Guglielmo Scovazzi


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

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 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.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences & Kavli Foundation. 2018
  • 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 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Atallah, NM; Canuto, C; Scovazzi, G, The second-generation Shifted Boundary Method and its numerical analysis, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 372 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2020.113341] [abs].
  • Karatzas, EN; Stabile, G; Nouveau, L; Scovazzi, G; Rozza, G, A reduced-order shifted boundary method for parametrized incompressible Navier–Stokes equations, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 370 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2020.113273] [abs].
  • Li, K; Atallah, NM; Main, GA; Scovazzi, G, The Shifted Interface Method: A flexible approach to embedded interface computations, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 121 no. 3 (2020), pp. 492-518 [10.1002/nme.6231] [abs].
  • Karatzas, EN; Stabile, G; Atallah, N; Scovazzi, G; Rozza, G, A Reduced Order Approach for the Embedded Shifted Boundary FEM and a Heat Exchange System on Parametrized Geometries, vol 36 (2020), pp. 111-125 [10.1007/978-3-030-21013-7_8] [abs].
  • Atallah, NM; Canuto, C; Scovazzi, G, Analysis of the shifted boundary method for the Stokes problem, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 358 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2019.112609] [abs].