Thomas HughesASE/EM Professor Thomas Hughes of ICES will give the celebrated Raymond D. Mindlin Lecture at Columbia University April 25. His remarks will focus on progress toward developing integrated Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Finite Element Analysis (FEA) procedures that allow the CAD file to be directly used in analysis. Columbia University's Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics established the lecture to honor applied mechanics pioneer Mindlin. He received the National Medal of Science for applied mechanics and mathematics in 1979 and a U.S. Medal for Merit from President Truman in 1946.

Hughes recently formed the ICES Computational Mechanics Group to help unify the disparate methods and data structures of Computer Aided Geometric Design (CAGD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and break the current bottleneck in the translation of CAGD representations to FEA models.