
He did his PhD as an employee of the DFG sponsored Transferbereich 26 at the University of Tübingen with topic “Numerical simulation of inductive heating in car manufacturing'' from October 2000 through October 2003. In his thesis “Boundary Element Methods for Inductive Hardening” he studied and implemented the symmetric coupling of boundary elements and finite elements for the linear eddy current boundary value problem. After his PhD graduation Dr. Ostrowski joined ABB Corporate Research, Baden, Dättwil, Switzerland, where he is still employed. Joint publications:


Vasile Gradinau joined the Sonderforschungsbereich 382 “Computational Physics” at the University of Tübingen in 1998 as a member of the Nachwuchsgruppe (team of young researchers) about “Discrete differential forms and computation of electromagnetic fields”. He finished his thesis on “Whitney elements on sparse grids'' in July 2002, in which he constructed and analyzes sparse grid spaces of low order discrete differential forms. From 2002 to 2008 he was been employed as assistant professor at the University of Tübingen in the group of Christian Lubich. In 2008 he joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics of ETH Zurich as a senior researcher. Joint publications:


3. Dr. Tanja Bubeck She joined the Nachwuchsgruppe (team of young researchers) of SFB 382 “Computational Physics” at the University of Tübingen in the beginning of 1999. There she worked on combining Harry Yserentant's finite mass method with continuum field models. She finished her thesis on “The Finite Mass Method with Fields” in 2003. Joint publications:


4. Dr. Patrick Meury Patrick Meury sought exile at ETH Zürich in the beginning of 2003 after obtaining his diploma in mathematics at Basel. His worked in the framework of an SNF sponsored project on “Stable Boundary Element Galerkin Schemes for Direct Acoustic and Electromagnetic Scattering”. He investigated stabilized combined field boundary integral equations and their coupling with finite elements. He started the LehrFEM project of easytouse MATLAB templates for the implementation of (nonstandard) finite element schemes in 2D. In August 2007 he submitted his thesis on “Stable Finite Element Boundary Element Galerkin Schemes for Acoustic and Electromagnetic Scattering”. Right after his graduation he gave in to the lure of money and joined the Bank Sarasin in Basel. There he is employed in the risk office working on financial modelling. Really, he is still doing mathematics. Joint publications:


Kersten Schmidt joined the Seminar for Applied Mathemtics in 2002 and started his PhD project in 2003 in the framework of an ETH internal resaearch project on “High resolution numerical simulation of electromagnetic fields in thin conducting sheets”. Throughout his stint at the SAM he committed himself to the development of the object oriented finite element code CONCEPTS. Beside his PhD work he conducted research in various directions: he investigated hpFEM for the calculation of the band structure of photonic crystals and for the solution of electromagnetic field problems on complicated geometries (ABB sponsored research project). In summer 2008 he sucessfully defended his thesis on "Highorder Numerical Modelling of Highly Conducting Thin Sheets". After a short stint as PostDoc at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the Universität Bonn he did an SNF sponsored PostDoc at INRIA with P. Joly. Currently he is head of a junior research group at TU Berlin. Joint publications:


6. Dr. Marc Auer (Benedikt Zeller) Benedikt Zeller, who is an ETH graduate in mathematics, had already been working on the mathematical analysis of the spherically symmetric EinsteinDirac system, when he contacted Prof. R. Hiptmair in 2003 seeking advice on possible numerical approaches for the solution of this nonlinear system of PDEs. He got intrigued by the potential of numerical simulation and shifted the focus of his thesis project accordingly. He developed a charge conserving discretization and implemented it in a very efficient simulation code on ETH's linux cluster and achieved exicting new insights into qualitative properties of solutions of the spherically symmetric EinsteinDirac system. In October 2009 he defended his thesis on "The spherically symmetric EinsteinDirac system". For several years he worked as a grammer school teacher for mathematics and physics at the Gymnasium Liechtenstein and tried to imbue young people with his enthusiasm for science. After having failed (partly), he decided the join the HTW Chur as a lecturer for Technische Berufsmatura. Joint publications:


7. Dr. Gisela Phillips (formerly Widmer) Gisela Widmer joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics in 2004 after having graduated from the RW/CSE curriculum of ETH Zurich with a diploma thesis on Auxiliary Space Method for Edge Elements. Her PhD project on Sparse Finite Elements for Radiative Transfer arose from an industrial project on the simulation if circuit breakers. For her breakthrough algorithmic developments Gisela Widmer was awarded the 2nd BGCE Student Prize at the SIAM conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Miami, 2009. In September 2009 she defended her thesis on "Sparse finite elements for radiative transfer". Gisela Widmer had always wanted to work as a teacher and already in 2008 she started a parttime teacher's position at a Gymnasium. We hope that she can convey her enthusiasm for computational mathematics to many of her students. Joint publications:


Holger Heumann joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics of ETH Zürich in September 2006 after having graduated from the University of Heidelberg with a Diploma in Mathematics. In March 2011 he finished his PhD thesis on Eulerian and SemiLagrangian Methods for AdvectionDiffusion of Differential Forms. In September 2011 he started a postdoctoral position at the Laboratoire de recherche conventionne CEACNRS sur la Fusion Controlee in Nice, France. During his time at SAM Holger Heumann was the lead developer of the LehrFEM finite element MATLAB library from 2008. In 2009 he was awarded a fellowship by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and he spent two months there. Joint publications:


Andrea Moiola graduated with maximal score from the University of Pavia in 2008 and then started a PhD position at the Seminar for Applied Mathematics of ETH Zürich working on an SNF funded project on Plane Wave Discontinuous Galerkin Methods. He finished his thesis on Trefftz Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for TimeHarmonic Wave Propagation Problems in August 2011. At the same time he successfully applied for an SNF scholarship for a two year postdoctoral stay at the university of Reading hosted by Prof. S. ChandlerWilde. Joint publications:


10. Dr. Evelyne Knapp (formerly Huber) Evelyne Knapp graduated from ETH Zürich with a MSc in Computational Science and Engineering in 2006. She joined the company Helbing Technik, but quit after two years, in order to pursue science at the Institute of Computational Physics of ZHAW Wintherthur, where she worked on the numerical simulation of OLED devices in the group of Dr. Beat Ruhstaller. In December 2012 she defended her thesis on ``Numerical Methods for Comprehensive Characterization of Charge Transport in Organic LightEmitting Devices''. Currently she is still employed at ZHAW Wintherthur. 

Eivind Fonn graduated with a MS tech in Industrial Mathematics from NTNU Trondheim (Norway) and joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics (SAM) of ETH Zürich in 2009, where he was employed as a PhD student in the project "Sparse Tensor Approximation Methods for HighDimensional Transport Problems". In November 2013 he successfully defended his thesis on "Approximation in Space and Velocity for Kinetic Transport Equations". Currently Eivind Fonn is a research scientist at the department of Applied Mathematics of SINTEF Information and Communication Technology, working at the Simulation group headquartered in Trondheim. He works with wind flow simulations, with particular emphasis on the isogeometric modeling of complicated computational domains. E.~Fonn is a master of Rubik's cube and in his spare time he is developing statistical ranking systems. Joint publications:


12. Dr. Sahar Sargheini Actually, in a strict sense, Sahar was not my PhD student, because her principal supervisor was Prof. Christian Hafner from IFH, DITET, ETH Zurich. However, for several year Sahar had an office at SAM and I closely interacted with her. Therefore she is included in this list of my PhD students. Sahar Sargheini joined ETH in 2011 with an engineering degree from the University of Tehran, Iran. She worked in the ETH CHIRP project on "Shape Calculus in NanoOptics" and defended her thesis on "Shape sensitivity Analysis of Electromagnetic Scattering Problems" on Dec 1, 2015. Beside acquiring deep knowledge of mathmatics during her PhD project, Sahar also discovered her passion for sports, after I had persuaded her to try "SuperKondi". 

Dr. Alberto Paganini Alberto Paganini already did his MSc thesis at ETH Zürich on Impedance Boundary Conditions in Time Domain under my supervision. He joined the SAM as a PhD student in Spring 2011 on the project Shape Calculus in NanoOptics. In December 2015 he defended his thesis on Numerical Shape Optimization with Finite Elements. He is now postdoctoral researcher at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford. Joint publications:


13. Dr. Laura Scarabosio Laura Scarabosio graduated from Politecnico di Torino with a Master in Mathematical Engineering in 2011, and joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics as a doctoral student in March 2012, working on a project on Shape Calculus on NanoOptics. She did a thesis on Shape Uncertainty Quantification for Scattering Transmission Problems jointly supervised by Ralf Hiptmair and Christoph Schwab, which she defended successfully on May 20, 2016. In September 2016 she is going to start a postdoctoral position at TU München in the group of Barbara Wohlmuth. Joint publications:


14. Dr. Elke Spindler Elke Spindler graduated from ETH Zurich with a Master Degree in Mathematics in April 2012 and then started a PhD at the Seminar for Applied Mathematics in the context of an SNF funded project on "Wellconditioned Boundary Integral Formulations for Scattering". In 2015 she won the Best Student Presentation Award of the Waves'15 International Conference. She finished her thesis on Second Kind SingleTrace Boundary Integral Formulations for Scattering at Composite Objects in May 2016 and defended it successfully on June 23, 2016.
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15. Dr. Cecilia Pagliantini Cecilia Pagliantini graduated with a Master Degree in Mathematics in Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and after a stint at the Lost Alamos National Lab in the US, in 2012 joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematikcs (SAM) of ETH Zurich as a PhD student working on an SNF funded project about "Computational Magnetohydrodynamics with Discrete Differential Forms" under the supervision of Prof. R. Hiptmair and Prof. S. Mishra. In 2015 she spent three month at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a visiting researcher. In September 2016 she defended her PhD thesis on "Computational Magnetohydrodynamics with Discrete Differential Forms". Then she moved to EPFL to do a postdoc. In 2020 she started a position as tenuretrack assistant professor at TU Eindhoven, NL.Joint publications:


16. Dr. Raffael Casagrande Raffael Casagrande graduated from ETH Zürich with an MSc degree in CSE in 2013. He then joined the CTI funded project on "Highly Resolved Simulations of Power Devices", in which the ABB Corporate Research Center was also involved as industrial partner. In this project Raffael developed the C++ finite element library HyDi, which is already used as inhouse simulation code at ABB. It can handle hybrid nonmatching grids and discontinuous finite elements. Their use in the context of electromagnetic simulations was the main topic of Raffael's PhD thesis about Discontinuous finite element methods for eddy current simulation that he defended on Dec 21, 2016.Joint publications:


17. Dr. Pegah Souzangar Pegah Souzangar graduated with an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2009. After a short stint in industry she started a PhD at ETH Zurich in the project "Computational Nanooptics: shape calculus and inverse problems" under the supervision of Prof. Ch. Hafner and Prof. R. Hiptmair.In 2012 she completed and successfully defended her thesis on "Efficient numerical modeling of SNOM problems in nanooptics for nearfield simuations". She now works in the software industry. Joint publications:


18. Dr. Simon Pintarelli Simon Pintarelli graduated with an MSc in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) from ETH Zurich in 2013, with an MSc thesis on Local Multitrace Boundary Element Formulation for Diffusion Problems. He started a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. R. Hiptmair and in March 2018 submitted his thesis on Deterministic Numerical Methods for the Boltzmann Equation. Now he is employed with the Swiss HighPerformance Computing Center CSCS and takes care of codes for largescale scientific simulations.Joint publications:


19. Carolina UrzuaTorres Carolina UrzuaTorres joined the Seminar for Applied Mathematics of ETH Zürich in 2014 after graduating from Pontificia Universitad Catolica de Chile (PUC) with an MSc in Engineering Sciences. Under the supervision of Prof. Ralf Hiptmair she worked on an ETH funded project on "Scattering at Complex Screens" and she defended her thesis on Operator preconditioning for Galerkin boundary element methods on screens in the end of May 2018. After a short stint as a postdoctoral researcher at TU Graz she won a postdoctoral fellowship of Oxford University starting in the beginning of 2019. In 2020 she was hired by TU Delft, NL, as a tenuretrack assistant professor.Joint publications:


20. Dr. Taha Koltukluoglu Taha Koltukluoglu started his PhD in 2014 in the Medical Imaging group of Prof. Sebastian Kozerke and in 2017 switched to Prof. Ralf Hiptmair as thesis advisor. He defended his thesis on Data Assimilation in hemodynamics in February 2019.Joint publications:


21. Dr. Daniele Casati Daniele Casati started his PhD at the Seminar of Applied Mathematics of ETH Zürich in 2016 working on an SNFfunded project on Coupling of Finite Elements and Multiple Multipoles for Computational Electromagnetics. He defended his thesis in December 2019 and then worked the bank Credit Suisse in Zürich for couple of months before he returned to ETH Zürich as a postdoctoral researcher at IIS, DITET, ETHZ.Joint publications:


22. Dr. Roman Fuchs Roman Fuchs after graduating from the MSc CSE programme of ETH Zürich in 2012 joined the group of Professor Henrik Nordborg at the University of Applied Science in Rapperswil where he now has a permanent position as lecturer and scientific staff. Alongside his regular work he started a PhD at ETH Zürich in 2014 under the supervision of Prof.~R. Hiptmair. On December 16, 2020, he defended his thesis on "Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Electric Arcs". 

23. Dr. Erick Schulz Erick Schulz graduated with an MSc in Mathematics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and then joined SAM, ETH Zurich, as a PhD student in October 2018. He successfully defended his thesis on Boundary integral exterior calculus (BIEC) on August 31, 2022. After graduating Erick Schulz joined Plexim AG, Zürich, as a researcher and software developer.Joint publications:


24. Dr. Lorenzo Giacomel Lorenzo Giacomel graduated from the ETH MSc program in Computational Science and Engineering in the end of 2018 after he had done an MSc thesis project on "A Boundary Element Method on complex screens" under my supervision. He then joined CERN where he worked on a PhD project on Electron Cloud Buildup Simulations in 3D RF Structures with Dr. Giovanni Iadarola as advisor. He defended his thesis in August 2023. Currently he works as a postdoctoral researcher at CERN.Joint publications:
