Professor Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt elected as new head of the Wissenschaftsrat

At its recent winter session, the Wissenschaftsrat, an advisory scientific council for the German federal government and state governments, elected Professor Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt as its new head. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt is head of AVT–Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Director of the Center for Computational Engineering Science, and a Member of the Steering Committees for AICES Graduate School and the Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass Cluster of Excellence. In 2007 and 2009 he was a member of the strategy board of RWTH Aachen University. He is a highly valued expert in these respective disciplines. In 2001, he received the highly-sought Leibniz Prize of the DFG.

Location: Wissenschaftsrat, Berlin
Date: January 2011

Nima Siboni and Arvind Balan are the first SiSc Master's degree holders

Nima Hamidi Siboni and Aravind Balan become the first AICES fellows to pass their Master's Colloquium in Simulation Sciences

Nima Hamidi Siboni gave his Master's Colloquium on the topic "Statistical and quantum mechanical simulation of interstitials in metals: Mechanisms and constraints for superabundant vacancy formation", supervised by Dr. Martin Friak.
Aravind Balan gave his Master's Colloquium on the topic "Implementation and Validation of a New Spectral Difference Method for Conservation Laws Using Raviart-Thomas Elements", supervised by Prof. Georg May, Ph.D..

Location: German Research School for Simulation Sciences, RWTH Aachen University
Date: December 13 and 20, 2010

Prof. Karen Veroy-Grepl elected to the “Junges Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste“

Karen Veroy-Grepl is a Junior Professor for "Hochleistungsrechnen ingenieurmässiger Modelle" in the faculty of Civil Engineering (FK3). She joined the AICES Graduate School as a Junior Research Group Leader in September 2009. Her research interests are: reduced-basis methods, particularly for applications in elasticity and fluid flow; reduced-order modeling for optimization and inverse problems; coupled and multiphysics applications.

Location: Akademie der Wissenschaften, Düsseldorf
Date: January 2011

Zohreh Ebrahimi becomes the first AICES fellow to pass her doctoral defense

Zohreh Ebrahimi received her Bachelor of Science in Mechancial Engineering from Shiraz University in Iran in 2003 and her Master of Science in Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structure (COMMAS) from University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2007. She started as an AICES fellow in July 2007, working on her thesis, "Phase-Field Simulation of Grain Growth in Casted Eutectic TiFe,“ advised by Dr. Joao Rezende and Prof. Bührig-Polazcek. She is the first fellow of AICES to receive her doctoral degree. Congratulations!

Prof. Dr. Bob Svendsen appointed to the Chair of Material Mechanics

He received his Masters Degree in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California in 1982, and his PhD Degree in Geophysics from the same institution in 1987.   From 1987 to 1988 he worked as a postdoc in ice mechanics at the ETH Zürich. From 1989 to 1995 he was a research assistant and lecturer in the Department of Mechanics at the Technical University (TU) Darmstadt. In 1992, he earned his habilitation degree in the same department. From 1995 to 2000 he worked as a senior researcher at the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing in Berlin. During this time, he also lectured in the Institute of Mechanics at the TU Berlin. In 2000 he was appointed as Professor of Mechanics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Dortmund. He has been appointed to the newly created Chair of Material Mechanics at the RWTH Aachen University starting November 1. His research interests include: material science, material modeling, continuum mechanics, simulation.