International Meshing Roundtable honors Marcum with 2017 Fellow Award

David Marcum

A professor from Mississippi State's Bagley College of Engineering has been selected as a Fellow of an international meshing organization.

David Marcum, the chief scientist at the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and a professor of mechanical engineering, was chosen as the recipient of the International Meshing Roundtable 2017 Fellow Award.

Marcum received the recognition during the recent 26th annual IMR conference in Barcelona, Spain.

As the recipient of the IMR 2017 Fellow Award, Marcum joins a shortlist of accomplished researchers in the area of mesh generation. Fellows qualify for the honor by their distinguished record and demonstrated high level of support and participation in IMR activities.

Marcum attributes much of his success within the IMR community to MSU’s research environment and the influence of Mississippi State alumnus and distinguished professor, Joe Thompson.

“While I am honored to receive this award, I also believe it serves as further recognition of the unbelievable foundation in computational simulation that Joe Thompson and others created for MSU,” Marcum said. “Joe was also a meshing researcher so I am also pleased to be able to continue a small part of his legacy.”

Since joining the Mississippi State engineering faculty in 1991, Marcum has served in a variety of director positions within the university’s research sector, leading MSU’s NSF Engineering Research Center and the Computational Simulation and Design Center. He is currently the chief scientist of computational fluid dynamics at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and holds a five-year international chair with Inria, a French national research institute.

Marcum’s industry experience includes time with The Boeing Company as a senior specialist engineer and McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a computational fluid dynamics scientist. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering, all from Purdue University.

In 1993, the first meshing roundtable meeting was initiated by Sandia National Laboratories, bringing together companies and organizations with a common goal of furthering research and development in the field of mesh and grid generation. Sandia National Laboratories has continued to host the International Meshing Roundtable, the only organization of its kind to exclusively focus on meshing.

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