Charbel Farhat

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Charbel Farhat
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Residence  California
Nationality  United States Lebanon
Fields Aerospace Engineering
Computational Mechanics
High Performance Computing
Underwater Acoustics
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater UC Berkeley
Ecole Centrale Paris
Known for Aeroelasticity
CFD on Moving Grids
Fluid-Structure Interaction
Parallel Processing
Notable awards National Academy of Engineering
Ordre des Palmes Academiques
Lifetime Achievement Award
Gauss-Newton Medal
John von Neumann Medal
Gordon Bell Prize
Sidney Fernbach Award

Charbel Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and Director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center. He also serves on the United States Bureau of Industry and Security's Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) at the United States Department of Commerce, and on the technical assessment boards of several national and international research councils and foundations. Farhat is listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Engineering by the ISI Web of Knowledge, Thomson Scientific Company. For his lasting contributions to aeroelasticity, CFD on moving grids, computational acoustics, computational mechanics, and high performance computing, Farhat has received numerous awards and academic distinctions. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the World Innovation Foundation, the International Association of Computational Mechanics, the US Association of Computational Mechanics, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is also an Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, and the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids.


Farhat began his career at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he served as Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Director of the Center for Aerospace Structures. Then, he moved to Stanford University where he occupies the Vivian Church Hoff Chair of Engineering, and serves as Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center. Farhat led the development of the Finite Element Tearing and Interconnecting (FETI) method for the scalable solution of large-scale systems of equations on massively parallel processors. FETI was incorporated in several finite element production and commercial software in the US and Europe. It enabled the Sandia National Laboratories’ structural dynamics code SALINAS to win a Gordon Bell Prize in the special accomplishment category based on innovation. Farhat also developed the three-field computational framework for coupled nonlinear fluid-structure interaction problems. With his co-workers, he introduced the concept of a Discrete Geometric Conservation Law (DGCL) and established its relationship to the nonlinear stability of CFD schemes on moving grids. This led to the development of the nonlinear aeroelastic software AERO that is used for many applications ranging from the shape sensitivity analysis of Formula 1 cars, to the nonlinear flutter analysis of supersonic business jet concepts.

Research monographs[edit]

  • Charbel Farhat and Francois-Xavier Roux, Implicit Parallel Processing in Structural Mechanics, Computational Mechanics Advances, Vol. II, No. 1, pp. 1–124 (1994)
  • Charbel Farhat, Domain Decomposition and Parallel Processing, Postgraduate Studies in Supercomputing, ed. FNRS/NFWO, Universie de Liege, Belgium, 1992.
  • Charbel Farhat, An Introduction to Parallel Scientific Computations, Postgraduate Studies in Supercomputing, ed. FNRS/NFWO, Universite de Liege, Belgium, 1991.

Awards and honors[edit]

Farhat is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the United States Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the White House, the CRAY Research Award, the IBM Sup’Prize Achievement Award, the Modeling and Simulation Award from the Department of Defense, the Gauss-Newton Medal, IACM Award, Computational Mechanics Award and Computational Mechanics Award for Young Investigators from the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), the Gordon Bell Prize and Sidney Fernbach Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, the John von Neumann Medal, Computational and Applied Sciences Award and R. H. Gallagher Special Achievement Award from the United States Association of Computational Mechanics, the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Computers and Information in Engineering Division. In 2011, he was knighted by the Prime Minister of France in the Order of Academic Palms and awarded the Medal of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Most recently, he was designated by the US Navy recruiters as a Primary Key-Influencer to be flown by the Blue Angels during Fleet Week 2014.


ISI Highly Cited Author - C. Farhat

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