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Prof. L. Vu-Quoc received the Diplome d'Ingénieur in
Structural Engineering with Highest Honors from the
Institut National des Science Appliquées, Lyon, France,
in 1979. He worked for two years (1979-81) developing finite-element
codes for use in the French nuclear engineering program at the
Technical Center for Mechanical
Industries at Senlis, France. In 1981, he received an M.S.
degree in Structural Mechanics from the
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Later, at the University
of California at Berkeley, he was conferred in 1985 an M.S.
degree in Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science, and in 1986 a Ph.D. degree in Structural
Engineering and Structural Mechanics. After two years of postdoctoral
work at Stanford and Berkeley, he joined the University
of Florida in 1988. With the funding from an NSF Research
Initiation Award and an NSF Presidential Young Investigation Award,
together with funding from other agencies (state and industry),
Dr. Vu-Quoc has established and directed the Computational
Laboratory for Electromagnetics and Solid Mechanics (CLESM)
since 1990. Some of the research projects within CLESM are described
Vu-Quoc is also working with EE Profs. M. Uman, V. Rakov, and
graduate student C. Mata to apply some of the ideas developed
in the above research to formulate a model for studying lightning
protection (Figure 4.3.10).
Other than the above topics, Dr. Vu-Quoc has also published on
the dynamics of high-speed magnetically levitated trains (maglev).
The funding for his research came from NSF, DARPA / CFD Research
Corp., Digital Equipment Corporation, Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center, Florida Space Grant Consortium, Florida Technological
and Research Development Authority.