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Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Associate 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

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Associate 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
  • 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
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Colomés, O; Scovazzi, G; Guilleminot, J, On the robustness of variational multiscale error estimators for the forward propagation of uncertainty, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 342 (2018), pp. 384-413 [10.1016/j.cma.2018.07.041] [abs].
  • Main, A; Scovazzi, G, The shifted boundary method for embedded domain computations. Part II: Linear advection–diffusion and incompressible Navier–Stokes equations, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 372 (2018), pp. 996-1026 [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Song, T; Main, A; Scovazzi, G; Ricchiuto, M, The shifted boundary method for hyperbolic systems: Embedded domain computations of linear waves and shallow water flows, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 369 (2018), pp. 45-79 [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Zeng, X; Li, K; Scovazzi, G, An ALE/embedded boundary method for two-material flow simulations, Computers & Mathematics With Applications (2018) [10.1016/j.camwa.2018.05.002] [abs].
  • Wang, G; Scovazzi, G; Nouveau, L; Kees, CE; Rossi, S; Colomés, O; Main, A, Dual-scale Galerkin methods for Darcy flow, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 354 (2018), pp. 111-134 [10.1016/] [abs].