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YIC GACM Conference 2015


The YIC GACM conference focuses on bringing together young researchers and students working in the broad areas of computational science and engineering by offering a platform for discussions and collaborations.

The event will be held in direct sequence with the AC.CES conference, organized by the graduate school AICES. While the YIC and the GACM colloquium primarily approaches young researchers and students, the concept of AC.CES is based on invited speakers with high international recognition in their particular fields.

The YIC GACM 2015 will take place from July 20th through 23rd, 2015 at RWTH Aachen University.
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September 2014


First AICES Fast Track Student Nima Hamidi Siboni Has Passed His Doctoral Exam


Nima Hamidi Siboni received his Doctoral degree in computational physics from AICES Graduate School, where he graduated with Summa cum Laude. He started his studies in AICES as the first fast track student. This program aims to provide an integrated and highly interdisciplinary fast-track research-oriented training program from the B.S. level to the doctoral level by overlapping the start of doctoral research with M.S. thesis work.

On November 19, 2014 Nima defended his doctoral thesis titled "Molecular Dynamics Studies of Thermodynamical Consistency and Non-locality of Effective Temperature", advised by Professor Dierk Raabe.
He now works at the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research.

December 2014


CAMMP participated in "5 to 12" RWTH Science Night


On November 14, 2014 RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen showed science in an unusual way and at an unusual time – this is the idea behind the “5 to 12” Science Night. The Science Night has been taking place every year now since 2003 and always welcomes numerous guests. It dynamically engages in special events comprising interesting lectures, film screenings and musical performances which are suitable for young and old alike.

Also the CAMMP - team participated in the RWTH Science night by offering insight into the studies of the Computational Engineering Science. Through advertising material and the use of a power wall CAMMP showed all interested visitors basics of computational modeling through lively hands-on experience.

December 2014


Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series: AICES Welcomes Prof. Gilbert Strang


As the 9th speaker of the Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series, the AICES fellows invited the American mathematician Gilbert Strang, who is Professor for Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has contributed to the finite element theory, the calculus of variations, wavelet analysis as well as linear algebra.

Professor Strang gave a talk on "Banded Matrices and Fast Inverses" on November 10, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the Ford Hall of Super C (6th floor).

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November 2014


Newsletter EXZELLENZINITIATIVE News 3/2014


The newsletter of the Excellence Initiative at RWTH Aachen published an article issued by Dr. Nicole Faber about the CAMMP week 2014.

The Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program (CAMMP) brings together high school students and faculty to introduce the basics of computational modeling through hands-on exploration. It is organized by Professor Martin Frank (MathCCES), Professor Ahmed Ismail (Molecular Simulations and Transformations), as well as Dr. Nicole Faber (Graduate School AICES).

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October 2014


MINT-CAMMP Goes International


The MINT-EC Academy "Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program" (CAMMP), which had been co-organized by the association MINT- EC, was a full success; even two high school students from a MINT-school in Istanbul participated in the program.

For the second time high school students solved real-world problems drawn from industry, business or government, such as a calculation of the evolution of the gas spot price, by using mathematical as well as computational models. The AICES Graduate School, MathCCES and the Molecular Simulations Group supported the students with subject-specific know-how.

Beside some recreational activities, such as a city rally or a hiking tour, the high school students had also the opportunity to visit the AICES power wall.

CAMMP´s main objective is to make school students aware of their talents and potential as well as to develop sustainable interest in the different STEM fields.

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MINT-EC
October 2014


RWTH Inside Profiles AICES' New Junior Professor Benjamin Berkels


The monthly university journal “RWTH inside” introduced Benjamin Berkels as a new AICES Junior Professor.

In 2010 Professor Berkels received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Bonn. He started in AICES in October 2013. Berkels is a specialist for mathematical image and signal processing. In this research area he is especially interested in variational methods, joint methods, registration, segmentation, as well as medical image processing. Consequently, Benjamin Berkels belongs to the RWTH Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences.

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October 2014


W2 Professorship for AICES Junior Research Group Leader Paolo Bientinesi


On September 12, Paolo Bientinesi was appointed as Associate Professor (W2) in the Computer Science Department.

Paolo received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2006, from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. After spending two years as a research associate at Duke University, he joined the AICES Graduate School in 2008 where he was appointed as Young Research Leader and Junior Professor.

Paolo's research interests cover Numerical Linear Algebra, Automation, and High-Performance Computing with application in science and engineering.

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October 2014


Flood of Medals for AICES Fellows


Every year RWTH Aachen University honors successful students for outstanding academic work. In recent years also some AICES fellows have been awarded:

In 2014 the former associated fellows Ralf Hannemann-Tamás and Henning Sauerland received the Borchers Medal, which is awarded to graduate students who have completed their PhD exam "with distinction".

The Springorum Commemorative Medal on the other hand honors master or diploma students who have passed examination with distinction. One of the this year´s award winners is AICES fellow Niklas Mevenkamp. Moreover Elmar Peise had been awarded with this prize in 2013. In 2012 the fellows Callum Corbett, Nima Hamidi Siboni and Rolf Isele-Holder were the lucky ones.

Congratulations to all of you!

Borchers Medal
Springorum Commemorative Medal
October 2014


AIRBUS Dissertation Award for Former AICES Fellow Georg Wellmer


Former associated AICES Fellow Georg Wellmer received the Airbus Dissertation Award 2014 for his PhD thesis "A Modular Method for the Direct Coupled Aeroplastic Simulation of Free-Flying Aircraft" supervised by Professor Behr and Professor Ballmann.

The Airbus Operations GmbH awards this prize to support and promote young scientists.

Congratulations Georg!

September, 2014


AICES Welcomes Fulbright Scholarship Student


AICES is pleased to welcome Fulbright exchange student Elizabeth Qian, who will conduct a ten-month research study on reduced order modelling. She will be working with Professor Karen Veroy-Grepl and Professor Marin Grepl.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in June 2014 from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After her research stay in Germany she will return to MIT to begin her graduate studies.

The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive scholarship program providing grants for international educational exchange to students, scholars and professionals. It was founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

Welcome in AICES, Elizabeth!

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Karen Veroy-Grepl
Martin Grepl
September, 2014


Marek Behr Receives the IACM Fellow Award 2014


The AICES Scientific Director, Professor Marek Behr, has been awarded the Fellow Award of the the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).

The IACM Fellow Award recognizes individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishment and publication in areas of computational mechanics.

IACM has been founded by an international group of scholars and practitioners to promote advances in computational mechanics.

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September 2014


AICES Junior Research Group Leader is Appointed Associate Professor


Another AICES Junior Research Group Leader has been appointed University Professor; namely Ms. Karen Veroy-Grepl.

In 2003 Karen Veroy-Grepl graduated with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where she subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research associate for two years. In 2005 she entered industry and became a research and development trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. She joined the AICES Graduate School in 2009 as a junior research group leader, and was appointed Junior Professor in 2010.

Professor Veroy-Grepl´s research interest focuses on reduced order modeling, particularly reduced basis methods for optimization, control, and inverse problems involving partial differential equations.

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August 2014


AICES Fellows Launched SIAM Student Chapter


In May 2014 six AICES fellows launched a SIAM Student Chapter at RWTH Aachen University.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) wants to ensure strong interaction between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publications, as well as conferences.

Thus, the purpose of a chapter is to generate interest in applied mathematics and computational science by providing a platform for activities, such as discussions about career opportunities in applied mathematics and computational science, lectures given by guest speakers or field trips to industrial laboratories as well as SIAM section meetings. Ideally it involves students and faculty members from different departments, such as engineering, economics or physics.

After distributing posts and responsibilities, a second meeting should define goals, expectations and an annual program. The meeting will take place on August 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm in room 115 of the Rogowski building.

Interested people are cordially invited.

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July 2014


CAMMP 2014: Building a Bridge Between School Education and Scientific Research


For the fourth time, the RWTH´s education lab “Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program” (CAMMP) brought together high school students and faculty to introduce the basics of computational modeling. Working intensively over the course of a week, students constructed solutions to challenging mathematical problems provided by the department of process and textile engineering, as well as medicine. Moreover, the companies INFORM GmbH and RWP GmbH challenged the students by defining tasks in the field of transport logistics and metalworking industry.

CAMMP´s main objective is to develop sustainable interest in the different STEM fields. However, CAMMP was not only about intellectual work: team sports such as a soccer and basketball match boosted the team spirit and created a balance between physical and mental activities. Intensive group work gave students the opportunity to expand their team-building skills and to develop their presentation techniques. In addition, the conclusion that success and patience are very close together was a positive side effect of the student´s hard work.

CAMMP took place from June 15 – 20, 2014 in a youth hostel in Voeren, Belgium, and was organized by Professor Martin Frank (MathCCES), Professor Ahmed Ismail (Molecular Simulations and Transformations), as well as Dr. Nicole Faber (Graduate School AICES). The presentation of the final results took place in the SUPER C Building of RWTH Aachen University.

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July 2014


Computational Biomedicine for Translational Research-Symposium Organized by Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine


One year after the Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine (JRC) was founded a symposium about Computational Biomedicine for Translational Research (CBTR) will be held on October 6-7, 2014 at the University Clinic Aachen.

This symposium will provide a forum where industrial researchers and clinicians can meet and discuss with academic researchers from medicine, biology and computational sciences. The symposium aims at presenting the technological state of the art for successful translational applications. Lectures and discussions sessions will address unmet scientific needs and challenges working towards a roadmap for realizing the promising prospects of data science and modeling for the benefit of medicine.

The JRC for Computational Biomedicine has been established in October 2013 as a partnership between RWTH Aachen University and Bayer Technology Services GmbH. The Graduate School AICES supports the JRC not only through Andreas Schuppert as an Adjunct Professor of AICES, but also through doctoral candidates.

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July 2014


AICES Welcomes Fulbright Scholarship Student


AICES is pleased to welcome Fulbright exchange student Elizabeth Qian, who will conduct a ten-month research study on reduced order modelling starting in September 2014. She will be working with Professor Karen Veroy-Grepl and Professor Marin Grepl.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in June 2014 from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After her research stay in Germany she will return to MIT to begin her graduate studies.

The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive scholarship program providing grants for international educational exchange to students, scholars and professionals. It was founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

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Karen Veroy-Grepl
Martin Grepl
July, 2014


W2 Professorship for Dr. Roger A. Sauer


On July 1, 2014 AICES Research Group Leader Roger A. Sauer has been appointed Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2006 Roger Sauer graduated with a Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He was a postdoc and Young Research Group Leader at the Leibniz University Hannover before joining AICES in early 2010. Before his appointment as professor he was part of the ‘Junges Kolleg’ of the Northrhine-Westphalian Academy of the Sciences and Arts. He is currently serving as 
Deputy Scientific Director of the AICES Graduate School.

Professor Sauer´s research interest focuses on computational contact and adhesion mechanics using nonlinear finite element methods. His current research projects investigate contact of liquids, atomistic-continuum contact modeling, contact optimization and advanced surface discretization techniques. Currently, he advises a group of six doctoral candidates, three master students and one postdoc. His research group is partly funded by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG.

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July, 2014


New AICES Junior Professor


AICES announces with great pleasure the start of a new young research group leader: Dr. David Bommes

David Bommes studied Computer Science with applications in Physics at RWTH Aachen University. During his Ph.D. at Aachen’s Computer Graphics Group, where he was supervised by Prof. Dr. Leif Kobbelt, he investigated various geometry processing tasks with a focus on quadrilateral mesh generation. Due to its strong theoretical contribution and its practical impact, David Bommes’s thesis about “Quadrilateral Surface Mesh Generation for Animation and Simulation” was selected for a Best Ph.D. thesis award by the European Association for Computer Graphics in 2013. Subsequently he joined the TITANE team of the French Inria research center located in Sophia Antipolis, initially as a postdoctoral fellow in the ERC IRON project and later on as a permanent Inria researcher. In July 2014 David Bommes has been appointed to a Junior Professorship at the AICES Graduate School.

His research interests are located in the steadily growing area of 3D geometry processing with a focus on mesh generation, e.g. for simulation based on the finite element method, and its foundations including differential geometry and numerical optimization.

Welcome in AICES, David!

David Bommes
June 2014


AICES Principal Investigator Ali Jannesari Received Research Project Funding from Klaus Tschira Foundation


The complexity of parallel applications and systems, together with the high cost of testing and debugging of parallel programs, will make effective debugging more important than ever. Tools that pinpoint incorrect behavior are an important prerequisite for debugging. However, the tools currently available are not yet prepared to meet the challenges posed by multicore applications with respect to correctness, accuracy and scalability. For this reason we are pleased to announce that the project "CAMSOD - Correctness Analysis for Multicore Software Development", which addresses these challenges in a systematic manner, is granted by Klaus Tschira Foundation.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation promotes projects in science, mathematics and computer science as well as the appreciation for these subjects. The Foundation is committed to new forms of research contribution and supports both the development and the presentation of research results.

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Ali Jannesari
June 2014


Niklas Mevenkamp Awarded with the Springorum Commemorative Medal 2014


Niklas Mevenkamp is the second AICES fellow who has been awarded with the Springorum commemorative medal. The medal has been created by Professor Bagdon of Dortmund and honors students, who have passed their diploma or Master´s examination with distinction.

In 2013 the AICES fellow Elmar Peise received the commemorative coin.

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June 2014


Prof. Berkels Publishes Paper in Nature Communications Journal


Together with a team of nine researchers Prof. Benjamin Berkels developed a method to measure positions of atomic sites with new precision. Their success is published in the renown Nature
 Communications Journal in May 2014. With their method it is possible to locate atoms in high-resolution images of materials to better than one picometer. It therefore provides new insights into the structure of surfaces, defects and interfaces that influence a broad variety of material´s behaviour.

The Nature Communications Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group. It is designed to publish cross-desciplinary research of the natural sciences.

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June 2014


New AICES Junior Professor


It is a great pleasure that AICES announces the start of a new young research group leader Florian Wellmann

Florian Wellmann studied Geology at the University of Tübingen with a focus on Applied Geosciences and Geophysics, and studied for his thesis (Diplomarbeit) at the ETH Zürich. After graduating, he worked for the German Polar Institute (AWI) as overwintering geophysicist on the German antarctic station Neumayer II. Having spent more than one year in cold temperatures, he decided to focus his research on heat in the subsurface - in particular geothermal energy - which brought him to the University of Western Australia in Perth where he graduated with a Ph.D. in 2012. After post doc positions in Australia (with CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering and the UWA Centre for Exploration Targeting) he has been appointed to a Junior Professorship at the AICES Graduate School in June 2014.

Florian Wellmann’s research interests focus on numerical reservoir engineering as the link between geosciences and engineering, combining geological knowledge, statistical concepts and numerical simulations to understand uncertainties in the subsurface - and the best ways to reduce them.

Welcome in AICES, Florian!

June 2014



Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series: AICES Welcomes MATLAB Founder


Twice a year, the AICES fellows organize the prestigious Charlemagne Lecture, whose objective is to invite persons, who have achieved impressive accomplishments throughout their career and to get inspired by their scientific achievements as well as experience. 


This semester Cleve Moler, who is currently chairman and chief scientist of MathWorks and the original author of MATLAB, was the 8th speaker of the Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cleve Moler gave a talk on “The Evolution of MATLAB”, in which he elaborated on how MATLAB has evolved over more than 30 years, from a simple matrix calculator to a powerful technical computing environment. It was a considerable success and gave scientists as well as students the opportunity to discuss specific questions about MATLAB and to gain an insight into the past and the future of MathWorks.

The Charlemagne Lecture took place on June 16, 2014 from 5:00 – 5:50 pm in the Aachen/Münchener Halle (Aula 1), Main Building.

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AICES Researchers Participating in New Collaborative Research Center at RWTH Aachen


The Collaborative Research Center SFB 1120 "Precision Melt Engineering" has been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will start in October 2014.

Two Young Researchers - Stefanie Elgeti and Roger Sauer - as well as one Senior PI - Marek Behr - lead projects in the SFB. AICES is taking on the role of the integrated research training group in this SFB.

Collaborative research areas are long-term arranged university institutions in which researchers work interdisciplinary in a thematically coherent research program. The goal of the collaboration is to advance and deeply strengthen an innovative research focus at the university through the concentration and coordination of university resources. Universities submitting a proposal are expected to provide adequate basic equipment.

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May 2014



ECCOMAS PhD Award 2013 for Former Associated Fellow Henning Sauerland


As a scientific organization ECCOMAS connects European associations with interests in the development and applications of computational methods in science and technology. Every year they honour two outstanding PhD theses in the field of Computational Methods combining excellent knowledge of both theory and practice with the ECCOMAS PhD Award.

Former associated AICES Fellow Henning Sauerland received the ECCOMAS PhD Award 2013 for one of the two best PhD theses in the field of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering.

Congratulations Henning!

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May 2014



W2 Professorship for AICES Junior Research Group Leader Georg May


On Monday, May 19, 2014 the AICES Junior Professor Georg May has been appointed Associate Professor.

In 2006 Georg May graduated with a Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University, USA. In the following year, he joined the AICES Graduate School and has been appointed to a Junior Professorship in 2009.

Professor May´s research interest focuses especially on high-order numerical methods for conservation laws

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May 2014



Dr. Nicole Faber Presented the Concept of the Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series at the DFG Workshop on International Research Marketing


Within the framework of the initiative “Research in Germany”, that has been developed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation organized a workshop on international research marketing in January 2014.

Dr. Nicole Faber, managing director of AICES, presented the concept and aims of the Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series at this event. The best-practice workshop aimed to improve the international visibility of top-class research in Germany by different marketing concepts, such as social media, career fairs or university networking.

However, the focus of this year’s workshop was especially on the exchange of experiences between the actors of international research marketing of higher education institutions as well as non-university research institutes. Around 80 participants from 40 research institutions attended the workshop, coming from all over Germany. During two days they discussed together the growing activities, opportunities and challenges in this particular field.

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February 2014



Prof. Manuel Torrilhon Named Associated Editor to the SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis


In January 2014, AICES Professor Manuel Torrilhon has been named associated editor to the SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis .

The Journal contains topics such as the rigorous study of convergence of algorithms, their accuracy, their stability, and their computational complexity. Also included are results in mathematical analysis that contribute to algorithm analysis, and computational results that demonstrate algorithm behavior and applicability.

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Manuel Torrilhon
February 2014



AICES Participated in RWTH Consulting Days for Students


On January 28, 29 and 30, 2014, the RWTH´s student counseling center invited school students to visit RWTH Aachen University, providing all the important information about university life and career prospects at RWTH Aachen University.

Also the Graduate School AICES participated in the consulting days by offering an insight into the studies of the Computational Engineering Science (CES) Master´s program. The study of CES is an interdisciplinary program refering to the fields of engineering, natural sciences as well as mathematics. CES is designed to educate engineers who have the capability of carrying out simulations and evaluating them. CES-students are trained to analyze results and to critically question the simulation algorithm or the mathematical model. It is a complex task finding a mathematical model for the solution and evaluation of technical problems. It should enable the computer to calculate and solve a complex problem under almost realistic conditions. These capabilities and also employing high-performance computers in the process are needed to meet the scientific and technological challenges of the future.

During three days, three former CES-students answered all kind of questions regarding CES and discussed the growing activities, opportunities and challenges in this particular field. In total more than 6000 prospective high school students, seized the opportunity to inquire about possible degree courses at RWTH Aachen University.

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February 2014



AICES Professor Manuel Torrilhon Receives Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin


The Institute for Computational Engineering Science (ICES) has decided to award the J.T. Oden Faculty Fellowship to Professor Manuel Torrilhon.

From February 22 until March 23, 2014, Torrilhon will carry out research at ICES, pursuing the objective to present cutting-edge research and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations between AICES and ICES.

ICES is a research unit, dedicated to both research and graduate study in computational engineering science. It has also become a global base for international collaboration in computational science and engineering through the institute´s visiting scholars program, which hosts researchers from around the world.

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January 2014



AICES Principal Investigator to Become New Chairman of the Board of Forschungszentrum Jülich


The Supervisory Board of Forschungszentrum Jülich resolved to appoint Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Wolfgang Marquardt, born in Böblingen, Germany, in 1956, has been Professor of Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen since 1993. In 2006, Marquardt has become Principal Investigator at the AICES Graduate School.

Currently, Marquardt is also the Chairman of the Council of Science and Humanities (WR).

In 2001, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation, which is considered to be the most important research prize in Germany.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt
January 2014



AICES Fellow Malak Baydoun Has Passed Her Doctoral Exam


Malak Baydoun studied Mechatronic Engineering at the Hariri Canadian University Mechref in Lebanon and received her Bachelor degree in 2007.

In 2009, she obtained her Master´s of Science degree in Computational Mechanics for Materials and Structures from University of Stuttgart.

After that, she became an AICES scholarship holder and received her Ph.D. degree in January 2014. Her thesis on "Multiscale Material Modelling: Theory, Challenges and Trends" had been advised by Professor Fries, Professor Behr and Professor Itskov.

Congratulations, Malak!

Location: AICES Graduate School
RWTH Aachen University
Date: January 16, 2014

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Elmar Peise Awarded a Fellowship from the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung


In 2014, AICES fellow Elmar Peise will receive a two-year scholarship from the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung. The award is for his research project “Performance Modeling for Linear Algebra”, supervised by Professor Paolo Bientinesi.

The Deutsche Telekom Stiftung is a non-profit foundation established in 2003 by Deutsche Telekom. Its objective is to permanently strengthen Germany´s claim to being an educational, research and scientific powerhouse by raising the standard of German education in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The program seeks out bright young doctoral candidates in mathematics, physics, chemistry or computer science and helps them realize their potential by granting financial and travel support as well as personal career supervision.

In 2013, the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung awarded only 12 fellowships across Germany.

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January 2014