Mark S. Shephard’s professional activities have focused on technologies to improve the reliability and level of automation of advanced numerical simulations to support their effective application by engineers and scientist. His research activities have lead to well recognized and applied contributions on the areas of automatic mesh generation of CAD geometry, automated and adaptive analysis methods, and parallel adaptive simulation technologies. This research has been supported by both government agencies (over 65 research grants from 13 agencies) and industry (funding from 44 companies). Dr. Shephard has published over 250 papers and graduated 24 Ph.D’s.
As part of his professional activities Mark S. Shephard founded Rensselaer's Scientific Computation Research Center that has brought together faculty form seven academic departments and three schools at Rensselaer to perform research on the development and application of advanced simulation technologies. These research activities have included collaborations with more that ten other universities over the past decade.
Mark S. Shephard is a co-founder, board member and technical advisor to Simmetrix Inc., a computer-aided engineering company dedicated to producing the technologies and associated software components to enable simulation-based engineering. Simmetrix is currently researching, developing and providing advanced simulation automation and simulation-based design technologies to CAE and Fortune 500 companies, and universities.
Dr. Siegel serves on the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has also chaired the World Technology Evaluation Center worldwide study of nanostructure science and technology that led to the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. He is the past chairman of the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials and earlier served on the U.S. National Materials Advisory Board Committee on Materials with Submicron-Sized Microstructures. He was the co-chairman of the Study Panel on Clusters and Cluster-Assembled Materials for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Siegel was on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1966 to 1976 and at Argonne National Laboratory from 1974 to 1995. He has been at Rensselaer since 1995, serving as Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering from 1995 to 2000. He has authored more than 260 publications and numerous patents (11 issued, 7 pending) in the areas of defects