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TUM Ambassadors 2013

 

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Prof. Wenquan Che

“The visit and living at TUM have greatly pushed the development of my professional career.”

Professor, Department of Communication Engineering, School of Electronic and Optoelectronic Engineering and Deputy Executive Dean, College of Elite Education, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China

Stay at TUM
August 2007 – November 2008
Host
Prof. Dr. Peter Russer
Research Interests
Microwave/millimeter wave circuits and systems, researches on application of
microwave technology on medical treatment
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Recipient of Distinguished Young Scientist Project, awarded by the National
Natural Science Foundation Committee (NSFC) of China, 2012
– Recipient of the 5 th China Young Female Scientists Award, awarded by the Association for Science and Technology, China, 2008

„When I went to TUM as a Humboldt Fellow, I was an associate professor and had just started a new research field. The scientific researches at TUM helped me to make some good professional achievements. Owing to the research work done at TUM, I was able to obtain different awards after coming back to China. In addition, I was promoted to full professor. TUM has an open professional atmosphere, providing good experimental facilities for the researchers. The personal memory that I cherish most of my time at TUM is the summer trip organized by Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, which brought us to visit 17 cities of Germany and helped us have more and better understanding of the history and literature of Germany.“

 

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Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti

“TUM will always be my home away from home.“

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Prof-in-Charge, High Voltage Laboratory, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Stays at TUM
September 1995 – August 1996, May – August 1999, December 2007
Hosts
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Steinbigler, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Josef Kindersberger
Research Interests
Numerical field computation, computer aided design and optimization of insulation system, condition monitoring of transformers, signal conditioning in high voltage systems and life-long learning techniques
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Recipient of the “Outstanding Small Chapter Award” (2010) and the “Best Performance Award for Small Chapter“ (2009) from the IEEE Power & Energy Society
– Outstanding Chapter Engineer Award, 2007
– Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2005

„I first visited TUM as Humboldt Research Fellow for one year. This was a wonderful opportunity. To be very brief, TUM made me a global researcher. At TUM, I understood the importance of industry-institute collaboration for conducting research of highest quality. As well the significance of maintaining research ethics was deeply imbibed in me at TUM. The outstanding research facilities, deep-rooted academic and cultural values and genial social life broadens the horizon of vision of a young scientist, which is so important to meke her or him not only an excellent researcher, but also a value added citizen. On a personal level, during my stay at TUM I learnt to strike a balance between stressful personal life and peaceful family life.“

 

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Prof. Charles Casey

“My stay at TUM was a wonderful growth experience for me.“

Homer Adkins Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Homepage: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/users/casey

Stays at TUM
September – October 1988, June – July 1990, June – July 1993
Host
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Research Interests
Organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, hydrogenation,hydroformylation, alkene polymerization
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service to Inorganic
Chemistry, 2011
– President of the American Chemical Society, 2004
– Chair of the Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998 – 2001

„My time at TUM was my first extensive experience living outside the US. I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with the faculty and graduate students who all made an effort to include me in their discussions. So I learned a great deal about the differences and strengths of German chemical education. Professionally, I met a large number of German chemists who became important relationships in all my future research. I developed a real affection for Germany. I enjoyed living in Giggenhausen, a small village near Garching with more cows than peole, having the daily lunch with students in the Mensa and going out for beer with my graduate students.“

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Prof. Pierre Braunstein

“My research stay at TUM was a great experience, from both the scientific and cultural points of view.”

CNRS Research Director, University of Strasbourg Center national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Strasbourg, France

Homepage: http://www-chimie.u-strasbg.fr/%7Elcc/index.html

Stays at TUM
October 1974 – September 1975; November 1988
Host
Prof. Dr. Ernst O. Fischer, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Research Interests
Fundamental and applied molecular chemistry, creation of new chemical bonds (metal-metal), of new complex molecules, elaboration of concepts rationalizing structure reactivity relationships and applications in homogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials from molecular precursors and applications in heterogeneous catalysis
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Member of Evaluation Group, Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation, 2012
– Descartes- Huygens Prize, Dutch Academy of Sciences, 2008
– Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2006

„From the scientifical perspective, working in the lab of Prof. E. O. Fischer, who had received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry shortly before, was a unique opportunity to be exposed to the forefront of organometallic chemistry. I was the first foreigner to work on the recently metal carbyne complexes, a very exciting challenge. Of course, the outstanding personality and charisma of Prof. E. O. Fischer had a major and long-lasting impact on anyone who had a chance to meet and work with him. I have lively memories of a stimulating scientific environment, the visits to the „Alte Pinakothek“, the „Biergarten – Kultur“ and the opportunity to learn German, although this may not be ‚Hochdeutsch‘.“

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Prof. Armen der Kiureghian

“For a young scientist, TUM can be an ideal place to develop a career.“

Taisei Chair Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

Homepage: http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~adk/

Stay at TUM
September – October 2012
Host
Prof. Dr. Daniel Straub
Research Interests
Structural and system reliability, engineering risk analysis and decision making, stochastic structural dynamics, earthquake engineering
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Distinguished Research Award, International Association of Structural Safety and Reliability, 2013
– TÜV SÜD Stiftung Visiting Professorship, TUM-IAS, 2012
– ASCE Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal, 2006

„My stay at TUM was a most enjoyable and fulfilling experience. I met many bright students, interacted with many faculty members and researchers, and learned a lot about new research topics and achievements. Together with my host Professor Daniel Straub, we were able to organize a 2-day workshop on „Structural Reliability, Risk Assessment and Decision-Making: Past, Present, Future,“ which brought together a group of our current and past students to present and discuss their ideas. This event was a high point of my stay in Munich.“

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Prof. Patrick Dewilde

„TUM provides one of the best environments for scientific exploration and the creation of new technology.“

Distinguished Affiliated Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering,Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

Stays at TUM
June – July 2003, June – July 2005, September 2008 – December 2013
Host
Prof. Dr. Klaus Diepold (2003 and 2005)
Research Interests
Dynamical system theory, numerical and matrix algebra, signal processing, network theory
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Director of the Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS), 2008 – 2013
– Vitold Belevitch IEEE Circuits and Systems Award, 2011
– Chairman of the Point-One Academic Council; 2007

„My first stay at TUM was as an Alexander von Humboldt-prizewinner in 2003 and then later as director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) for five years. In my view, TUM provides one of the best environments for scientific exploration and the creation of new technology. It has an impressive array of world-renowned institutes, a tradition of creativity and innovation, and a truly broad, multidisciplinary basis. Its open mind, informal atmosphere and large number of excellent professors and students attract many of the top scientists in the world, both young and experienced. In short: TUM provides an ideal environment for young scientists to activate their creativity and realize their scientific dreams.“

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Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral

“Munich is a great place for a scientist.“

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials, Institute of Materials, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Homepage: http://lmsc.epfl.ch

Stay at TUM
October 2005 – September 2010
Host
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Abstreiter
Research Interests
Nanotechnology, semiconductor nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, solar cells
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Rodolphe et Rene Haeny Prize, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2012
– invited to attend and present a poster at the 156th Nobel Workshop on Nanoscale Energy Converters, Örenäs Castle, Sweden, 2012
– TUM-IAS Visiting Fellowship, 2010

„My stay at TUM took place during my consolidation as an independent researcher, after having spent some time in the US as postdoc and having started a company. As a group leader at TUM I enjoyed full scientific freedom to develop my ideas and at the same time high quality infrastructure for achieving them. TUM attracts also extremely high quality students, with whom I enjoyed very much working with. TUM is an excellent place to do high level research. Bayern is also an ideal place in Europe to translate the scientific findings into real technology via a startup. At the same time, Munich is very well connected to the rest of Germany, Europe and the world. It is a great place for a scientist.“

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Prof. Ping Liu

“My stay at TUM was a true milestone in my life, based on which I was able to gain some important achievements in my career.”

Professor for Environmental Health and Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Kunming Medical University, Kunming, China

Stay at TUM
April 1992 – June 1994
Host
Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Greim
Research Interests
Environmental health, occupational health, toxicology, epidemiology, public health education, health care service in the rural areas
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Third Award for Advanced Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Yunnan Province (China) for research work „Effects of pesticides on endocrine and neurosystemin rats“, 2007
– „Excellent Faculty of WuDaGuan Foundation“, Kunming Medical University, 2006
– „Excellent scientist in battle against SARS“, Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, 2003

„Studying at TUM was of great value to me. Quality academic atmosphere, beautiful campus and friendly faculty impressed many nice memories on my mind. During my stay I made good relationships with academic people. Afterwards I set up a research cooperation between China and Germany supported by the Chinese government and the German BMBF. The time at TUM opened my eyes and changed my career totally. German people are very serious in research, but very friendly and accomodating: ‚Once working together, forever friends!'“

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Prof. Weidong Qu

“I strongly recommend young scholars in my field to visit TUM, which I regard as a highly valuable research partner.”

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Land and Real Estate Management, Center of Property Tax and Assessment, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Stay at TUM
October 2009 – December 2011
Host
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel
Research Interests
Property tax and its assessment, real estate appraisal, real estate finance and investment analysis, land information system and GIS
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Second Price for Best Paper of the Annual Conference of the China Association
of Real Estate Academicians, 2012
– Second Price for Best Paper of the Annual Conference of the China Real Estate Appraiser, 2012
– Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2008

„In 2008 I came to TUM as a Humboldt Research Fellow. During my time spent there, I had the opportunity to sort out my past studies systematically after 8 years of teaching and research at the Renmin University of China. At the institute of my host Prof. Holger Magel I was able to compare the land management systems of China and Germany and develop some ideas on how to improve the situation in China. I also learned and enjoyed a lot visiting the beautiful Bavarian countryside, combing theory and practice. I strongly recommend young scholars in my field to visit TUM, which I regard as a highly valuable research partner.“

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Prof. Rosemarie Renaut

“Without my stay at TUM I would not have moved my research in the highly interesting area that still is the major focus of my work.”

Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Homepage: http://Math.asu.edu/~rosie

Stays at TUM
August 2001 – July 2002; August 2003
Host
Prof. Dr. Martin Brokate
Research Interests
Inverse problems, computational linear algebra, ill-posed problems, algorithm development, statistical approaches
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Leader, Focused Research Group in Mathematics for research on the Mathematical Essentials of Medical Imaging, 2007 – 2012
– Program Officer, Computational Mathematics, National Science Foundation, 2008 – 2011
– Director, Professional Masters Program in Computational Biosciences, Arizona State University, 2002 – 2008

„I came to TUM in the midst of my career, after heading up the department of mathematics at my home institution: At a good point for re-establishing research interests, in other words. During my stay at TUM I developed new interests in numerical linear algebra and inverse problems, which are topics of my current research as a computational mathematician. This has been crucial for my current research. One of my students at TUM also moved to my institution in Arizona and continued to work with me for his doctoral dissertation.“

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Prof. Henk van Beijeren

“TUM is a great place for doing research, and meeting other people who do so.”

Professor Emeritus, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Homepage http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~beije101/

Stays at TUM
March– June 2009; February – May 2010; February – April 2011
Host
Prof. Dr. Herbert Spohn
Research Interests
Statistical physics of nonequilibrium systems and the equilibrium properties of surfaces
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Humboldt Research Award, 2008
– Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales-Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW-ADFA), Canberra, Australia, 2006
– Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, visiting the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, 2000

„Just after my retirement at Utrecht University 2009 I was visiting professor at TUM for three years. During these years I started the research project I am still mostly working on, based on some remarkable results by Professor Herbert Spohn, my host at TUM, and one of his coworkers. I enjoyed the good atmosphere in the group of my host, the daily bike rides along the Isar between Munich and the Garching Campus, my sojourn at the ‚Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft München‘ (an excellently equipped and located guest house for international scientists), the Nymphenburg park and the botanical garten, the Alte Pinakothek and the ice skating on the lake in the Englischer Garten. I would recommend TUM for a research stay because of the excellent people working there, first of all, then, not unimportantly, the equally excellent facilities and, last but not least, the highly attractive environment.“

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Prof. Zohar Yosibash

“The personal and scientific connections that I established with many excellent researchers enriched my research.“

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Homepage http://www.bgu.ac.il/~zohary/

Stay at TUM
August 2010 – February 2011 and many other visits since then
Host
Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank
Research Interests
Biomechanics, fracture-mechanics, high order finite element methods
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship, TUM-IAS, 2009
– Toronto Award for the “best researcher“ in the Faculty of Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 2009
– IBM Distinguished Professorship at the Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA 2002-2003

„My stay at TUM was one of the best research periods I had. My interaction with TUM started back in 1996, when I visited the institute of Prof. Rank for the first time. I was then a young lecturer at the beginning of my career. The warm and wonderful hospitality of my host made us good friends. After many years of collaboration I had the honor to become a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study. The most significant professional outcome of my stay were several significant scientific achievements in the field of bone mechanics and the excellent connections I established with some excellent scientists that I hope will lead to new and exciting discoveries.“

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