Congratulations to Prof. Mike Shields, a faculty member of CISMMS at JHU-WSE, for receiving a 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. This prestigious award funds early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps while also promoting professional development. Prof. Shields was selected based on his proposal, “Efficient stochastic simulation-based computational modeling for structural design, reliability, and life-cycle assessment.”
His research focuses on the development of stochastic simulation-based methodologies for quantification of uncertainties in computational physical modeling. This work lies at the interface of applied probability and statistics and computational mechanics with the aim of enhancing the computational modeling of physical systems through careful accounting of the uncertainties associated with the physical world, lack of knowledge, and the numerical models themselves. This is achieved by developing new ways in which to simulate stochastic and/or uncertain phenomena that can be coupled with state-of-the-art deterministic computational models. Prof. Shields is also a faculty member of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) and affiliated with the Systems Institute (SI).