In 2002, he received the Best Paper of the Year 2001 Award in London, at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds, for a paper published in Engineering Computations, pertaining to modeling and simulation of the propagation of failure in particulate aggregates of material. In 2003, he received the Junior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Mechanics. The award is given once a year, to one post-graduate  researcher, to recognize outstanding research during the first decade of a professional career. In 2008, he was elected Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)  and in 2009 he was elected Fellow of the United Stated Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). The USACM is the primary computational mechanics organization in the United States and the International Association for Com- putational Mechanics is the primary international organization in this field. In 2011, he was selected as ”Alum  of the Year” by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he did his undergraduate studies. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of ten inter- national journals.  Also, he is an editor of the leading journal Computational Mechanics and co-founder and editor-in-chief of a new journal, Computational Particle Mechanics. He is also an editor of a book series on Computational Mechanics, published by John-Wiley. He has organized or co-organized three state of the art internationally-renown CISM workshops (International Centre For Mechanical  Sciences in 2002, 2005 and 2010) located in the Palazzo del Torso in the center of Udine, Italy, which is funded by UNESCO, the National Research Council of Italy  (CNR), the International Union for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) and the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH).  In 2007, he was co-chair of the Ninth United States National Congress for Computational Mechanics, which is the largest conference in the field in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. He was elected President of the USACM from 2012-2014.  In 2009, he was elected to a six year term as a represen- tative of the USACM on the General Council of the IACM,  which is the governing committee of the primary international organization in his field of research. In 2014, he was appointed by the United States National Academy of Science and the National Research Council as a member of the United States National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) representing the United States Association for Computational Mechanics for a four year term. In 2012, he was selected to be a plenary lecturer at the premier conference in his field, the 10th World Congress on Computa- tional Mechanics (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012), as well as a plenary lecturer at the European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) Conference on Particle-Based Methods (Particles 2013). Overall, he has given more than 100 invited lectures at conferences, universities and other research institutions.

1Approximately one out of every twenty Ph.D holders in Germany is allowed to proceed with a Habilitation. It is the highest academic degree in Germany and is usually required to obtain the rank of full Professor there and in other parts of Europe.

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