Swansea academic wins Swansea Professor’s memorial civil engineering prize

Dr Wulf G. Dettmer, associate professor at Swansea University, has recently been awarded the prestigious Zienkiewicz Medal and Prize at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.

The Zienkiewicz Numerical Methods in Engineering Prize was introduced in 1998 following a donation by John Wiley and Sons Ltd in memory of  Professor Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz who was one of the pioneers of computational mechanics and had worked at Swansea University for many decades.

The prize, £1000 and a medal, is awarded biennially to a post-graduate researcher under the age of 40 who submits the paper that contributes most to the research in the field of numerical methods in engineering.

The prize winning academic research submitted by Dr. Wulf G. Dettmer and titled “A New Staggered Scheme for Fluid-Structure Interaction” has been published in the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering.

Dr Dettmer

Speaking about the award Dr Dettmer said: “As a Swansea University associate professor I am very proud to have been awarded a Medal and Prize which was introduced in memory of a former professor at my University. Professor Zienkiewicz was Head and Emeritus Professor of the very department where I have been learning my skills and developing my research. I am also honoured that my research paper has been published in the very first journal dealing with computational mechanics which Professor Zienkiewicz founded in 1968 and which is still the major journal for the field of numerical computations.”

Picture: The medal was presented to Dr Dettmer (left in the picture) by Professor Barry Clarke, the President of the Institute of Civil Engineers.