Alfio Quarteroni

Biographical sketch

Alfio Quarteroni is  Professor of Numerical Analysis at  Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Director of MOX. He is the founder of MOX at Politecnico di Milano (2002), the founder of MATHICSE at EPFL, Lausanne (2010), the co-founder (and President) of MOXOFF, a spin-off company at Politecnico di Milano (2010). Co-founder of MATHESIA (2015) and of MATH&SPORT (2016).

He has been Director of the Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing at the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Lausanne (Switzerland), from 1 July 1998 to 1 December 2017.

He is author of 25 books, editor of 5 books, author of more than 300 papers published in international Scientific Journals and Conference Proceedings, member of the editorial board of 25 International Journals and Editor in Chief of two book series published by Springer.

Among his awards and honors are: the NASA Group Achievement Award for the pioneering work in Computational Fluid Dynamics in 1992, the Fanfullino della Riconoscenza 2006, Città di Lodi, the Premio Capo D’Orlando 2006, the Ghislieri prize 2013, the International Galileo Galilei prize for Sciences 2015, and the Euler Lecture 2017.

He is the Recipient of two ERC advanced grants: “MATHCARD” in 2008 and “iHEART” in 2017, and of two ERC PoC (Proof of Concept) grants: “Math2Ward” in 2012 and “Math4AAARisk” in 2015; recipient of the Galileian Chair from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, 2001; doctor Honoris Causa in Naval Engineering from University of Trieste, Italy, 2003; SIAM Fellow (first row) since 2009; IACM (International Association of Computational Mechanics) Fellow since 2004. He is member of the Italian Academy of Science (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei), the European Academy of Science, the Academia Europaea, and the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere.

He has been invited speaker at ICM 2002 in Beijing and plenary speaker at ICM 2006 in Madrid.

His research interests concern Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Application to: fluid mechanics, geophysics, medicine and the improvement of sports performance. His Group has carried out the mathematical optimization of the early Solar Impulse (the solar energy propelled airplane), and the simulation for the optimization of performances of the Alinghi yacht, the winner of two editions (2003 and 2007) of the America’s Cup.


  • Founder of the Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (MATHICSE) at EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland), since 2010, and first Director [2010 – 2016]
  • First Director of the Center for Advanced Modeling Science (CADMOS) at EPFL [2009 – 2014]
  • Head of the Scientific Research Division of CRS4 [1992 – 1995]
  • Founder of MOX (Politecnico di Milano), 2002,  first Director [2002 – 2013], and Director [2018 – ]
  • CRS4 – Scientific Director [1995 – 1996]
  • Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) [1990 – 1992]
  • Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Catholic University of Brescia, and Chairman, Department of Mathematics [1986 – 1989]
  • Researcher at the Istituto di Analisi Numerica of the Italian Research Council, Pavia [1976 – 1986]
  • Researcher at Montedison – Donegani Research Institute of Novara (Italy) [1975 – 1976]


  • Author of 25 [books] (23 published by Springer, 1 by Oxford University Press, 1 by Esculapio)
  • Editor of 9 [books] (7 published by Springer, 1 by North-Holland Elsevier, 1 by the American Mathematical Society)
  • Author of more than 300 [papers] published in refereed international Journals and Conference Proceedings.


  • Elected Full Member of Academia Europaea, since 2014
  • Nominated Honorary member of ECMI (European Consortium of Mathematics in Industry), since 2014
  • Nominated Member of the IMU Circle (International Mathematical Union), since 2014
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS), since 2010, and Head of the Computational and Information Sciences Division, since 2014
  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) since 2009 (first row), and member of the Board of Trustees, 2009-2013
  • Paul Harris Fellow, 2008
  • Member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italian National Academy of Sciences), since 2004
  • Fellow of International Association of Computational Mechanics, 2004
  • Laurea Honoris Causa in Naval Engineering, University of Trieste, Italy, 10 October 2003
  • Recipient of the Galileian Chair, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy 2001
  • Member of the Lombard Academy of Science (Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere), since 1995
  • Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, 1990-1992


  • Galileo Galilei International Prize for Science, 2015 [more]
  • Recipient of an ERC PoC (Proof of Concept) Grant “Math4AAA Risk”, June 2015
  • Recipient of an ERC PoC (Proof of Concept) Grant “MathToWard”, August 2012 [more]
  • Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant “MATHCARD”, August 2008 [more]
  • Premio Ghislieri 2013 [more]
  • Premio Scientifico Capo D’Orlando 2006, Museo Mineralogico Campano [more]
  • Fanfullino d’oro della Riconoscenza 2006, Città di Lodi [more]
  • Plenary Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Madrid 2006 [more][lecture video]
  • IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics), Fellow Award, 2004
  • SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize 2004
  • Premio Agrumello 2003
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the pioneering work in Computational Fluid Dynamics as a member of the ICASE numerical analysis and algorithms group, 1992


  • The 2017 Euler Lecture, Potsdam, Germany
  • ECCOMAS 2016 plenary speaker, Crete
  • PACM Colloquium, Princeton University, 2015
  • EMS distinguished speaker 2014, Bilbao
  • The IMA Lighthill Lecture, Cardiff, UK 2014
  • The Feng Kang distinguished lecture 2013, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • The Harold J. Gay Lecture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012
  • The R. Mitchell lecture 2011, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Colloquium on the 100th anniversary of the Real Sociedad Matematica Espanola, La Coruna, 2011
  • The XXVth Courant Lecture 2010, Courant Institute
  • Frontiers Lectures 2010, Texas A&M University
  • The Alan Tayler Lecture 2008, University of Oxford
  • Santalò Lecture 2008, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • WCCM8-ECCOMAS 2008, Venice
  • IMA, Minneapolis, Math matters public lecture, 2008
  • SIAM Conference on Analysis of PDEs, Phoenix, 2007
  • International Symposium for Leonard Euler Tercentenary, Basel, 2007
  • Lagrange Lecture 2007, University of Turin
  • ICM2006 plenary speaker, Madrid


  • Chairman of the Scientific Committee at ICIAM 2019
  • Chairman of the ERC Consolidator Grants, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Chairman of the Gauss Prize Committee, IMU 2014
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of MFO (since 2014)
  • Chairman of the Lagrange Prize Committee, ICIAM 2011
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck für Mathematik (since 2011)
  • Member of European Society of Biomechanics (since 2009)
  • Member of the SIAM Subcommittee on Journals (since 2009)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the NSF Institute for the Life Sciences, Rice University, Houston University and the Texas Medical Center (since 2009)
  • Member of the International Scientific and Technological Advising Committee of Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica (LNCC), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (since 2008)
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee of CEMAT, IST Lisbon (since 2008)
  • Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDEs (since 2008)
  • Chairman of the panel for the selection of invited speakers in Session 16 (Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing) at ICM2006 (International Congress of Mathematicians)
  • Chairman of the Evaluation Panel “Mathematics and Computer Sciences” of CIVR, 2005 [more]
  • Chairman of the Math. Recruiting Commission of the EPFL (2004-2009)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Research Center “Mathematics for key Technologies”, TU Berlin (2003-2010)
  • Member of the Doctoral School Board of EPFL (2002-2006)
  • Member of the Board for Academic Promotion (CPA) of EPFL (2001-2010)
  • Chairman of the Mathematics and Computer Science RTN evaluation panel of the E.U., 1999
  • Member of the Research Board of EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne) (1998-2004)
  • Co-Chairman (with P.L. Lions) of the AMIF research programme of the European Science Foundation (1996-2001)



  • SMAI Journal of Computational Mathematics (2014-)
  • SeMA Journal, Springer (2016-)
  • In Silico Pharmacology (2012-)
  • Vietnam Journal of Mathematics (2011-)
  • Journal of Computational Dynamics (2010-)
  • Journal on Mathematics in Industry (2010-)
  • Int. J. Num. Meth. Biomed. Engng. (IJNMBE) (2010-)
  • Numerical Algorithms (2009-)
  • Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (2009-)
  • MathematicS In Action, SMAI, Paris (2008-)
  • Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (CAMCoS) (2008-)
  • Environmental Semeiotics (2008-)
  • Portugaliae Mathematica (2008-)
  • Networks and Heterogeneous Media, AIMS (2006-)
  • Revista Matematica Complutense (2004-)
  • Numerische Mathematik (2004-)
  • S.I.A.M. Journal on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MMS) (2002-)
  • CMAME (Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering) (2001-)
  • PCFD (Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics) (2000-)
  • Annali di Matematica Pura e Applicata (1999-)
  • Applied Numerical Mathematics (1999-)
  • Journal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics (1998-)
  • MECCANICA (1998-2004)
  • JEMS (Journal of the European Mathematical Society) (1998-)
  • Computing and Visualization in Science (1996-2006)
  • MMAN (formerly R.A.I.R.O.) (1995-)
  • Journal on Numerical Mathematics (formerly EastWest Journal on Numerical Mathematics) (1993-)
  • Advances in Computational Mathematics (1992-1995)
  • Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences (1992-)
  • S.I.A.M. Journal on Numerical Analysis (1991-1996, 2002-2007)


  • 55 PhD Students
  • 120 Master Students
  • 60 Post-Docs