Dr.ir.Dr.h.c. René de Borst, FREng, FRSE, FICE, CEng
M. Roy. Netherl. Acad. Arts and Sci., M. Eur. Acad. Sci. and Arts
The Centenary Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Sheffield
Mappin Street, Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK
René de Borst received an MSc in civil engineering in 1982, and a PhD in 1986, both from Delft University of Technology (cum laude). In 1988 he was appointed as Professor of Computational Mechanics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, and in 1999 he became Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. In 2000 he was appointed Distinguished Professor. From 2007 until 2011 he was Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Distinguished Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has been the 10th Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, the oldest chair in engineering in the UK, established in 1840 by Queen Victoria, and is currently the inaugural holder of the Centenary Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
He has held visiting professorships in Albuqurque (New Mexico), Tokyo, Barcelona, Milan, Cachan, Metz, Lyon, has been a visiting Directeur de Récherche at CNRS in France, a Marie-Curie Distinguished Researcher in Lublin, the John Argyris Visiting Professor in Stuttgart, and MTS Visiting Professor of Geomechanics at the University of Minnesota.
René de Borst is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Editor of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Computational Mechanics, Associate Editor of the Aeronautical Journal, and member of the editorial board of another twenty journals.
He is recipient of several honours and awards, including the Composite Structures Award, the Max-Planck Research Award, the IACM Computational Mechanics Award, the NWO Spinoza Prize (highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands), the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and the JSCES Grand Prize. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the International Association of Computational Mechanics, and Fellow of the International Association for Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures. He has been inducted in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. He is an Officer in the National Order of Merit [France], and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA-LYON) and an ERC Advanced Grant.