Interview with Prof. Ahmed E. Ismail in the Chronicle of Higher Education

In recent years, Germany has attracted increasingly large numbers of international researchers and scholars. Those who have made the move say they were attracted by the unique career opportunities, the good working conditions and the high living standards in Germany. Also Prof. Ahmed E. Ismail, an associated young researcher at AICES, emphasizes during an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education that the structures for academic work are very attractive in Germany.

April 4, 2012

Manuel Torrilhon Elected Editorial Board Member of the Journal Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Prof. Dr. Manuel Torrilhon, head of the Mathematics Division in the Center for Computational Engineering Science (CCES) at RWTH-Aachen, has been elected to serve on the editorial board of the Springer journal Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics.

April 4, 2012
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David Böhme Displays AICES Dissertation Work at the IPDPS Conference 2012 in Shanghai

David Böhme will display a poster with an overview of his entire AICES dissertation work at the PhD Forum of the IPDPS Conference 2012 in Shanghai, May 21-25. An article on his project will appear in the proceedings along with a technical paper on a new method he developed to better characterize load imbalance.

April 3, 2012
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Dr. Roger A. Sauer officially inducted into the Junges Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste

Dr. Roger A. Sauer has been officially inducted into the Junges Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste. The ceremony took place on January 17, 2012 in the presence of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Secretary of Innovation, Science and Research, Helmut Dockter. The Junges Kolleg was founded in 2006 through financial support from the Stiftung Mercator to promote young researchers in NRW. In addition to the opportunity to discuss their research in an interdisciplinary forum, members of the Junges Kolleg receive an annual stipend and additional research funding.

RWTH Aachen University
January 17, 2012
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Here Comes the Sun: Heliostat Optimization

Heliostats are solar power plants that collect sun light by mirrors - sometimes hundreds of them - sending it to a receiver where the energy is converted. The main challenge is how to distribute the mirrors such that a maximum of light is collected. Prof. Manuel Torrilhon from MathCCES collaborated with Prof. Alexander Mitsos and his graduate student Corey Noone (both from MIT) to find a bio-mimetic mirror layout that is inspired from the arrangement of sunflower seeds. The result decreases the area needed for the heliostat and increases the over-all efficiency at the same time. The paper will be published in the journal 'Solar Energy'. Additionally, MIT and RWTH are applying for a patent together with the involved researchers.
Alexander Mitsos was a Junior Research Group Leader at the AICES Graduate School of RWTH in 2008.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
January 11, 2012
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