Named Professorships

Nicholas Zabaras

Nicholas Zabaras

Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Nicholas Zabaras joined Notre Dame's College of Engineering after serving as founding director of the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modeling at the University of Warwick and the Hans Fisher Senior Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich. Prior to this, he spent 23 years serving in all academic ranks of the faculty of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University where he was the director of the Materials Process Design and Control Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell, after which he started his academic career at the faculty of the University of Minnesota. 

Professor Zabaras's research focuses on the integration of computational mathematics, statistics, and science in the predictive modeling of complex systems for scientific and engineering applications. He has been honored with the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society, the Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Prize from Cornell University, and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. 

The Hank Professorship was created to honor the mother of three Notre Dame graduates and two Saint Mary’s College graduates. Funding for this chair was spearheaded by Viola’s son, the late Jerry Hank (’51). A longstanding member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees, Jerry is survived by his wife Joyce.