IMR Award Winners

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Lifetime Achievement Award

A rare award given for distinguished lifetime contribution to the IMR.

Year Winner Affiliation Note
2018 Ted Blacker Sandia National Laboratories He started the IMR and ran it for the first 30 years

IMR Fellow

The IMR Fellow Award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated significant support for the IMR over many years through activities such as presenting papers, presenting short courses, presenting invited talks, reviewing papers, participating in panel discussions, and serving on the Organizing and/or Steering Committees. The recipient shall have attended the IMR at least five times and must attend the conference in which the award is granted. Anyone can nominate a candidate. The combined IMR Steering and Organizing Committee members vote on the submitted candidates.

Year Winner Affiliation Note
2011 Kenji Shimada Carnegie Mellon University
2012 Mark Shephard Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2013 Steve Owen Sandia National Laboratories
2014 Paul Louis George INRIA
2015 Tim Tautges CD-adapco
2016 Matt Staten Sandia National Laboratories
2017 David Marcum Mississippi State University
2018 Cecil Armstrong Queen's University Belfast
2019 Pat Knupp Sandia National Laboratories
2021 Suzanne Shontz University of Kansas
2022 Scott Mitchell Sandia National Laboratories

Best Technical Paper

Best technical paper as voted on by the Organizing Committee. The Papers Chair leads the discussion and vote, starting from review ratings of the papers.

Year Winner Affiliation Title Note
2010 unknown - - -
2011 Jonathan Makem, Cecil Armstrong and Trevor Robinson Automatic Decomposition and Efficient Semi-Structured Meshing of Complex Solids
2012 unknown - - -
2013 F. Alauzet and D. Marcum A Closed Advancing-layer Method With Changing Topology Mesh Movement for Viscous Mesh Generation
2014 Daniel Sieger, Stefan Menzel and Mario Botsch Constrained Space Deformation for Design Optimization
2015 A. Loseille, F. Alauzet and V. Menier Parallel Generation of Large-size Adapted Meshes
2016 unknown - - -
2017 unknown - - -
2018 Kilian Verhetsel, Jeanne Pellerin and Jean-François Remacle A 66-Element Mesh of Schneiders' Pyramid: Bounding the Difficulty of Hex-Meshing Problems
2019 Trevor Robinson Application of Tensor Factorisation to Analyse Similarities in CAD Assembly Models
2021 unknown - - -
2022 Paul Zhang, Judy Chiang, Xinyi Fan and Klara Mundilova Local Decomposition of Hexahedral Singular Nodes into Singular Curves

Best Student Paper

Best technical paper whose primary author is a student, as voted on by the Organizing Committee. The Papers Chair leads the discussion and vote, starting from review ratings of the papers.

Year Winner Affiliation Title Note
2010 unknown - - -
2011 unknown - - -
2012 Nicolas Kowalski, Franck Ledoux and Pascal Frey CEA & UPMC Univ Paris PDE Based Approach to Multi-Domain Partition and Quadrilateral Meshing
2013 unknown - - -
2014 unknown - - -
2015 On Indecomposable Polyhedra and The Number of Steiner Points
2016 Liang Sun, Christopher Tierney, Cecil Armstrong and Trevor Robinson Automatic decomposition of complex thin walled CAD models for hexahedral dominant meshing
2017 unknown - - -
2018 unknown - - -
2019 Rémi Feuillet, Olivier Coulaud and Adrien Loseille Anisotropic error estimate for high-order parametric surface mesh generation

Best Presentation of Research Note/Abstract

New award given to the best presenter of a research note/abstract, i.e. a short paper describing new ideas, exploratory research, preliminary results, corrections or updates to previously published research in the field of meshing.

Year Winner Affiliation Title Note
2022 Steven Owen, Armida Carbajal, Corey Ernst, Matthew Peterson and Timothy Shead Machine Learning Classification for Rapid CAD-to-Simulation

Best Technical Poster

Best technical poster presented in the Poster Session, covering a new development in the area of mesh generation. All IMR attendees vote for the winner. Winners should be chosen based on contribution to the field of mesh generation, as well as on the presentation of that technology.

Year Winner Affiliation Title Note
2000 Michael Hancock, Ashish Das, Debashis Basu, Jean Cabello and Nilanjan Mukherjee EDS Unigraphics Full Cycle Geometry-MESH Synthesis/Abstraction Received by Ashish Das
2001 unknown - - -
2002 unknown - - -
2003 Ashish Das EDS Unigraphics
2004 unknown - - -
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2008 unknown - - -
2009 unknown - - -
2010 unknown - - -
2011 unknown - - -
2012 Jean Hsiang-Chun Lu Geometric Reasoning in Sketch-Based Volumetric Decomposition Framework for Hex Meshing
2013 P.L. George, F. Alauzet, H. Borouchaki, P. Laug, A. Loseille, L. Maréchal, N. Barral, E. Mbinky and V. Menier Gamma 3 Meshing Technologies
2014 unknown - - -
2015 unknown - - -
2016 unknown - - -
2017 unknown - - -
2018 A. Kolasinski About MMPDE on a surface
2019 A. Kolasinski About MMPDE on a surface
2021 Scott Mitchell Not so HOT Triangulations
2022 Tatyana Zaitseva and V. Yu. Protasov Bear-Subdivision Algorithms for Generating Smooth Surfaces

Meshing Contest (a.k.a. Meshing Maestro)

The Meshing Maestro Award is given to the winner of the Meshing Contest. It is given to the poster of a mesh that the IMR attendees would like to see on their T-shirt the next year (for when/if there are T-shirts). Otherwise, it ends up on proceedings covers, etc. As such, this award is more aesthetic than technical. The Organizing Committee is responsible each year to find and share a model for the contest and to post it on the IMR website. A good deal of freedom is given on how to mesh the given model with respect to the meshing algorithm(s) used. The Meshing Contest Posters are displayed in the Poster Session, covering a new development in the area of mesh generation. All IMR attendees vote for the winner.

Year Winner Affiliation Topic Note
2003 unknown - - -
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2006 unknown - - -
2007 Rafael Montenegro Armas University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Map of globe showing Africa and Europe
2008 Yasushi Ito University of Alabama, Birmingham
2009 unknown - - -
2010 Mohamed Ebeida Sandia National Laboratories
2011 unknown - - -
2012 Abel Gargallo-Peiro, Xevi Roca, Jaime Peraire and Josep Serrate Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) Picture of plane with equations
2013 Pointwise (now Cadence) Viscous mesh entry Was this the Poster Contest?
2014 Scott Canann, Tim Tautges and James Clement CD-adapco (now Siemens PLM Star-ccm+) Tower Bridge
2015 unknown - - -
2016 Shaunak Pai, Scott Canann, David McLaurin, James Clement and Michael Hancock CD-adapco (now Siemens PLM Star-ccm+) White House Technically called “Best Industry Mesh”; trophy was given in DC and says 2017, but was 2016
2017 Vivek Ahuja, Shaunak Pai, Scott Canann, James Clement, Ken Blake, Sumit Paranjape and Stefano Paoletti Siemens PLM Star-ccm+ Sagrada Familia Also won Best Technical Mesh, i.e. from a technical point of view
2018 Vivek Ahuja, Shaunak Pai, Scott Canann, David McLaurin, Jason Kraftcheck, Ian Young, James Clement and Ankush Singhi Siemens PLM Star-ccm+ Hot air balloon
2019 Abinesh Thota, Gargi Patil, Debashis Basu, Harry Fogg and Jonathan Makem Siemens PLM Simcenter-3D Niagara Falls and boat
2021 Scott Canann, Jeremy Dahan, David McLaurin, Stefano Pippa, Alexander Rand and Ian Young Siemens PLM Star-ccm+ T-Rex
2022 Mike Park, Ray Gomez and Bil Kleb NASA Space Needle Returns (Seattle Space Needle)

Additional Awards

Occasionally, the IMR has awarded one-off prizes that do not fit into the categories above, which we list in this section.

Year Winner Affiliation Title Award
2011 Shankar Prasad Sastry The Pennsylvania State University Best Student Poster
2013 Victorien Menier and Adrien Loseille Parallel Mesh Adaption Best Student Poster