Charbel Farhat and his Research Group (FRG) develop mathematical models, advanced computational algorithms, and high-performance software for the design and analysis of complex systems in aerospace, marine, mechanical, and naval engineering. They contribute major advances to Simulation-Based Engineering Science. Current engineering foci in research are on the nonlinear aeroelasticity and flight dynamics of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) with flexible flapping wings and N+3 aircraft with High Aspect Ratio (HAR) wings, layout optimization and additive manufacturing of wing structures, supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for Mars landing, and underwater acoustics. Current theoretical and computational emphases in research are on high-performance, multi-scale modeling for the high-fidelity analysis of multi-physics problems, high-order embedded boundary methods, uncertainty quantification, and efficient model-order reduction for time-critical applications such as design and active control.
Professor Farhat is designated as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Engineering by the Institute for Science Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge, Thomson Scientific Company (ISIHighlyCited.com). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of six international societies: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Association of Computational Mechanics, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the United States Association of Computational Mechanics,
and the World Innovation Foundation. He was knighted by the Prime Minister of France in the Order of Academic Palms and awarded the Medal of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. Most recently, he was also designated by the US Navy recruiters as a Primary Key-Influencer and flew with the Blue Angels during Fleet Week 2014.
Professor Farhat is also the recipient of several other professional and academic distinctions including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Computers & Information in Engineering Division, the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the John von Neumann Medal, Computational and Applied Sciences Award and R. H. Gallagher Special Achievement Award from the United States Association of Computational Mechanics, the Gordon Bell Prize and Sidney Fernbach Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, the Gauss-Newton Medal, IACM Award, Computational Mechanics Award and Computational Mechanics Award for Young Investigators from the International Association of Computational Mechanics, the Modeling and Simulation Award from the Department of Defense, the IBM Sup'Prize Achievement Award, the CRAY Research Award, and the United States Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the White House.