With the event series Excellence in Dialogue, the name says it all. Visionary international guests enter into an interactive dialogue with researchers, students and employees at the University of Stuttgart. Experts from various disciplines and fields meet to discuss exciting topics – always with a focus on the vision of the University of Stuttgart “intelligent systems for a sustainable society”.
The first event „Nou breekt mijn klomp – 40 years of adventure in STEM“ took place in May 2021. The title contains a dutch idiom – equivalent to „That knocked my socks off“. Prof. Margot Gerritsen from Stanford University talked about (un-)intended developments in computational science and her experiences as a scientist in the international engineering world. She was supported by moderator Prof. Rainer Helmig, University of Stuttgart.
Speaker Margot Gerritsen
Margot Gerritsen, born in the Netherlands, is a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University in California. Her focus is on computer simulations and the mathematical analysis of engineering and natural processes. Her main interests include sustainability and renewable and fossil energy production. In addition, she is involved in coastal ocean dynamics, yacht design, as well as several areas of computational mathematics including search algorithms and matrix computations. Her most recent research projects include traffic congestion and emission simulation and mitigation, and wildland fire prediction and mitigation. As co-founder and Co-Director of Women in Data Science and chair of the board of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathemathics) she aims to inspire and encourage girls and women in computational mathematics and data science.
Moderator Rainer Helmig
Rainer Helmig, Professor of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems, was the moderator of the event. His research focus is on the modeling of flow and transport processes, which play an important role, not only in terms of the environment, but also in technical and biological systems. He also examines issues of underground energy storage and fracking.