UCT has bestowed a Doctor of Science in Engineering, honoris causa, on alumnus and 'giant of engineering science' Klaus-Jürgen Bathe. This is in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of computational engineering mechanics.
Bathe is not only a pioneer, but also unique in the way that his work has bridged the worlds of academia and industry. Besides being the celebrated Professor of Computational Mechanics at MIT, he is also the developer of the most advanced and very widely used finite element programme in the world today.
Bathe's company, ADINA, is a leader in analysis of solids and structures and in computational fluid dynamics, which enables the analysis of aeroplanes in bad weather, suspension bridges in high winds and the blood flow through arteries, for example.
His academic works are highly cited and his textbooks are considered to be the gold standard.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.