AICES Welcomes New Junior Research Group Leader and Freigeist-Fellow Dr. Malte Göttsche

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Malte Göttsche, until recently a Princeton University postdoctoral research associate, was awarded a five-year fellowship to support the creation of a nuclear archaeology research group. He is one of the AICES junior research group leaders at AICES Graduate School from December 2017.

Dr. Malte Göttsche is one of the successful candidates of the Freigest-Fellowship. His project proposal "„A German Nuclear Archaeology Laboratory: Reconstructing the Nuclear Past to Enable a Nuclear-weapon-free Future” convinced an international panel of experts. The Freigeist Fellowship, also known as the Free Spirit Fellowship, is awarded by Germany’s Volkswagen Foundation and recognizes outstanding, creative and independent early-career researchers to promote visionary research projects. Ten to fifteen fellowships are awarded annually.

Assessments estimate world-wide stocks of about 500 tons of plutonium and 1,400 tons of highly-enriched uranium, much of which remains available for building nuclear weapons. These estimates carry, however, large uncertainties. Göttsche’s work will seek to develop the tools to independently assess and account for how much nuclear weapons-usable material was made by nuclear weapon states. This information will play an important role in enabling the world to verify the complete and irreversible elimination of a country’s nuclear weapons program, whether it be North Korea or the United States. Specifically, it shall be researched, how indicators available today – for example shut-down nuclear facilities or radioactive wastes – could be used for nuclear archaeology. Computer simulations, for instance to reconstruct nuclear fuel cycle operations, will play a crucial role.

Building a nuclear archaeology research group at RWTH University will help in strengthening the international network of experts working on nuclear security issues. During his time at Graduate School AICES, he will be working in good cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the resident Professor Martin Frank, the III. Physical Institute B, headed by Prof. Achim Stahl, as well as Prof. Ralph Rotte of the Institute for Political Science. A close collaboration with Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEK-6 (Dr. Irmgard Niemeyer) is also planned.

Welcome to AICES, Malte!

AICES Fellow Elmar Peise Has Passed His Doctoral Exam

Elmar started as an AICES Fellow in 2012 and received his doctoral degree in November 2017. His research on “Performance Modeling and Prediction for Dense Linear Algebra”, has been advised by Prof. Paolo Bientinesi, Ph.D.

Elmar now works as a Trust and Safety Engineer at Google Dublin.

Congratulations Elmar!

AICES Fellow Farshad Roohbakhshan Passed His Doctoral Exam

Farshad started as an AICES Fellow in 2012 and received his doctoral degree in November 2017. His research on “Membrane and Shell Formulations for Biological Materials such as Arteries and Lung Tissue”, has been advised by Prof. Sauer, Ph.D.

Farshad will start as Postdoctoral Researcher at Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung Berlin.

Congratulations Farshad!

Adjunct Professorship has been awarded to AICES Associated Junior Research Group Leader Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Elgeti

On October 17th 2017, the faculty of mechanical engineering awarded the adjunct professorship to AICES Associated Junior Research Group Leader Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Elgeti.

Congratulations Stefanie!

AICES Fellow Yanguang Zhou Has Passed His Doctoral Exam

Yanguang started as an AICES Fellow in 2014 and received his doctoral degree in October 2017. His research on Atomistic Modelling of Heat and Charge Transport Properties in Nanostructures, has been advised by Prof.Dr. Hu and Prof. Dr. Bob Svendsen, Ph.D. 

Yanguang will start as postdoctoral assistant at the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations Yanguang!