Alfio Quarteroni

Biographical sketch

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Alfio Quarteroni is  Professor of Numerical Analysis at  Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Emeritus Professor at EPFL, Lausanne. He is the founder (and director) 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, Lausanne (Switzerland), from 1 July 1998 to 1 December 2017.

He is the author of 20 books (several of them with multiple editions and translated into several languages), editor of 12 books, author of more than 350 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.

(Google Scholar: H-index 80, cts. 45000; Scopus: H-index 48, cts. 8470)

Awards and Honors

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, the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, and the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere, Honorary member of ECMI and EAMBES Fellow.
He has been invited speaker at ICM 2002 in Beijing and plenary speaker at ICM 2006 in Madrid.

Research Interests

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.

Named Lectures

Among more than 500 invited lectures given, we mention the following named lectures:

  • The Pedro Nunes Lectures 2018, Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, Portugal, 2018
  • The Russel Marker Lectures 2018, PennState University, State College, USA 2018
  • 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

Mentoring Activity

  • 66 PhD Students (7 ongoing)
  • 120 Master Students
  • 60 Post-Docs