ASCE has honored Ronaldo I. Borja, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2016 Maurice A. Biot Medal for his significant contributions to the development of theoretical and computational framework for saturated and unsaturated porous media and for identifying the role of finite deformation and heterogeneity on the localization of deformation of porous materials.
Borja is a world-renowned scholar in the field of theoretical and computational solid mechanics, geomechanics and geosciences. His research spans a wide range of areas, including multi-scale discontinuity methods for crack propagation using extended finite element methods and his multi-physics processes like-coupled solid deformation-fluid diffusion in saturated and unsaturated porous media. His research is also renowned in stabilized finite element methods for solid-fluid interaction as well as nanoscale characterizations of deformation and fracture properties of shales.
He is known as a pioneer of modern poromechanics, who has made seminal advances to a discipline that was originally pioneered by Maurice Biot, the award’s namesake. His approaches have been noted for their rigor, mathematical virtuosity, elegance, and relevance to engineering problems.
Borja is the author of a textbook, Plasticity Modeling and Computation, and serves as co-editor of two leading journals in his field, the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics and Acta Geotechnica. He is the co-editor of the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. In addition to his research, Borja is making lasting contributions to the field of computational poromechanics through his teaching and mentoring.
The Maurice A. Biot Medal was established to recognize the lifetime achievement of Dr. Maurice A. Biot and is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding research contributions to the mechanics of porous materials.