Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

In Memoriam Andro Mikelic (1956-2020)

It is with deep sadness that we learnt about the death of our friend and collaborator Professor Andro Mikelic. He was an outstanding and prolific mathematician. He was a world-renowned specialist in multiscale analysis, homogenization and porous media flow. Andro was our dear friend, mentor, and bright example of scientific curiosity and passion for knowledge.

Andro was born in Split, and studied mathematics at the University of Zagreb where he completed his PhD in 1983. After nearly 10 years of work at the Ruder Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Andro moved to Claude Bernard University (Lyon 1), where he became a professor in 2000 and a distinguished professor in 2011.

Being a devoted research collaborator, Andro built a very strong network of international collaborations, in France, Croatia and almost anywhere in the world. Research visits to the Darcy Center which is part of the Eindhoven-Utrecht University Alliance, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of Firenze, Mathematical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg University, resulted in a long series of innovative research papers and international and national projects. Examples include the recent IDEX Breakthrough project at Université de Lyon on ''Particles drifting in turbulent flows'' and the French-German Carnot-Fraunhofer project FPSI-Filt on “Modeling of fluid interaction with deformable porous media with application to simulation of processes in industrial filters”. In 2014 he became a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and in 2012 he was awarded the Interpore Procter and Gamble Award for Porous Media Research.

In 2011 he was awarded the Romberg Guest Professorship at the Interdisciplinary Center of Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg University. His research visits in Heidelberg resulted in multiple collaborations in modeling, analysis and simulation of multiscale models of physical and biological processes. Andro was especially passionate about rigorous mathematical derivation of fundamental macroscopic models such as BIOT equations for poro-elastic materials and its reductions to describe thin poro-elastic plates and shells and effective boundary conditions for incompressible viscous flow, and development of mathematical methods for model upscaling and reduction. He deemed it important to develop models that may be useful for applications. He was as enthusiastic of involved technical computations equally as of rigorous analytical proofs.

Andro was a joyful and erudite companion and a generous human. He was a connoisseur of gourmet food and classy wines, and expert in choosing the best eating dens in Lyon. He will be deeply and bitterly missed. We express our deepest condolences to the family of Andro and wish them strength and consolation at this difficult time of loss.

For the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR): Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Guido Kanschat, Michael J. Winckler, Peter Bastian, Willi Jäger
Last Update: 15.12.2020 - 15:24

Prof. Andro Mikelic
Claude Bernard University, Lyon 1
Department of Mathematics