Alexander Zimmerman M.Sc.

Alexander Zimmerman M.Sc.



Advisor / Co. Advisor

Dr. Kowalski/Prof. Dr. Frank

Thesis Title

Predictive modeling and simulation of phase-change processes with applications in cryosphere geophysics


AICES Graduate School
RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstr. 2
D-52062 Aachen

Office: Room 431 a (Rogowski building, 4th floor)


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10/2014 - (9/2019) Fast-Track doctoral student at AICES Graduate School, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
10/2014 - (9/2016) Masters student at German Research School for Simulation Science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Electives: Uncertainty Quantification, High Performance Matrix Computations, Computational Differentiation, Isogeometric Analysis, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Finite Elements in Fluids, Aerothermal Design of Space Transportation Systems, Lab project: Parallel Performance Optimization of a Chromatography Simulation and Design Tool.
6/2011 - 8/2011 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Chair for the Computational Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS), RWTH Aachen, Germany
Computational aeroelasticity (fluid-structure interaction), turbulence modeling, flow separation feature extraction
8/2008 - 5/2012 Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, United States

Professional Career

7/2015 - Present Graduate Research Assistant (Hiwi), Chair for the Computational Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS), RWTH Aachen, Germany Developing a software library for Isogeometric Analysis
9/2012 - 9/2014 Aeronautical Engineer, Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, United States Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, trajectory design optimization, trained engineers in Fortran and Matlab programming
5/2010 - 5/2011 Intern - Systems Engineer, 787-9 Systems Integration, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, United States Systems engineering, project management, software engineering, composite material testing, FAA qualification and certification
8/2009 - 5/2012 Peer Mentor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, United States Aided students, prepared and graded assignments and exams, trained students in Fortran and Matlab programming
Received 2012 Excellent Contribution Award
1/2009 - 12/2009 Academic Tutor, Math Department, Iowa State University, United States
5/2009 - 8/2009 Intern - Structural Engineer, KC Engineering P.C., United States
6/2008 - 8/2008 Intern - Structural Engineer, KC Engineering P.C., United States

Research Interests

Primary Interest: Uncertainty-based Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Aerospace Systems

Supporting interests include...

Robust and High-Fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics, High-Order Numerical Methods, Automatic Mesh Generation
High Performance Computing, Massively Parallel and Heterogeneous Computing
Software Carpentry and Software Sustainability
Nonlinear Programming
Uncertainty Quantification (non-intrusive, e.g. quasi Monte Carlo, or stochastic collocation with sparse grid quadrature)
Multi-Scale and Multi-Fidelity Modeling, Reduced Order and Surrogate Models
Fluid-Structure Interaction (partitioned and monolithic)
Isogeometric Analysis (of parametric geometries)
Algorithmic Differentiation

For a reference which motivated me regarding the future of CFD and it's relationship to multidisciplinary design, see NASA's CFD Vision 2030.

Ideally my research will contribute to open source libraries and tools.

Why is any of this important? Advancements with these technologies will enable humanity to meet some of this half-century's grand challenges, including...

...preserving this planet, e.g. via producing radically new aircraft systems for sustainable aviation.
...transcending this planet, e.g. via asteroid mining for deep space infrastructure.