Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, complex geometry systems in solid mechanics, and fluid/structure interaction problems.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004

Research Interests

Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.


Computational Mechanics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE). US Executive Office of the President (The White House). 2017
  • Early Career Award. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. 2014

Courses Taught

  • CEE 421L: Matrix Structural Analysis
  • CEE 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • CEE 531: Finite Element Methods for Problems in Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Wang, G; Scovazzi, G; Nouveau, L; Kees, CE; Rossi, S; Colomés, O; Main, A, Dual-scale Galerkin methods for Darcy flow, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 354 (2018), pp. 111-134 [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Scovazzi, G; Song, T; Zeng, X, A velocity/stress mixed stabilized nodal finite element for elastodynamics: Analysis and computations with strongly and weakly enforced boundary conditions, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 325 (2017), pp. 532-576 [10.1016/j.cma.2017.07.018] [abs].
  • Main, A; Scovazzi, G, The Shifted Boundary Method for Embedded Domain Computations. Part I: Poisson and Stokes Problems, Journal of Computational Physics (2017) [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Kucharik, M; Scovazzi, G; Shashkov, M; Loubère, R, A multi-scale residual-based anti-hourglass control for compatible staggered Lagrangian hydrodynamics, Journal of Computational Physics (2017) [10.1016/] [abs].
  • Scovazzi, G; Wheeler, MF; Mikelić, A; Lee, S, Analytical and variational numerical methods for unstable miscible displacement flows in porous media, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 335 (2017), pp. 444-496 [10.1016/] [abs].