Hall of Distinction Class of 1987-1988

John Tinsley Oden was born on Christmas day in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1936. He finished secondary school in Alexandria in 1955 and entered LSU in the fall of that year. He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from LSU in 1959. Today, Dr. Oden holds the Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, he is also professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas, and is director of the Texas Institute for Computational Mechanics. Dr. Oden earned a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Oklahoma State University in 1962. He taught at OSU and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, where he was the head of the Department of Engineering Mechanics prior to going to Texas in 1973. He has held visiting professor positions at other universities in the United States, England, and Brazil.

Dr. Oden is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a fellow and life member of the Society of Engineering Science. He is a past president of the Society of Engineering Science and the American Academy of Mechanics. He is a founding member of both the International Association for the Computational Mechanics and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics; he is Vice-President of the Americas for IACM and President of USACM. He is chairman of the Committee on Computing in Applied Mechanics of the ASME and is a member of the executive committee of the Engineering Mechanics Division of the ASCE. He is a member-at-large of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

An author and editor of 37 books and monographs, Dr. Oden has authored or co-authored 18 books and monographs on computational mechanics, continuum mechanics, applied mathematics, finite element methods, and variational methods. His treatise “Finite Elements of Nonlinear Continua” first published in 1972 was translated into Russian in 1976, Japanese in 1980, and Chinese in 1981. He co-authors a six-volume series on finite element methods published by Prentice-Hall, books on variational methods in theoretical mechanic by Springer Verlag, the monograph “Qualitative Methods in Nonlinear Mechanics” by Prentice-Hall, and, most recently, “Contact Problem in Elasticity” By SIAM Publications. His monograph “Bifurcation in Spinning Bodies” is to be published by the French firm Masson this year. In addition, Dr. Oden has been an editor or co-editor of 17 volumes on computational methods in mechanics. He is an editor of the series, "Finite Elements in Fluids," and of "Computational Methods in Nonlinear Mechanics," and is the author of over 350 scientific publications on applied mathematics, mechanics and computational methods.

Dr. Oden serves on the editorial board of 17 international journals. Presently he is a U.S. editor of "Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering," and associate editor of both the "International Journal of Engineering Science" and the journal, "Nonlinear Analysis, Theory, Methods, & Applications." He serves on the editorial boards of the "SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing and Statistics," the "Journal of Numerical Functional Analysis and Optimization", the "International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering," and several other international journals.

In 1986, Dr. Oden was awarded an honorary doctorate, the "Doctor Honoris Causa," by the Technical University in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Oden received the Walter Huber Research Prize for distinguished research contributions by the ASCE in 1973, and the SECTAM Research Award from the Southeastern Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1978 at the University of Texas. In 1988, Dr. Oden was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Oden has delivered numerous lectures to many major universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has also given invited lectures in the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and several other countries in Africa and South America.

In recognition of his abilities as an engineer, administrator, and educator, and in appreciation of selfless service to others, the College of Engineering is proud to welcome J. Tinsley Oden to the Engineering Hall of Distinction.