Dissertation awards for graduates from the Chair of Scientific Computing


The TUM Graduate School is delighted to share the news that two doctoral graduates from the Chair of Scientific Computing, TUM Department of Informatics, lead by Prof. Dr. H.-J. Bungartz have received prestigious awards.

Ionut-Gabriel Farcas has won the prize for the Best Romanian Student at postgraduate level in Europe 2019, in a yearly contest organized by the League of Romanian Students from Abroad. It is the only event dedicated to recognizing the merits of Romanians studying all over the world.

Born 1990 in Targu-Lapus, Romania, Ionut graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Automation and Applied Informatics from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania and has been awarded two subsequent DAAD scholarship for pursuing his academic career at TUM. He graduated in May 2020 with the thesis "Context-aware Model Hierarchies for Higher-dimensional Uncertainty Quantification" and is currently pursuing his postdoctoral research at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, in the groups of Prof. Karen Willcox and Prof. Frank Jenko. His research interests include model hierarchies for uncertainty quantification, adaptivity, model reduction, scientific machine learning, computational plasma physics and high-performance computing.

Nikola Tchipev was this year‘s only runner-up for the John Atanassoff Award who has been awarded with a diploma. The award is given by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to young Bulgarian scientists under the age of 35 for contributions in the area of Computer Science. In his research, Nikola has carried out the world’s largest molecular dynamics simulation to date.

Nikola is 30 years old and finished his doctorate this year with the topic "Algorithmic and Implementational Optimizations of Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Process Engineering". He did his BSc in Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen (2008-2011) and his MSc in Computational Science and Engineering at TUM (2011-2013) where he continued his doctoral research at the Chair of Scientific Computing, TUM Department of Informatics. Nikola is currently working for the company Nielsen.