Wil Schilders, former ECMI-President fourth Dr. Mittelsten Scheid guest professor at Bergische Universität Wuppertal


In 2016, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Wuppertalian entrepreneur and patron Dr. Jörg Mittelsten Scheid (Vorwerk companies) donated 500.000 EUR to the Bergische Universität Wuppertal to fund international guest professorships in all schools of the university. For the summer term 2020, Prof. Dr. W.H.A. Schilders, full professor for “Scientific Computing in the Industry” at the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, was assigned as fourth Dr. Mittelsten Scheid guest professor in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic, his guest professorship had to be shifted to the winter term 2020/2021.

Wil, president of ECMI in 2010 and 2011, studied mathematics at Radboud University Nijmegen and received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. Before he went to the TU Eindhoven in 2010, he worked in industry for 30 years, at Philips and NXP Semiconductors.

Wil is an expert in the development of mathematical methods that are used in simulations of products and processes in industry. He has been working for many years in various functions on advancing mathematics as a key technology and emphasizing its importance for industry and society. Currently, he is President of the European Network of Applied Mathematics, EU-MATHS-IN, as well as a board member of the “International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)“. He frequently works with companies such as Shell, Bosch and Siemens.

During his guest professorship, Wil will be a guest at the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Wil Schilders combines science and industry in an excellent way, as a full professor at the TU Eindhoven and for many years in leading positions in industrial research. He has impressively shown that progress in mathematics is often driven by external impulses, such as unsolved problems in industry, for example, which require the development of new mathematical tools and concepts in order to be solved, thus opening up new areas of research.

During his guest professorship, Wil will give insights into his work in various events, including outreach activities in downtown Wuppertal at different locations like a school, a church and the city hall, with lectures on “The mathematics behind artificial intelligence“, “The vital importance of modern mathematics for society and economy” and “Sudoku: A beautiful pastime, with many mathematical challenges“. For master and PhD students, as well as scientific staff, he will deliver a series of lectures on “Mimetic numerical methods, including preservation and port-Hamiltonian systems”. Joint publications are planned with colleagues at IMACM, the Institute of Mathematical Modeling, Analysis and Computational Mathematics.

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Michael Günther

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