Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Biography

Education

Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain
B.S. Civil Engineering, June 1977

University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Civil Engineering, June 1978
Major fields: Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics

University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, December 1981
Major fields: Structural, Continuum and Computational Mechanics
Dissertation title: "Topics in Constitutive Theory for Inelastic Solids"

Professional Appointments

  • 1/79 - 4/82: Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 5/82 - 5/83: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Ministry of Public Works Research and Experimentation Center, Madrid, Spain.
  • 5/83 - 5/84: Research Scientist, Computational Hydrodynamic Program, Department of Coasts and Harbors, Ministry of Public Works, Madrid, Spain.
  • 7/84 - 7/87: Assistant Professor, Division of Engineering, Brown University
  • 7/87 - 6/90: Associate Professor, Division of Engineering, Brown University
  • 7/90 - 6/95: Professor, Division of Engineering, Brown University
  • 6/95 - Present: Professor, Division of Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
  • 7/04 - 7/13: Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 7/13 - Present: Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

  • 1977-78 Fulbright Scholarship
  • 1994-95 Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, Caltech
  • 1995-96 Midwest Mechanics Seminar - Distinguished Speaker
  • 1997 U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics - Fellow
  • 1998 Southwest Mechanics Lecture Series - Distinguished Speaker
  • 1999 Spanish Academy of Engineering, Corresponding Member
  • 2000 ISI Highly Cited Researchers Award
  • 2002 Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists
  • 2002 Fellow, International Association for Computational Mechanics
  • 2002 International Computational Mechanics Awards for Research
  • 2004 Named Chair, Dotty and Dick Hayman, Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
  • 2007 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2007 USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award
  • 2008 IUTAM Rodney Hill Prize
  • 2010 Hans Fischer Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Technical University of Munich
  • 2011 Prize of the Spanish Association for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI)
  • 2013 Elected Member, US National Academy of Engineering
  • 2015 Timoshenko Medal, ASME
  • 2018 Elected Member, Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Univeristy of California, Berkeley

Committees and Professional Activities

  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Section 10 Secretary, 2014 - 2016
  • National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Opportunities in Protection Materials Science and Technology for Future Army Applications, 2010 - 2012
  • Organizer, SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, 2010
  • LLNL, Engineering Directorate Review Committee, Chair, 2008 - 2010
  • LLNL, Chemistry, Materials Earth and Life Sciences Directorate Review Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • Co-Founder, SIAM Activity Group on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (SIAG), 2008
  • National Research Council, Study Committee for the Evaluation of QMU, 2007
  • Engineering Sciences External Review Panel, Sandia National Laboratory, 2006 - 2009
  • LLNL, Engineering Directorate, Predictive Science Panel, 2006 - 2013
  • LANL, T-Division DRC, 2004 - 2006
  • LANL, ESA Division DRC POC to UCOP S&T Panel, 2004 - 2006
  • LLNL, Engineering Directorate, DRC POC to UCOP S&T Panel, 2004 - 2006
  • University of California Science & Technology Panel, 2002 - 2007
  • Elected Member-at-Large, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, 2000-2008
  • Chairman, Computational Mechanics Committee of the ASCE/EMD, 1990-1992
  • Founding Member - Spanish Society of Numerical Methods in Engineering, 1999
  • Committee on Application of Expert Systems to Materials Selection During Structural Design Panel on ONR Research Opportunities in Solid and Fluid Mechanics, National Research Council, 1991
  • Organizer (with C. F. Shih), IUTAM Symposium on Computational Mechanics of Materials, Brown University, June 15-18, 1993

Professional Societies

  • Fellow, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Fellow, International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

Biographical Sketch

Professor Ortiz received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1984-1995 he held a faculty position in the Division of Engineering of Brown University, where he carried out research activities in the fields of mechanics of materials and computational solid mechanics. He is currently the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been in the faculty since 1995 and where he has served as the director of Caltech’s DoE/PSAAP Center on High-Energy Density Dynamics of Materials from 2008-2013. Professor Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech, Midwest and Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Distinguished Speaker, an elected member-at-large of the US Association for Computational Mechanics and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Technical University of Munich. He is a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Professor Ortiz is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists, the IACM International Computational Mechanics Awards for Research, the USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award, the ISI Highly Cited Researcher Award, the inaugural 2008 Rodney Hill Prize conferred every four years by the IUTAM and 2015 Timoshenko Medal of the ASME. Professor Ortiz has served in the University of California Office of the President Science and Technology Panel, the Los Alamos National Laboratory T-Division Review Committee, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Predictive Science Panel, the Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Sciences External Review Panel, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chemistry, Materials, Earth and Life Sciences Directorate Review Committee, in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Engineering Directorate Review Committee and in the National Research Council Panel for the Evaluation of QMU. He has been editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics of ASCE and of the Journal of Applied Mechanics of the ASME and is presently associate editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Journal.

Curriculum Vitae - Long (pdf)
Curriculum Vitae - Short (pdf)