Professor Roger Owen has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Cape Town. Consistently ranked as the top university in Africa by the Times Higher Education, UCT is South Africa’s oldest university and undergoes world leading research in various areas including Mineral Beneficiation, Future Water and Climate and Development.

Professor Owen, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is an international authority on finite element and discrete element techniques, is the author of seven textbooks and over four hundred scientific publications. 

Professor Owen

In addition to being the editor of over thirty monographs and conference proceedings, Professor Owen is also the founding editor of the International Journal for Engineering Computations and is a member of several Editorial Boards.  His involvement in academic research has led to the supervision of eighty Ph.D. students.

Professor Owen’s research, in the field of solid and structural mechanics, has centred on the development of solution procedures for non-linear problems encountered in science and engineering. After undertaking his initial degrees at University of Wales Swansea, he completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, USA, under the guidance of Prof. T. Mura, in the field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. 

This work, and also his early post-doctoral experience as Walter P. Murphy’s Research Fellow at Northwestern, involved both the analytical and computational study of fundamental plastic material deformation described by continuously distributed dislocation mechanisms. 

His research works have contributed widely to computational plasticity, finite element and discrete element methods and high-performance computing for solving large-scale problems etc. and has helped to shape what is known today as computational engineering, a research field that supports almost all scientific and engineering sectors.

On the announcement of Professor Owen receiving this award College of Engineering’s Director of Research Professor Perumal Nithiarasu said “This is an excellent honour for Professor Owen from a top university in Africa. It demonstrates that his work continues to make a world wide impact, which is something Swansea University is very proud of.”