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 531: Finite Element Methods for Problems in Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 630: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 525: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • 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].
  • 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].
  • Rossi, S; Abboud, N; Scovazzi, G, Implicit finite incompressible elastodynamics with linear finite elements: A stabilized method in rate form, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 311 (2016), pp. 208-249 [10.1016/j.cma.2016.07.015] [abs].
  • Scovazzi, G; Carnes, B; Zeng, X; Rossi, S, A simple, stable, and accurate linear tetrahedral finite element for transient, nearly, and fully incompressible solid dynamics: a dynamic variational multiscale approach, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 106 no. 10 (2016), pp. 799-839 [10.1002/nme.5138] [abs].
  • Zeng, X; Scovazzi, G, A variational multiscale finite element method for monolithic ALE computations of shock hydrodynamics using nodal elements, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 315 (2016), pp. 577-608 [10.1016/] [abs].