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December 25, 1936 in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA (USA citizenship)

Education and Training

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Engineering Mechanics
M.S., Oklahoma State University, Civil Engineering
B.S., Louisiana State University, Civil Engineering
Honorary Degrees
Ohio State University Honoris Causa
Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan (ENSC), France Honoris Causa
The University of Texas at Austin
Cracow University of Technology, Poland Honoris Causa
Faculte Polytechnique de Mons, Mons Belgium Honoris Causa
Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal Honoris Causa

Employment history
University of Texas-Austin, Director, Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), (TICOM 9/1974 - 8/1993, TICOM 9/1993 - 2/2003) 3/2003 - present.
University of Texas-Austin, Associate Vice President for Research, 3/2003 - present.
University of Texas-Austin, Professor, Computer Science Department, 2011 - present.
University of Texas-Austin, Professor, Mathematics Department, 9/1981 - present.
University of Texas-Austin, Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, 9/1973 -  present.
University of Alabama-Huntsville, Assistant Professor and Professor in Engineering Mechanics, 9/1964 -8/1973.
General Dynamics, Senior Structures Engineer, Research Department, Fort Worth, 1963-64.
Oklahoma State University, Instructor in Applied Mechanics, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, 1961-63.
Louisiana State University, Teaching Assistant, 1959.

Biographical Sketch
J. Tinsley Oden is world renowned for his contributions in establishing and developing the field of computational mechanics, which applies mechanics, mathematics, and computer science to create computer models of the physical world. Such simulations are used in fields as diverse as medicine, material engineering, energy exploration, and climate science. As the Director of the Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences, Dr. Oden's current research is in multi-scale "adaptive" modelling, with a focus on semiconductor modelling and cancer treatment. For his scientific contributions, Dr. Oden was awarded the Theodore von Karman Medal of American Society for Civil Engineers in Engineering Mechanics in 1992, the John von Neumann Medal of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics in 1993, the Newton-Gauss Congress Medal of International Association for Computational Mechanics in 1994, and The Stephen P. Timoshenko Medal of American Society of Mechanical Engineers in Applied Mechanics in 1996, among others.

Mechanics of Elastic Structures : McGraw-Hill, New York City,1967
Finite Elements of Nonlinear Continua : McGraw-Hill, New York City,1972
Finite Elements vol.1 to 6 : (with E.B Becker and Graham F. Carey) Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs,1981
Applied Functional Analysis, 2nd ed. : (with L. F. Demkowicz) CRC Press, Boca-Raton, 2010
An Introduction to Mathematical Modelling : Wiley, Hoboken,2011 (selected among 800 publications, including 27 books)

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