In 2012, the MSc Program in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Modeling (CMMM) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University, was evaluated by the ECMI Educational Committee as ECMI Model Master in Industrial Mathematics, branch Technomathematics. Here, we present the carrier development of five of the master students, graduated from this program.
Vasilena Taralova and Maxim Taralov finished their master studies at CMMM in 2011. From November 2011 to April 2015 they were doctoral students at the Fraunhofer ITWM and Kaiserslautern University of Technology. Under the supervision of prof. Oleg Iliev they defended successfully their doctoral theses in May 2015. The topic of Vasilena’s thesis was „Upscaling Approaches for Nonlinear Processes in Lithium-ion Batteries“, and the topic of Maxim’s – „Simulation of Degradation Processes in Lithium-ion Batteries“. The aim of the mathematical modelling of Li-ion batteries is to help engineers to test faster and cheaper different battery configurations and electrode materials.
Dimitar Iliev graduated at CMMM in July 2012. From October 2012 to March 2016 he made his doctoral studies at TU Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer ITWM. The topic of his doctoral thesis is “Numerical Algorithms for Fluid Interaction with a Thin Porous Structure”. He developed an efficient numerical framework for complex multiphysical problem of Fluid-Porous Structure-Interaction in the context of dead-end filtration. The practical applications of thisl framework in industrial problems were demonstrated also.
Svetoslav Nakov finished the MP CMMM in May 2014. The same year he began his doctoral study in mathematics as part of DK Nano Cell, Linz, a highly interdisciplinary graduate college funded by the Austrian Science Fund. The topic of his dissertation is “Electrostatic computations of FRET rate constants in fluorescent labeled proteins”.
Pavel Iliev finished the MP CMMM in July 2015. He started his PhD program in February 2016 at ETH Zurich in the group of Computational Physics for Engineering Materials, under the supervision of prof. Hans Herrmann. In his research he studies the effects of continuous fiber reinforcement on the mechanical properties of granular materials, such as gravel or sand. The main idea is that structures like columns or arches can be build without any cohesive materials like cement. Instead, a fiber is used to redirect the forces and increase the tensile strength of the material.
These examples show that our students make use of the qualifications obtained in the master program CMMM and the area of mathematical modeling of real life processes is the mainstream of their further research and career path.