International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2019

The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE, ) was created as a Consortium between the Catalan Government and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in April 1987. CIMNE headquarters are at UPC in Barcelona. It has premises in Madrid, Terrassa and other cities in Spain and worldwide ( CIMNE employs some 256 persons including 222 researchers and 38 administration staff.

CIMNE is an R&D centre in the broad area of computational engineering. Its mission is the development and dissemination of original research in the field of Numerical Methods in Engineering (NME), the education of researchers and the transfer of the research outputs to industry.

CIMNE is a leading international centre of excellence in the field of NME through four main action vectors:

1. Excellence in research on NME for multidisciplinary engineering applications, in terms of scientific outputs and software-based tools.

2. International dimension and worldwide activities.

3. Active participation and management in scientific societies.

4. Commitment with technology transfer to industry.

Research at CIMNE focuses on the development of NME of interest to the following scientific fields: structural mechanics, geomechanics, fluid dynamics, material sciences, optimisation, biomechanics coupled multi-physics processes and high performance computing. Applications include problems in civil, mechanical, aeronautics, naval/marine, biomedical and environmental engineering, energy efficiency and fusion technology, among others.

The priorities of CIMNE for research excellence target new NM and software to help engineers to better predict, design and optimise systems affecting our lives, including our environment and welfare, our security and safety, and the products we use and export. These goals can only be attempted from a multidisciplinary perspective, which is at the core of CIMNE activities. CIMNE has been selected as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence for the period 2019-2023. This is the highest level of recognition of excellence and leadership that is awarded to a research centre in Spain.

CIMNE is an institution that puts a strong emphasis also in technology transfer and the creation of solutions for society and industry. For that reason, it has created its own spin-off company aimed at helping materialise that vision: CIMNE Tecnología.

Achieving the Severo Ochoa seal is a recognition of the excellence and usefulness of the research activities of CIMNE since its creation in 1987. It also encourages its staff to pursue the path for generating knowledge and solutions beneficial to society.
Eugenio Oñate
Director at CIMNE