Four new appointments in October

the newly appointed professors
Professors Bastian Pfleging, Marcus Wiens, Guido Meinhold, and Andreas Richter are now filling the professorships for Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Systems; General business administration, innovation management; Exogenous Geology, as well as for modeling thermo-chemical conversion processes.

Assistant Professor rer. nat. Bastian Pfleging is moving from the Technical University of Eindhoven to TU Bergakademie Freiberg. There he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Design since 2018 and mainly dealt with research questions in the field of human-computer interaction. His special focus was on the development of user interfaces for vehicles in the transition to automated driving. The computer scientist will bring his research expertise to the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. "Above all, I would like to advance research in the field of ubiquitous, intelligent, and automated systems and make interaction with such systems user-centered." The 38-year-old succeeds Prof. Dr. Konrad Froitzheim.

Economic risk and innovation management

PD Dr. rer. pol. Marcus Wiens will research and teach as a holder of the professorship for general business administration, in particular, innovation and risk management at the Faculty of Economics. He did his doctorate at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and moved to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2013 where he worked as a post-doc and head of the “Risk Management” research group at the Institute for Industrial Management and Industrial Production. In June of this year, he completed his habilitation in business administration. His main research interests are in the areas of risk and crisis management, supply chain management, and critical infrastructures and networks. As an economist, Marcus Wiens also uses game theory methods and experimental economic research in risk and innovation research. The idea of cooperation and coordination plays a central role for him: “The most important risks of today can only be understood and resolved in a cross-system and interdisciplinary manner. Completely new forms of cooperation, such as public-private partnerships in disaster risk reduction, promise high innovation potential and synergies."

Paleogeographical and paleoclimatic evolution of the earth

PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Guido Meinhold takes over as successor to Prof. Dr. Christoph Breitkreutz holds the professorship for Exogenous Geology / Sedimentology at the Faculty of Geosciences, Geotechnics, and Mining. After holding positions at the universities of Jena, Mainz, Cambridge, and Göttingen, the qualified geologist was most recently a lecturer in geosciences at the University of Keele near Newcastle-under-Lyme. He is primarily concerned with aspects of paleogeographical and geodynamic development on earth, environmental changes on the threshold of animal life, methods and instruments of sedimentary origin analysis as well as research into the exploration of natural resources. To do this, he has already traveled to different parts of the world. His study and field areas include North and Northeast Africa (Ethiopia, Libya), the Middle East (Iran, Saudi Arabia), the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey), North India (Jammu and Kashmir), Central Europe (Austria, Germany) and areas in Norway and Sweden). “With the help of a multidisciplinary approach, including innovative analytical research methods and the deepening of national and international cooperation with university and non-university research institutions, it will be possible to generate new information about the development of the earth's history from the sedimentary sequences and thus make an important contribution to understanding the system To accomplish earth. I will actively contribute this approach to geoscientific research and teaching in Freiberg”.

Modeling and optimization of new, sustainable conversion processes

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Richter is taking over from Prof. Dr. Christian Hasse at the Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The mechanical engineer with a doctorate and habilitation in process engineering has headed the CFD modeling (Computational Fluid Dynamics) department of high-temperature processes at the Professorship for Energy Process Engineering at Freiberg University since 2013. In 2014 he co-founded DBI-Virtuhcon GmbH, an affiliated institute of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. He is also involved as a group leader in the field of process modeling and optimization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems in Halle. "The development of new, sustainable technologies, the computer-aided optimization of technical processes or the model-based evaluation of experiments - in each of these areas, modeling is an indispensable tool to significantly accelerate development and work steps and to create new concepts on the computer, that is, to try out virtually ”, says the newly appointed.