Jacob Fish

ROBERT A. W. AND CHRISTINE S. CARLETON PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR

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Jacob Fish is a computational scientist that creates simulation-based design approaches that: (i) remove traditional scale related barriers between physics, chemistry, biology, and various engineering disciplines; (ii) is predictive rather than diagnostic; and (iii) multiphysics-multiscale rather than phenomenological.

Research Interests

Computational engineering, multiscale methods, composite materials, finite elements.

Fish has made many fundamental and seminal contributions to multiscale computational science and engineering. Among the most noteworthy contributions are: the s- method for adaptivity, multiscale enrichment elements, homogenization of discrete media, multigrid-based multiscale methods, scale separation-free homogenization methods, reduced order homogenization methods, stochastic multiscale methods, methods accounting for micro-inertia effect, and coupling of multiple physical process at multiple spatial and temporal scales. His research has had tremendous impact on industry:  his multiscale methodologies have been employed for manufacturing of GE90 fan blades; environmental degradation of turbo-engines for General Electric, United Technologies, and Rolls-Royce; life prediction of aerospace components for Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and Sikorski; energy absorption of composite cars manufactured by  General Motors; aging and environmental degradation of  composites in collaboration with Boeing and GE Aviation; reinforced concrete structures; piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials; various nanotechnology applications ranging from nanodevices to nanomaterials; and most recently, additive manufacturing, fracture of femur, and manufacturing processes. 

Fish received a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University in 1989. He serves as an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering, editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, and is on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is a past president of the United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM); a Fellow of American Academy of Mechanics, United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), and the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).

Jacob Fish received his BS in structural engineering in 1982 and his MS in structural mechanics in 1985 from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. In 1989, he graduated with a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern University. He joined the faculty of Columbia Engineering in 2010. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2020-
  • The Carleton Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2011-
  • Director, Multiscale Science and Engineering Center at Columbia University, 2011-
  • Founder and President, Multiscale Design Systems, LLC., 2007-15
  • Director, Multiscale Science and Engineering Center at RPI, 2006-10
  • The Redfern Professor of Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), RPI., 2006-10
  • Professor, (MANE) and (CEE), RPI. 1198-2010
  • Visiting Chair Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France, 2001
  • Associate Professor, CEE and MANE (joint), RPI., 1994-98
  • Research Engineer, Methods Development Group, Aircraft Industries, Israel, 1984-86
  • Structural Engineer, Civil Engineering Consulting, Inc., Tel-Aviv, Israel., 1982-84

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal Multiscale Computational Engineering, 2002-
  • Editor, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Eng., 2008-
  • Area Editor, Thermopedia, 2008-
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Eng., 2001-
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Computational Eng. Science, 2003-
  • Editorial Board Member, Computer Methods in Applied Mech. and Eng., 2005-
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Computational Methods, 2005-
  • Vice President, International Association for Computational Mechanics, 2018-
  • Past President, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, 2002 – 2006

HONORS & AWARDS

  • John von Neumann Medal, US Association for Computational Mechanics, 2021.
  • Grand Prize, Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science, 2019.
  • Computational Mechanics Award, International Association for Comp. Mechanics, 2010.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2007.
  • Ted Belytschko Medal, US Association for Computational Mechanics, 2005.
  • Rensselaer School of Engineering Research Award, 2003.
  • Fellow, International Association for Computational Mechanics, 2001.
  • Fellow, US Association for Computational Mechanics, 2000.
  • Best Paper Award, ASME, International Computers in Engineering Conf., 1995.
  • Best Paper Award, AIAA/SDM Conference, 1993.
  • Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Presidential, 1992.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • J. Fish, Practical Multiscaling, John Wiley, 2013.
  • J. Fish and T. Belytschko, A First Course in Finite Elements, John Wiley, 2007.
  • J. Fish, The s-version of the finite element method, Computers and Structures, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 539-547, (1992).
  • J. Fish, K. Shek, M. Pandheeradi, and M.S. Shephard, Computational Plasticity for Composite Structures Based on Mathematical Homogenization: Theory and Practice,” Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. Engng., Vol. 148, pp. 53-73, (1997)
  • J. Fish and V. Belsky, Multigrid method for a periodic heterogeneous medium. Parts 1 & 2. Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. Engng., Vol. 126, 1-38, (1995).
  • C. Oskay and J. Fish, Eigendeformation-Based Reduced Order Homogenization, Comp. Meth. Appl. Mech. Engng., Vol. 196, pp. 1216-1243, (2007).
  • J. Fish and S. Kuznetsov, Computational Continua, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 84, pp. 774-802, (2010).
  • Y. Jiao and J. Fish. Is the framework based on the additive decomposition of rate of deformation and objective stress rates passé? Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 327, pp. 196–225, (2017)
  • Y. Jiao and J. Fish. On the equivalence between the multiplicative hyper-elasto-plasticity and the additive hypo-elasto-plasticity based on the modified kinetic logarithm stress rate. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 340, pp. 824-863, (2018)
  • J. Fish, G. Wagner, S. Keten. Mesoscopic and multiscale modelling. Nature Materials. 2021 (in print).