South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa
Daya Reddy was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He completed a degree in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town, a Ph.D. degree at Cambridge University in the UK, and a post-doctoral year at University College London. He currently holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. He served as executive dean of the faculty of science at UCT between 1999 and 2005.
Professor Reddy’s research lies in the domain of mathematical modelling, analysis and simulation in mechanics. He has made significant contributions to the theory of plasticity and to the development of stable and convergent mixed finite element methods. He maintains an active engagement in biomechanics, including research into aspects of cardiovascular mechanics.
Daya Reddy is a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service from the South African Association for Computational and Applied Mechanics, and the Order of Mapungubwe from the President of South Africa. He is an elected Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics. He has held numerous visiting positions, including those of Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Computational Sciences and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and the Timoshenko Lecturer at Stanford University. In 2012 he received the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.