research area is the interdisciplinary approach to the theory of the excitation, propagation, and scattering of acoustic, elastic and electromagnetic waves, with emphasis on their technological applications. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands.

Hermann A. Haus was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He attended the Technische Hochschule, Graz, and the Technische Hochschule, Vienna, Austria. He received a B.Sc. degree from Union College, Schenectady, New York, a M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Sc.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of electrical engineering at MIT in 1954, where he is an institute professor. He is engaged in research in electromagnetic theory and lasers. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than 200 journal articles. Dr. Haus is a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, the American Physical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the 1984 Award of the IEEE Quantum Electronics and Applications Society, the 1987 Charles Hard Townes Prize of the Optical Society of America, and the 1991 IEEE Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Union College, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Thomas J.R. Hughes holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Pratt Institute and a M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career as a mechanical design engineer at Grumman Aerospace, subsequently joining General Dynamics as a research and development engineer. Upon graduation from U.C.-Berkeley, he received the Bernard Friedman Memorial Award in Applied Mechanics. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Berkeley faculty, eventually moving to the California Institute of Technology and then to Stanford University. At Stanford, he has served as chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, coeditor of the international journal Computer Methodsin Applied Mechanics and Engineering, and past president of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. He is a founder and executive council member of the International Association of Computational Mechanics, and founder and chairman of Centric Engineering Systems, Inc. Dr. Hughes has been a leading figure in the development of the field of computational mechanics. He has published more than 200 works on computational methods in solid, structural, and fluid mechanics and is one of the most widely cited authors in the field. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including the frequently cited text The Finite Element Method. His research has included many pioneering studies of basic theory as well as diverse applications to practical problems. He received the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1978, the Melville Medal in 1979, and the 1993 Computational Mechanics Award of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers for his research contributions and service to the field of computational mechanics. His seminal studies on contact-impact, plate and shell elements, time integration procedures, incompressible media, algorithms for inelastic materials, nonlinear solution strategies, iterative equation solvers, parallel computing, and finite elements for fluids have had a major impact on the development of software used throughout the world today.

Alan Rolf Mickelson received a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Texas, El Paso in 1973, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology in 1974 and 1978, respectively. Dr. Mickelson spent a postdoctoral year at Caltech in 1978-1979 before going to the Byurakan Astrophysical

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