Bernhard Schrefler 

Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials - University of Padova 
tel +39 049 8275611 - fax +39 049 8275604 - e-mail bernhard.schrefler[at]


Date of birth: October 04, 1942

Bernhard Schrefler is professor emeritus at the University of Padova and Secretary General of the International Centre for Mechanical Science (CISM) at Udine. Obtained a Ph.D. and D.Sc. at the University of Wales. He published over two hundreds papers in refereed journal, five textbooks and twentythree edited texts. The text "The Finite Element Method in the Static and Dynamic Deformation and Consolidation of Porous Media" is an accepted state-of-the-art book. He serves on the Editorial Board of many academic journals. Active within European Community R & D and training initiatives. Within the sixth framework programme he took part in MAECENAS, UPTUN, IALAD, KMM-NoE, RAMWASS,  a MARIE CURIE Programme and in a EURATOM/CNR-ENEA contract on thermo-mechanical problems in superconducting coils for ITER. Within FP seven he is involved in INVINN and Marie Curie Programme MUMOLADE, further he takes part in a SOCRATES contract with Poland. Research interests are in the following areas: Environmental Geomechanics, Soil Science and Reservoir Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Structural-and Materials Engineering, Fusion Technology.

Educational activity
Teaching activity is carried out at University of Padova, in particular Structural Mechanics within the frame of Structural Engineering education. Seminars are held at different universities and research centres as invited professor.

Membership and Appointment
Member of: Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti; National (Italian) Academy of Sciences (“dei XL”); Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. Istituto Lombardo di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, (corresponding member), Senior Affiliate Member of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston (2011-).

Awards and Honors
Honorary Doctor of Science, St. Petersburg State Technical University (1999), Honorary Doctor of Science and Technology, University of Technology of Lodz (2002), Honorary Degree from the University of Wales Swansea (2005), Honorary Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) from Leibniz University of Hannover (2006), Honorary Professor of Dalian University of Technology (2007), Honorary Doctor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2008), Honorary Doctor of the Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan (2010), Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques, France (2006), Fellow of IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics) (1998), Computational Mechanics Award (2002), IACM Award (2006), Maurice A. Biot Medal on Porous Media (2009), Euler Medal (2010), Olgierd A. Zienkiewicz Medal of the Polish Association of Computational Mechanics (2011), Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Conference of Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences ICCES (2012).


[max 10 publications
in the last 3 years]

G. Sciumè, D.P. Boso, W.G. Gray, C. Cobelli, B.A. Schrefler,A two-phase model of plantar tissue: a step towards prediction of diabetic foot ulceration, Int. J. Num Methods Biom. Eng, Online first, May 19, 2014, doi: 10.1002/cnm.2650.

G. Bao, Y. Bazilevs, J.H. Chung, P. Decuzzi, H.D. Espinosa, M. Ferrari, H. Gao, S.S. Hossain, T.J.R. Hughes, R.D. Kamm, W.K. Liu, A. Marsden, B.A. Schrefler, USNCTAM Perspectives on Mechanics in Medicine, J. R. Soc. Interface, 11:20140301,,

S. Secchi, B.A. Schrefler, Hydraulic fracturing and its peculiarities, Asia Pacific Journal on Computational Engineering, 1, 8 (2014), doi: 10.1186/2196-1166-1-8.

P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, W.K. Liu, Nanomedicine, Computational Mechanics, 53, 3 (2014) 401–402.

G. Sciumè, W.G. Gray, F. Hussain, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, Three phase flow dynamics in tumor growth, Computational Mechanics, 51 (2014) 465–484.

G. Sciumè, W.G. Gray, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, On Computational modeling in tumor growth, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 4 (2013) 327–352.

W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, B.A. Schrefler, Averaging theory for description of environmental problems: What have we learned, Advances in Water Resources 51 (2013) 123–138.

G. Sciumè, S.E. Shelton , W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, F. Hussain, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, A multiphase model for three dimensional tumor growth, New Journal of Physics 15 (2013) 015005 (35p),

A. Leygue, F. Chinesta, M. Beringhier, T.L. Nguyen, J.C. Grandidier, F. Pesavento, B.A. Schrefler, Towards a framework for non-linear thermal models in shell domains, I.J. Heat and Fluid Flow, 23 (2013): 55-73.

G. Sciume, S.E. Shelton, W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, F. Hussain, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, Tumor Growth Modeling from the Perspective of Multiphase Porous Media Mechanics, MCB (2012), 9, 3 193-212.




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