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Guglielmo Scovazzi


Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, complex geometry systems in solid mechanics, and fluid/structure interaction problems.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004

Research Interests

Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences & Kavli Foundation. 2018
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE). US Executive Office of the President (The White House). 2017
  • Early Career Award. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. 2014

Courses Taught

  • CEE 421L: Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CEE 531: Finite Element Methods for Problems in Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Karatzas, EN; Stabile, G; Atallah, N; Scovazzi, G; Rozza, G, A Reduced Order Approach for the Embedded Shifted Boundary FEM and a Heat Exchange System on Parametrized Geometries, vol 36 (2020), pp. 111-125 [10.1007/978-3-030-21013-7_8] [abs].
  • Atallah, NM; Canuto, C; Scovazzi, G, Analysis of the shifted boundary method for the Stokes problem, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 358 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2019.112609] [abs].
  • Nouveau, L; Ricchiuto, M; Scovazzi, G, High-order gradients with the shifted boundary method: An embedded enriched mixed formulation for elliptic PDEs, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 398 (2019) [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Zeng, X; Li, K; Scovazzi, G, An ALE/embedded boundary method for two-material flow simulations, Computers & Mathematics With Applications, vol 78 no. 2 (2019) [10.1016/j.camwa.2018.05.002] [abs].
  • Karatzas, EN; Stabile, G; Nouveau, L; Scovazzi, G; Rozza, G, A reduced basis approach for PDEs on parametrized geometries based on the shifted boundary finite element method and application to a Stokes flow, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 347 (2019), pp. 568-587 [10.1016/j.cma.2018.12.040] [abs].