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Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Charbel Farhat

Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Charbel Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures in the School of Engineering. From 2008 to 2023, he chaired the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, and from 2022 to 2023, he chaired this department as the inaugural James and Anna Marie Spilker Chair of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also Professor in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and Director of the Stanford-King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics. From 2017 to 2023, he served on the the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable; from 2015 to 2019, on the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB); from 2008 to 2018, on the United States Bureau of Industry and Security's Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) at the United States Department of Commerce; and from 2007 to 2018, as the Director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center at Stanford University. He was designated by the US Navy recruiters as a Primary Key-Influencer and flew with the Blue Angels during Fleet Week 2014.

He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Member of three national academies: the National Academy of Engineering; the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK); and the Lebanese Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of: a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense; and three Docteur Honoris Causa degrees from Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers. He is a designated ISI Highly Cited Author in Engineering by the Institute for Science Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge and a Fellow of seven professional societies: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM); the Society of Engineering Science (SES); the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM); the United States Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM); and the World Innovation Foundation (WIF). He was knighted by the Prime Minister of France in the Order of Academic Palms and awarded the Medal of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He is also a recipient of several other professional and academic distinctions including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASME's Computers Information in Engineering Division; the Spirit of St Louis Medal from the ASME's Aerospace Division; the AIAA Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity, the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, the Collier Aerospace HyperX/AIAA Structures Award, and an AIAA Journal Authors Seminar Award from the AIAA; the John von Neumann Medal and the Computational and Applied Sciences Award from the USACM; the Grand Prize from the Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES); the Gauss-Newton Medal and the IACM Award from the IACM; the Gordon Bell Prize and the Sidney Fernbach Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society; the Olof B. Widlund Prize from Domain Decomposition Methods; and the Modeling and Simulation Award from the Department of Defense.

He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Physics. He has been an AGARD lecturer at several distinguished European institutions and a plenary or keynote speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings. He is the author of over 650 refereed journal publications on fluid-structure interaction; computational fluid dynamics on moving grids; computational structural mechanics; computational acoustics; supercomputing; model order reduction; and physics-based machine learning.


PhD, The University of California, Berkeley, Civil Engineering (1987)
MS, The University of California, Berkeley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1986)
MS, The University of California, Berkeley, Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (1984)
MS, Universite de Paris VI, France, Applied Mechanics (1983)
Diplome d'Ingenieur, Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, France (1983)