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The department of Mathematics & Logistics is home to programs including Industrial Engineering & Management, Supply Chain Management, and Mathematics. Information influences the life of the individual and the cohesion of societies and cultures in many different ways. Expertise in these disciplines contribute to Jacobs focus on Mobility.
Assuming responsibility in companies early on in your studies? With the right expertise, this is possible. Since the beginning of September, Stefan Krstevski has been leading a team of ten freelancers at the Hamburg-based company Container xChange. The 21-year-old, who is studying Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) at English-speaking Jacobs University, has great potential – and promising plans for the future.
Jacobs University started the new academic year with its traditional kick-off event: The Annual Opening Ceremony. Managing Director Professor Thomas Auf der Heyde welcomed new students from all over the world. He attested to their perseverance, because without this quality they would have hardly been able to qualify to study at Jacobs University during the pandemic. "The past 18 months have been very difficult for many. It is wonderful to have you here!" he said. In addition, the event honored the best graduation projects and named the 2021 Faculty Members of the Year.
Whether it is about the study of planetary motions, weather forecasts or the growth of bacterial cultures – involved are dynamical systems, which are mathematical models of real development processes. Although mathematicians have been working on such systems for a long time, many questions are still unanswered. Dr. Igors Gorbovickis, Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University, is trying to close some knowledge gaps: in an international research project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German research funding organization.
With its Thesis Award, the Supply Chain Network BVL (Bundesvereinigung Logistik) honors outstanding bachelor's and master's theses in the field of logistics. Two graduates of Jacobs University Bremen recently received the award: Yousuf Farooq and Valeria Núñez Alfaro. Both studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the international university and both dealt with sustainability in their bachelor’s theses.
The aim is to improve climate analyses and their prediction accuracy. The German research foundation Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has extended the interdisciplinary project Energy Transfers in Ocean and Atmosphere until June 2024. The project involves oceanographers, meteorologists and mathematicians from Bremen, Hamburg and Rostock, including Marcel Oliver, Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen. The DFG is funding the second project phase with approximately twelve million euros.
The use of green electricity is a common practice for private households, but not for energy intensive industrial companies. How can they too succeed in consuming more electricity from renewable sources in the future? This is the subject of a project initiated by Hendro Wicaksono, Professor of Industrial Engineering at Jacobs University, together with SWT, the public utility company in Trier, and seven other scientific and economic partners. The three-year project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy with around 2 million euros. Around a quarter will go to Jacobs University.
They help lowering the blood sugar level, reduce the risk of diabetes and have a positive effect on the liver: chlorogenic acids are considered beneficial for one’s health. In researching coffee beans from Brazil, the work group of Nikolai Kuhnert, Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University, came to an apparently surprising result: organically grown coffee contains fewer chlorogenic acids than conventional coffee. "But that doesn't mean that consumers shouldn't buy organic coffee anymore," emphasized Kuhnert. The study was recently published in the journal "Food Research International".
Jacobs University offers excellent study conditions to math talents. The Sparkasse Bremen also contributes to these conditions: it has now extended the cooperation agreement for the promotion of particularly talented students at the international University for another ten years. Students from the fields of Mathematics and Data Engineering will benefit from the cooperation with the financial institution, which has been in place since 2011. The up to eight young talents come from Germany and abroad and are distinguished by outstanding achievements.
They teach and do research in different subject areas and come from different countries. All of them share a very similar motivation however: they want to teach and do research at an international, English-medium university, with students from over 100 nations and small learning groups. The team at Jacobs University Bremen is strengthened by a whole series of professors and university lecturers.
Three of Professor Sören Petrat’s students have recently been granted spots in prestigious summer schools at renowned US universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, and a Utah branch of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Petrat himself did postgraduate work at Princeton University. When he came from there to Jacobs University in fall 2017 to take up a post of Assistant Professor of Mathematics, one of his immediate objectives was to be a good teacher.
One might imagine them as a training camp where like-minded people from all over the world come together to work on highly complex topics and inspire each other. Access to these camps is limited, only the best of the best can participate. Three mathematics students from Jacobs University Bremen are part of this group. Benedikt Stock, Malte Haßler, and Prabhat Devkota are currently participating in very special summer programs at renowned universities in the USA.
Great success for Sharath Abraham Peter, Deep Vijay Merchant, Praveen Vadivel and Neelesh Balakrishnan. The students of Supply Chain Engineering and Management at Jacobs University won the regional Case Competition of the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) in London in cooperation with Deloitte Consulting. The quartet thus qualified for the final in Las Vegas in September.
A founding team of students and alumni of Jacobs University Bremen and their professor are launching the online platform Sharemac for renting construction machinery at the hanseBAU trade fair in Bremen, Germany.
If customers who order goods on the Internet receive transparent information about the environmental and social impact of their delivery, they are more likely to choose a more sustainable option. This is a key result of Bianca Ignat's bachelor thesis, for which the graduate of Jacobs University recently received an award from the German Logistics Association (BVL).
When Aliaskar was still a child, he often and gladly visited his grandfather Yegizbay at work and simply watched him. Yegizbay was a civil engineer, his profession fascinated him, he awakened his interest in engineering. Even where he would study the subject one day was clear to him early on: in Germany. "Already as a young boy, I dreamed of being able to study in Germany. It is one of the most highly developed countries in the world, it offers many opportunities. Whether at school or in the family, everyone here speaks well about Germany."
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding two new research projects by mathematicians at Jacobs University. Both projects are addressing fundamental questions in mathematics. Prof. Dr. Marcel Oliver's project concerns complex multi-scale problems in mathematical physics. His colleague Prof. Dr. Ivan B. Penkov follows in the footsteps of the mathematician Hermann Weyl, who conducted research into mathematical representation theory. The projects are funded by the DFG with an approximate total of 300,000 Euros.
Each year Jacobs University awards a professor, lecturer or language instructor among the many dedicated faculty members for their excellent teaching in the past academic year. The awardees are decided by a university committee based on the nominations from students.
What would his grandfather have said? He was the one who encouraged him to come to Germany to study – and, of course, he would have been very proud. Once a year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards prizes to foreign students for their outstanding academic achievements and their notable social commitment. This year’s winner at Jacobs University Bremen is Muhammad Yusuf Azka from Indonesia.
Perhaps you can compare her to a top athlete who trains hard for years to achieve a goal. Only in her case it’s not about faster, higher, further, but about mathematical proofs. “This feeling, when you have proven something new, which no one has ever achieved before, and which can no longer be refuted - this feeling is indescribably beautiful,” says Jessica Fintzen. “It’s such a wonderful feeling to take on all the frustration experienced on the long and hard road in reaching this goal.”
Digitization, networks, automation: New technologies are being developed at a rapid pace. It is not for nothing that industry specialists are talking about a revolution – the fourth in industrial development after mechanization, mass production and the electronification of production. “These are incredibly exciting times for me as an academic,” says Dr. Yilmaz Uygun, Professor in Logistics Engineering, Technologies and Processes at the English-medium Jacobs University in Bremen.