Teaching faculty

  • Klaus Hackl
    Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Hackl
    Academic Career: Dipl. Mathematics (1985) at University of Heidelberg; Dr. rer. nat. (1988) at RWTH Aachen; Habilitation (1997) at Graz University of Technology; Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum since 1999.
    Field expertise:
    Theory of materials; Numerical methods in mechanics and structural mechanics.
  • Dr. Loc Khieu Huu
    The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI, US): PhD '12, MSE '07
    Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam): BE '04
    Field expertise:
    • Rarefied Gas Dynamics
    • Compressible Flows
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Finite Elements in Fluid Mechanics
    Taught courses:
    • Engineering Mathematics I–IV (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Chau Le Khanh
    Diploma in Mechanics (1979), Moscow; Dr. rer. nat. (1983) Lomonossow Moscow State University; Habilitation (1986) Moscow; Habilitation (1996) Ruhr-University Bochum; Professor in Bochum since 2004. Field expertise:
    Fracture in brittle materials, micromechanics and microstructures.
  • Detlef Kuhl
    iploma in Aeronautics and Astronautics (1992), TU-Stuttgart; Dr.-Ing. (1996), TU-Stuttgart; Research associate Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Aeronautics, London (1997); Research associate, Ruhr-University Bochum (1998-2007); Professor at University Kassel since 2007;

    Research Interests: Nonlinear stuctural dynamics, Galerkin time stepping methods, multi-field problems, tensegrity structures.
  • Dr. Duong Pham Thanh
    Name: Duong Thanh PHAM
    Citizenship: Vietnamese
    Email: duong.pt@vgu.edu.vn (or ptduong01@gmail.com)
    Telephone: (084)(0)39 487 3087

    Academic Career: Postdoctoral candidates, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Bonn University, Germany (2011 – 2013); PhD in Mathematics, the University of New South Wales, Australia (2011); Master in Mathematics and Education, La Trobe University, Australia (2007); B.Sc. in Mathematics and Education, Pedagogy University of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (2004).
    Field expertise:
    - Numerical Analysis
    - Computational mathematics
    - Finite element, boundary element and meshless methods
    - Pseudodifferential equations on the sphere
    - Numerical methods for stochastic partial differential equations
    - Boundary integral equation methods
    Taught courses:
    Undergraduate course:
    - Fundamental Engineering Mathematics I,II
    - Advanced Mathematics
    - Computer Science Mathematics
    - Test AS preparation

    Graduate course
    - Mathematical Aspects of Differential Equations - tutorials
    - Boundary Element Methods
    - Variational Calculus
  • Gunther Meschke
    Diploma in Civil Engineering (1983), Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Dr. techn. (1989), Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Research associate Stanford University (1991); Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum since 1998. Field expertise:
    Computational structural mechanics, multi-phase and multi-field models, durability of concrete structures, fracture and damage in brittle and quasi-brittle solids, simulation in tunneling and biomechanics.
  • Dr. Han Tran Duc
    - PhD in Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
    - MSc in Mechanics of Construction, University of Liege, 2001
    - BSc in Civil Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, 1997
    Academic career
    - Senior Lecturer at Vietnamese-German University, 2014-present.
    - Postdoc at University of New Mexico, USA, 2011-2013
    - Teaching Assistant at University of Texas at Austin, USA, 2005-2010
    Field expertise:
    Numerical methods (FEM, BEM, MPM);
    Computational fracture mechanics;
    Sea ice modeling.
    Taught courses:
    Finite Element Methods in Linear Structural Mechanics;
    Advanced Finite Element Methods;
    Mechanics of Solids;
    Fracture Mechanics;
    Mechanics A;
    Application of FEM Technology.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hung Nguyen Quoc
    - B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (1997) Polytechnic University of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam;
    - European M.Sc. in Mechanics of Construction (2001), University of Liege, Belgium;
    - PhD in Solid Mechanics and Manufacturing Engineering (2009), Inha University, South Korea.
    Field expertise:
    Smart materials and structures, Fluid Mechanics, Structure Optimization, Vibration control, Intelligent Control Systems, High frequency jetting dispenser.
    Taught courses:
    1) Vector mechanics (Statics, Dynamics)
    2) Fluid mechanics
    3) Automatic control systems
    4) Modern control systems
    5) System dynamics
    6) Structural dynamics and vibration
    7) Technical English
    8) Strength of materials
    9) Industrial robots
    10) Linear algebra
    11) Digital engineering
    12) CNC machining
    13) CAD/CAM technology
    14) Machinery mechanics
    15) Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    16) Advanced Engineering Maths
    17) Manufacturing Process
    18) Hydraulics and Pneumatics systems
  • Karlheinz Lehner
    Diploma of Computer Science, obtained at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, 1980-1986
    Doctorial Thesis “On the Use of Knowledge-Based Systems in Structural Optimization, as Exemplified by Truss Optimization” in 1991
    Research Assistent at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, since 1992
    Research Associate at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, since 1996

    Dr. Lehner studied computer science at the Technical University of Dortmund between 1980-1986. He then worked at the Department of Computer Science in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund where he defended his thesis “On the Use of Knowledge-Based Systems in Structural Optimization, as Exemplified by Truss Optimization” in 1991. Since 2010, Dr. Lehner has been working at the Chair of Computing in Engineering in various research projects.
    Field expertise:
    knowledge-based technologies in product modeling
    the use of optimization concepts in engineering tasks,
    Internet-enabled computing
    Taught courses:
    Knowledge-based Systems in Engineering
    Modern Programming concepts in Engineering
    Parallel Computing
    Design Optimization
  • Matthias Baitsch
    Diploma in Civil Engineering (1997), TU Dortmund; Dr.-Ing. (2003), Ruhr-University Bochum, at VGU since 2009;

    Research Interests: High-order finite element methods, design optimization, object-oriented numerics and project-based teaching.
  • Tamara Nestorović
    Diploma (1994) and Scientific degree Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Control Systems (2000), both at University of Niš, Serbia; Dr.-Ing. (2005), Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany; Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, since 2008.
    Field expertise:
    Controller design for smart structures and systems
    Active vibration control
    Modeling of active materials for smart structures
    Parameter and system identification
    Reconnaissance in mechanized tunneling
    Taught courses:
    Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamics (Mech. Eng., Sales Engineering & Product Management)
    Dynamics and Adaptronics (Computational Engieneering)
    Fundamentals of Active Structural Control (Mech. Eng.)
    Advanced Control Methods for Adaptive Mechanical Systems (Computational Engieneering)
    Fundamentals of Machine Dynamics (Mech. Eng., Sales Engineering & Product Management)
    Fundamentals of System Dynamics (Mech. Eng.)
  • Timon Rabczuk
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7150-296X
    ResearcherID: A-3067-2009
    h-index (ISI-Web of Science core collection): 50

    Professional Experience

    02/2002 Dr.-Ing. at University of Karlsruhe
    02/2002-09/2005 Postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Group of Computational Mechanics, Evanston, Illinois, USA with Prof. T. Belytschko
    10/2005-01/2007 Postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Computational
    Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical
    University of Munich, Germany with Prof. W.A. Wall
    02/2007-02/2009 Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand
    since 02/2009 Univ.-Professor at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, chair of Computational Mechanics, Institute of Structural Mechanics, Weimar, Germany
    2010-2013 Director of the Institute of Structural Mechanics at Bauhaus University Weimar

    Membership and Awards

    since 03/2012 Assistant Editor of 'Computational Mechanics'
    since 01/2015 Executive Editor of 'Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering' (Journal of the Chinese Academy of Engineering)
    since 09/2016 Associate Editor of 'International Journal of Impact Engineering'
    since 2014 Member of the Modeling Market Place (MMP) Working Group of the European Materials Modeling Council (EMMC)
    2014-2016 Listed in ISI-Highly Cited Researchers 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the categories 'Computer Science' and 'Engineering'

    Selected research grants:

    Since 01/2017 Coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 project BESTOFRAC (4 years, 1,900,000 Euro): Environmentally
    best practices and optmisation in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas/oil development, 4 academic beneficiaries and 2 industrial

    Since 06/2014 ERC-CoG (5 years, 2,000,000 Euro): Computational Modeling and Design of Lithium-ion Batteries (COMBAT)

    01/2012-12/2015 Coordinator of the FP7-ITN (Initial Training Network): Integrating Numerical Simulation and Geometric Design Technology (INSIST), 3,850,000 Euro (4 years), 12 ESRs (3 years each) and 2 ERs (30 months), 3 industrial partners and 3 academic partners
    Field expertise:
    - Computational Mechanics (Computational Solid Mechanics and Computational Fluid-Structure-Interaction)
    - Computational Materials Design
    - Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
    - Numerical Methods(Isogeometric Analysis, Extended Finite Element and Meshfree Methods, etc.)
    - Constitutive Modeling
    - Material Instabilities, Fracture, Strain localization
    - Piezoelectric/flexoelectric materials
    - Polymer-Matrix Composites
    Taught courses:
    - Mechanics of Materials 1 and 2
    - Linear and Nonlinear FEM
    - Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics
    - Meshfree Methods
    - Extended Finite Element and Meshfree Methods
    - Computational Methods for Material Failure
  • M. Sc. Tung Le
    BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, Ho Chi Minh City University of Science, Viet Nam (2012); Master in Applied Mathematics, University of Tours, France (2014). Field expertise:
    Numerical Analysis, Computational Mathematics, Adaptive Finite Element Methods, Partial Differential Equations
  • Tuyet Trinh Bach
    Diploma in Civil Engineering, HCM city University of Architecture, Vietnam (1998); European M.Sc. Mechanics of Construction (EMMC), University of Liege, Belgium (2001); Dr.-Ing, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (2009); Working at the Institute of Mechanics, Ruhr-University Bochum.http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/lam/personen/trinh.html

    Research Interests: Inelasticity, microstructures, strain localization, enhanced finite elements.
    Field expertise:
    - Inelasticity,
    - Microstructures
    - Strain localization
    - Enhanced finite elements.
  • Dr. Joerg Franke
    1987-1994 studied Mechanical Engineering at University Karlsruhe (TH), 1994 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at University Karlsruhe (TH), 1998 Dr.-Ing. University Karlsruhe (TH), 1998-2000 Lecturer University Siegen, 2000-2012 Senior Lecturer University Siegen, 2008-2011 Interim Chair of Fluid Mechanics University Siegen, 2012-2017 Lecturer cum Academic Coordinator at VGU, since 2017 Senior Lecturer cum Academic Coordinator at VGU Field expertise:
    Fluid Mechanics; Computational Fluid Mechanics; Computational Wind Engineering; Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification in Scientific Computing
    Taught courses:
    University Siegen:
    1998-2012 Computational Fluid Dynamics (Diploma, MSc), 2000-2012 Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Diploma, MSc), 2008-2011 Fluid Mechanics (Diploma, BSc), 2009-2012 Applied Fluid Dynamics (BSc), 2009-2012 Gas Dynamics I (Diploma, MSc), 2009-2012 Computer Methods in Fluid Technology (BSc), 2009-2011 Advanced Fluid Dynamics I (MSc)

    VGU, since 2012:
    Fluid Dynamics (MSc, CompEng), Computational Fluid Dynamics (MSc, CompEng), Computational Wind Engineering (MSc, CompEng), Numerical Simulation (MSc, MSST), Fluid Mechanics (BSc, ME), Basics of Fluid Machinery (BSc, ME)

    Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), since 2016:
    Simulation of incompressible turbulent flows with the Finite Volume method (MSc, CompEng)
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