Professor Rubén Sevilla

Professor, Engineering
Academic Office - A_128
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I obtained my PhD in 2009 from the Civil Engineering School of UPC-BarcelonaTech, ranked 23rd in the world in the field of Civil and Structural Engineering, after obtaining my 5-year degree from the UPC School of Mathematics, ranked first in Spain for over a decade. During this period I received three awards from the European Association for Computational Methods in Applied Sciences, the Spanish Association for Computational Methods in Engineering and the publisher Birkhauser-Verlag for the best thesis in Spain and Europe. In 2009 I moved to Swansea, to work in the renowned Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering as a post-doctoral research assistant and I became faculty member in 2012. Since then, I have received a number of honours and awards from the publisher EMERALD and the Welsh government.

I am the current President of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics and I also hold a number of positions in the European Association for Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and the International Association for Computational Mechanics.


Areas Of Expertise

  • Computational Engineering
  • High-order Finite Elements
  • Numerical Methods
  • Reduced Order Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mesh generation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

My teaching is closely related to my research. I teach problem solving in Engineering using programming for undergraduate Year 2 Civil Engineering students and Finite Element Computational Analysis to postgraduate students in the MEng Civil Engineering, MEng Aerospace Engineering, MSc in Civil Engineering, MSc in Aerospace Engineering, MSc in Computational Engineering and the International MSc in Computational Mechanics.

I am also responsible for the Research Dissertation module of the International MSc in Computational Mechanics and the Visiting Research Dissertation module offered to exchange students.

I am currently the coordinator of the international International MSc in Computational Mechanics (formerly Erasmus Mundus) and Year 2 Coordinator of the Civil Engineering degree.



My research interest is the development, analysis and application of advanced discretisation methods to problems of industrial interest. I am particularly interested in methods that are able to account for an accurate boundary representation, bridging the gap between computer aided design (CAD) and finite element analysis. The computational techniques that I develop have applications across a wide range of problems in engineering, including fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, solid mechanics and heat transfer.

I am also interested in the development of mesh generation techniques for advanced discretisation method, including high-order curvilinear mesh generation and meshing techniques for the NURBS-enhanced finite element method. 

Recently, I have been actively working in the field of reduced order modelling, developing novel methods to reduce the complexity of problems that require a parametric analysis and fast queries. This work includes the development of methods such as the proper generalised decomposition method, the proper orthogonal decomposition method and machiner learning.

I am currently involved in several national and European projects with industrial partners such as Volkswagen AG, ESI Group, ITI Limited, SEAT and Zenotech.

Award Highlights
  • Nominated to the 2020 Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards.
  • Nominated to the 2016 Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards.
  • Judge Panel Member, Swansea University Impact Awards, 2014.
  • Selected participant. 2013 Welsh Crucible.
  • Highly commended award. 2012 St David’s Day Cutting Edge Research Poster Competition.
  • Highly commended award. 2011 Emerald Awards in the Numerical Heat Transfer & CFD category.
  • Prize. Best PhD thesis of 2009 on numerical methods in applied sciences, ECCOMAS.
  • Prize. Best PhD thesis of 2009 on numerical methods in engineering, SEMNI.
  • Award. Borsa Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer awarded by the IEC and Birkhäuser Verlag.


- Volkswagen AG
- ESI Group
- ITI Limited
- Zenotech


- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya: Prof Antonio Huerta, Prof Pedro Diez, Dr Matteo Giacomini, Dr Sergio Zlotnik
- CNRS (Laboratoire de Mecanique et Acoustique): Dr Regis Cottereau
- Universitat Politècnica de Valencia: Prof Juan J Rodenas. Dr Manuel Tur
- Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology: Dr Ettore Barbieri


Professor Rubén Sevilla

Professor Rubén Sevilla

Professor, Engineering
+44 (0) 1792 602040
Available For Postgraduate Supervision