Hugo Casquero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Hugo Casquero
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
1280 Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:

Automotive Engineering, Heat Mass Transfer in Energy Technology, Vibrations and Mechanics

Biography and Education

Dr. Hugo Casquero, former postdoctoral researcher in the mechanical engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, is currently tenure-track faculty in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His research is focused on developing accurate, robust, and efficient computational methods and using them to solve myriad open problems in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, biomechanics, and multiphysics. The overarching theme of the computational methods that Dr. Casquero develops is to solve partial differential equations exploiting the new advantages that splines bring to computational mechanics. Dr. Casquero is particularly interested in developing computational frameworks for real-world applications in which experimental measurement of the quantities of interest is too costly or not currently available.


  • Coupled B.S. and M.S., Civil Engineering, Universidade da Coruna, Spain, 2012
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Universidade da Coruna, Spain, 2016

Teaching and Research


  • Seamless integration between design and analysis of thin-walled structures
  • Structure-preserving discretizations for magnetohydrodynamics
  • Modeling and simulation tools for cell-scale blood flow
  • Computational methods for fluid-structure interaction

Selected Publications

  • H. Casquero, C. Bona-Casas, D. Toshniwal, T.J.R. Hughes, H. Gomez, Y.J. Zhang, The divergence-conforming immersed boundary method: Application to vesicle and capsule dynamics, Journal of Computational Physics, 425, 109872 (2021)
  • H. Casquero, X. Wei, D. Toshniwal, T. J. R. Hughes, J. Kiendl, Y. J. Zhang, Seamless integration of design and Kirchhoff-Love shell analysis using analysis-suitable unstructured T-splines, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 360, 112765 (2020)
  • H. Casquero, Y.J. Zhang, C. Bona-Casas, L. Dalcin, H. Gomez, Non-body-fitted fluid-structure interaction: Divergence-conforming B-splines, fully-implicit dynamics, and variational formulation, Journal of Computational Physics, 374, 625-653 (2018)
  • H. Casquero, C. Bona-Casas, H. Gomez, NURBS-based numerical proxies for red blood cells and circulating tumor cells in microscale blood flow. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 316, 646-667 (2017)
  • H. Casquero, L. Liu, Y. Zhang, A. Reali, J. Kiendl, H. Gomez, Arbitrary-degree T-splines for isogeometric analysis of fully nonlinear Kirchhoff-Love shells. Computer-Aided Design, 82, 140-153 (2017)

Awards and Recognition

  • Runner-up award for the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize in Biomedical Engineering given by the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 2017
  • Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, Civil Engineering Doctoral Program, 2016 (Universidade da Coruna, Spain)