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TUM Ambassadors 2015

 

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Prof. David Andelman

„I had an extremely pleasant and enlightening stay at TUM”

Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Physics Department, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Homepage  http://www.tau.ac.il/~andelman

Stay at TUM
November 2002 – Februar 2003
Host
Prof. Dr. Erich Sackmann
Research Interests
Soft Condensed Matter; Physics of Biological Systems; Charged Liquid Systems; Complex Liquids; Polymer Physics; Membranes
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Humboldt Research Award
– Bourke Lectureship Award. Royal Society, UK
– Fellow of the American Physical Society

„I had an extremely pleasant and enlightening stay at TUM in 2002-2003. I am a theoretician and at TUM I interacted closely with the students and researchers of the experimental biophysics group headed by Prof. E. Sackmann. I vividly recall the many discussions we had trying to interpret their results. It was a period where I learned new topics in cell and membrane biophysics, which served me for years to come up to day. My friendship with Prof. Sackmann and some of his students (who became meanwhile mature researchers) is something I greatly cherish even today. The visit 13 years ago initiated many collaborations, mutual visits and foster the research ties that I had with the German scientific community.“

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Prof. Chang Wen Chen

The hospitality of TUM was just great“

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA

Homepage  http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/faculty/chencw/

Stay at TUM
2010
Host
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach
Research Interests
Cloud mobile media, social mobile media, crowd-sourcing and cloud media security, Mobile virtual reality, mobile image registrations, mobile media retrieval and adaptation
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– UB Exceptional Scholar – Sustained Achievement Award, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012
– Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, US Senior Scientist category, 2010
– Fellow of the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

„The best memory that I have of my stay at TUM is the hospitaly of the entire institution. My host and the whole department warmly welcomed me. During my stay I also used to visit museums and go to the opera. This  was wonderful amd made my stay even more valuable.“

Prof. Alexander L. Efros; Physics; Professor at the Naval Research Laboratory, Nanostructure Optics Section, Washington DC; 2008 guest at TUM; TUM Ambassador 2015 der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Alexander Efros

Research Physicist at the Nanostructure Optics Section, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington D.C., USA

Stay at TUM
2010
Host
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Abstreiter
Research Interests
Semiconductor nanocrystals
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– E. F. Gross Medal, D. S. Rozhdestvensky Optical Society, 2013
– Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, 2008
– R.W. Wood Prize of OSA, 2006

und TUM Ambassador der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Brian Freeman

In Munich I have experienced a big jump in my professional life“

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Homepage https://mcb.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/bfree

Stays at TUM
2010, 2011, 2013
Host
Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner
Research Interests
Genomics, Protein Dynamics, Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions, Proteomics, Regulation of Gene Expression
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2010
– Educator of the year. Alumni Association, University of Illinois, 2009
– American Heart Association Fellow, 2000-2002

“I have many good memories of TUM, both professionaly and personally.There are not that many opportunities in a life to get to start in a new place, especially if you become a professor and you have to stay at your one university. But I had this chance to enter in an established laboratory and department, meet a new group of people and create all new relationships. I enjoyed the excitement of learning something new and share what I know. And that’s how you make those amazing connections that make the jump in science.“

Prof. Alice Gast; Chemistry , President of the Imperial College London; 1999 guest at TUM, Humboldt Research Award Host: Erich Sackmann; TUM Ambassador 2015 der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Alice P. Gast

My stay at TUM has been a very important moment in my career“

President of the Imperial College London, UK

Homepage https://www.imperial.ac.uk/about/leadership-and-strategy/president/

Stay at TUM
January – August 1999, Summer 2000
Host
Prof. Dr. Erich Sackmann
Research Interests
Surface and interfacial phenomena
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– National Academy Engineering Award
– Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
– Fellow American Academy of Arts & Sciences

“I learned a tremendous amount about biophysics and the ability of biological systems to optimize their structure and properties. I remember the fish tanks and the dynamic, international and energetic group in Sackmann’s lab. From this work I branched into areas of research involving proteins at membranes and lipid membrane structure and phase transitions. I also gained a tremendous respect for international collaboration and for interdisciplinary work with teams of scientists. Sackmann was a fabulous mentor and today I am a great champion of collaboration.“

Prof. Michel Géradin; Applied Mechanics Professor Emeritus, Université de Liège; 2014 - 2015 guest at TUM; TUM Ambassador 2015 der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Michel Géradin

„TUM is really an exceptional environment for PhD students and postdocs.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium

Homepage http://www.mechanical-vibrations.ulg.ac.be/

Stays at TUM
Short stays between October 2013 and June 2015
Host
Prof. Dr. Daniel Rixen
Research Interests
Structural Dynamics, Multibody Dynamics, mechanical vibration, numerical methods, finite element method
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Humboldt Research Award
– Doctor Honoris Causa at the École Centrale, Nantes (ECN), France and at the Technical University of Lisbon (IST), Portugal
– Prix Scientifique Louis Empain

„I came at TUM in a special context. My host, Prof. Dr. Rixen, was one of my former and best PhD students. At TUM I found an exceptional environment to achieve my objectives, i.e. to write in collaboration with Prof. Rixen a new edition of our book ‚Mechanical Vibrations‘ and to develop new ideas on reduction methods for structural dynamics and their application to multicontact problems.“

Prof. Gary Haller; Chemistry, Yale University; 2014-2015 guest at TUM; TUM Ambassador 2015 der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Gary Haller

„TUM is a very stimulating and interactive environment and I enjoy doing research here“

Henry Prentiss Becton Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and Research Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, USA

Homepage http://www.chem.yale.edu/faculty/haller.html

Stay at TUM
Several stays, 2011 – 2015
Host
Prof. Dr. Johannes Lercher
Research Interests
Heterogeneous Catalysis, surface science
Awards/ Honors (Selection)
– Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York Award for Excellence in Catalysis, sponsored by Exxon Research and Engineering Company, 1993
– Robert Burwell Lectureship, the Catalysis Society, 1995
– Lacey Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1996

„At TUM I have been a Visiting Professor with the research group of Professor Lercher since January 2011 (and a Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, September 2014 –August 2015). In this period I have participated in several projects. I have been exposed to some very new directions in heterogeneous catalysis and new insights in some established areas of catalysis. It is a very stimulating and interactive environment and I enjoy a continuation of my research here at TUM.“

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Prof. Madeline Heilman

„I have been impressed by the competence of my host and the motivation and commitment of the TUM students“

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, New York University (NYU), USA

Homepage http://www.psych.nyu.edu/heilman/

Stays at TUM
Several stays in 2015
Host
Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe
Research Interests
Gender stereotypes, gender bias, women in the workplace, unintended consequences of preferential selection
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology
– Editorial Board, Academy of Management Review
– Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

„I have visited TUM on several occasions and I have been consistently impressed by the competence of my host and the motivation and commitment of the students with whom I have worked. Even more importantly, I feel that I have made friends and engagedcolleagues who will be part of my work life for years to come.“

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Foto: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Prof. Mikio Horie

„Visiting TUM was a great chance for me.“

Head of Horie research group, Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Homepage http://www.meds.pi.titech.ac.jp/

Stay at TUM
June – September 1996
Host
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Pfeiffer
Research Interests
Machine Design, Kinematics of Machinery, Polymer-made Robots, Micromotionsystems
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Meritorious Deed Awards for the Japan Society of Precision Engineering (JSPE) 75 th Anniversary of Foundation, 2009
– Fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), 2003
– ASME International, The Engineering Profession for MEMS Track and Manufacturing Track, in InterPACK, 2001

„I have visited Prof. Friedrich Pfeiffer’s Lab at TUM in 1996. Here I had the chance to take part in several international conferences and to meet lots of German researchers. It was a great opportunity to discuss advanced mechanical systems. I also visited lots of places and cities and got to know the German history and culture.“

Prof. Roberta L. Klatzky; Psychology, Automatic Control Engineering Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Psychology ; 2010 guest at TUM; TUM Ambassador 2015 der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM); Foto: © Astrid Eckert / TU Muenchen; Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

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Prof. Roberta Klatzky

„I enjoyed my stay at TUM“

Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Homepage http://www.psy.cmu.edu/people/klatzky.html

Stay at TUM
June – December 2011
Host
Prof. Dr-Ing. Martin Buss
Research Interests
Perception and action, haptics, spatial cognition
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, 2010
– Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
– Senior Member, IEEE

„During my residence in Munich I enjoyed attending regular laboratory meetings, talking individually with faculty and students, taking part in activities of the Cluster of Excellence Cognition for Technical Systems (CoTeSys), and participating as a TUM-IAS Honorary Hans Fischer Senior Fellow. My collaborative activities led to publications with faculty and students at TUM, as well as long-term relationships. My stay gave me the opportunity to learn more about control theory, which has been very useful in my work on robot control using touch feedback.“

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Foto: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Prof. Eli Pollak

„At TUM I found a congenial atmosphere“

Professor, Departmental Chair, Chemical Physics Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Homepage http://www.weizmann.ac.il/chemphys/pollak/

Stay at TUM
October – November 2012, 2013
Host
Prof. Dr. Matthias Nest
Research Interests
Theoretical Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Senior Humboldt Award
– Outstanding Referee – American Physical Society, APS
– Fellow, APS

„At TUM I enjoyed my interaction with various members of the Chemistry faculty, the educational and inspiring seminars and the congenial atmosphere. Professionally, the period spent helped me increase my understanding of quantum chemistry and state of the art quantum dynamics computations.“

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Prof. Jonathan Veinot

„My year at TUM was a a career-changing experience“

Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Homepage www.chem.ualberta.ca/~jveinot/

Stay at TUM
July 2013 – June 2014
Host
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rieger
Research Interests
Silicon, nanomaterials
Awards / Honors (Selection)
– Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
– Faculty of Science Research Award
– NSERC Discovery Grant Accelerator Award

„My year at TUM is a long convoluted story that started with a volcano that wreaked havoc on European airspace, but as a result it has become a career-changing experience. I will always treasure the friendships and professional collaborations that have resulted – I consider many of my TUM colleagues as extended family. Fond personal memories include working with TUM students and assisting them with their hands-on research, my family sharing in group activities such as BBQs, watching my children play games with TUM graduate students, participating in IGSSE kick-off meetings, and touring Bavaria with my host Prof. Rieger. The most significant professional consequence of my time at TUM is the establishment of an NSERC/DFG supported international graduate school for hybrid functional materials (ATUMS) that strengthens further ties between TUM and the University of Alberta and allows TUM and UofA students to benefit from the complimentary expertise and facilities of the these two great institutions.“

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Foto: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Prof. Mei Wang

„My stay at TUM opened my eyes.“

Full professor at the Dalian University of Technology, China

Homepage http://gs1.dlut.edu.cn/

Stay at TUM
July 1989 – February 1991 and July 1992 – December 1992
Host
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Research Interests
Development of catalysts and devices for electrochemical and photochemical water splitting to H2 and O2, Biomimic of hydrogenases to learn from Nature for highly efficient H-H bond activation and formation
Awards / Honors (Selection)
Prof. Wang is one of the top 1% of authors, highly cited in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals in 2014, awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

„My stay at TUM is a very happy memory for me. It gave me a chance not only to learn more knowledge and advanced technology in chemistry, but also to open my eyes to a broader world. I can never forget the time when I worked with Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann’s group at TUM and the friends who gave me so many help.“

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