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.
Rensselaer’s Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC) has a 32 year history of developing high performance computing technologies that are being applied to a wide variety of applications. Research activities include:
- High-Performance Simulation Methods - mathematical models and discretization methods.
- Simulation Reliability – adaptive methods and uncertainty quantification.
- Massively Parallel Computations – scalable methods to solve real world problems.
- Multiscale Computations - models and methods for linking across multiple scales.
- Construction of Simulation Systems – collaborative development of application specific simulation workflows.
Currently SCOREC’s research is supported by the US Department of Energy through the SciDAC Institutes and Partnerships, and Exascale Computing Program, and grants from NSF, NIH, DoD, NASA and Industry. Current areas of application include modeling of fusion plasma systems, land and sea ice, soft tissues, additive manufacturing processes and microelectronics. Methods and software developed by SCOREC are included in commercial computer aided engineering systems, advanced finite element analysis codes, in software being used by many hospitals to do non-intrusive evaluation of patients need for arterial stents, etc.
Massively parallel simulation methods, unstructured mesh methods on parallel computers.
The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Mark Shephard has 302 indexed publications in the subjects of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics.