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John Michopoulos, Ph.D., head of the Computational Multiphysics Systems Laboratory at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE).


The award was presented Aug. 15 in a ceremony at the International Technical Design Engineering Conferences and CIE Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the highest honor bestowed by the ASME CIE Division. The commendation of the award is “In recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement in advancing the discipline of computers and information in engineering.”


“Dr. Michopoulos has been a vital part of the NRL’s mission since 1986,” said Virginia DeGiorgi, Ph.D., superintendent of the NRL’s Materials Science and Technology Division. “He was always willing to solve new and emerging problems, never content to rest on his laurels.”


Among the many accomplishments attributed to Michopoulos is the development of the first six-degree-of-freedom (6-DoF) recursive autonomous robotic test system. This system was designed to generate all material response data needed for physics-based machine learning to characterize their response and test materials under load mimicking service conditions.


At the NRL, ongoing extensions of this technology make it possible to study the multiaxial and multiphysical fatigue of materials. Michopoulos and his group also created direct and inverse multi-physics and multi-scale theories and machine learning models and the associated computational tools and methodologies to generate digital twins for characterization, performance prediction, qualification and the certification of many hardware systems and platforms, including those produced by the additive manufacturing process in the spirit of integrated computational materials engineering principles.


“For example, our group [the Computational Multiphysics Systems Laboratory] has developed a technology that performs morphology optimization at multiple scales,” Michopoulos said. “This determines the shape of the structures that is best possible to perform multiple functions. This allows us to adapt the shape and morphology of a part to maximize the desired performance.


Michopoulos credits his early curiosity and inspiration in science and engineering to the mentors he had from an early age.


“I have been fortunate to have teachers and mentors who have inspired me and fertilized my desire to pursue a career in trying to answer questions in science and technology, and to do so in a way that obstacles are not seen as difficulties but rather as opportunities,” said Michopoulos.


Mentorship continues to play a key role in Michopoulos’ career with students and colleagues. He has held leadership positions in the CIE Division of ASME, serving on the CIE Executive Committee from 2008 to 2013. He chaired the 2011 CIE conference and co-chaired the 2012 CIE conference, organizing numerous workshops and sessions in these and all subsequent conferences.


“In addition to his technical accomplishments, he used his skills as a teacher, mentor and collaborator to develop the next generation of scientific leaders for the NRL,” DeGiorgi said.


Other notable achievements during Michopoulos’ career are the publication of four books, 15 peer-reviewed book chapters, 91 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 259 peer-reviewed conference papers, and 10 patents.


In addition to being recognized as a Fellow of ASME (2013), he has received numerous awards for scientific excellence and leadership, including the PS Theocaris Award from the National Academy of Athens in 2013, the Wolfram Innovator Award 2014 from Wolfram Research, Inc., the 2015 ASME Research Excellence Award, and the 2021 Sigma Xi Edison Chapter Award for Applied Science.


Its collaboration with industrial partners for several applied science projects has been demonstrated by multiple cooperative research and development agreements where the group’s research products have been and are being transitioned into practice within the interests of the ministry. of the defense.


“Awards like the Lifetime Achievement Award may seem to provide validation that others find your efforts worthwhile, but they are not able to reveal the incredible collaboration and synergy within the members of the Computational Multiphysics Systems Laboratory, who have all contributed to the successes that led to this award,” Michopoulos said. “Truly, this award is a reflection of not just my hard work, but also the hard work of the nine band members, as well as the unwavering support of my family.”


Michopoulos maintains his dedication to education by serving as a mentor to many Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program summer students and faculty.


He offered this advice to early-career researchers: “Find the dream or goal that scares you. A goal that you deem impossible in many ways, then pursue it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can achieve when you aim higher than you think.


Founded in 1880, ASME is a nonprofit organization with more than 90,000 members worldwide that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skill development in all disciplines of engineering. The purpose and mission of ASME is to help the global engineering community develop solutions that benefit lives and livelihoods and to promote the art, science and practice of engineering. mechanical and multidisciplinary and related sciences with diverse communities around the world.





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