To Google with a maths degree from Freiberg

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First part of a new, intermittent series on studying at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Today: How Helge Bahmann joined Google.

This report is the first in the series "Graduates recommend studying at Freiberg". Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing some graduates from all of Freiberg's six faculties who obtained their degrees here before going on to find interesting jobs. Photos always provided on request.

Helge Bahmann gained his PhD in Computer Science at Freiberg. He now works as a software developer for Google in Zurich. He studied Applied Mathematics at the TU Freiberg, which equipped him well for his future career.

Helge Bahmann works for Google in Zurich as a Senior Software Engineer, with a particular focus on knowledge-based systems (KBS). His main responsibilities include the mathematical modelling of problems, designing algorithms and implementing them in a form that is feasible for a Google-sized database. "My work is all about improving the search engine by improving its understanding, and above all its understanding of texts," Helge Bahmann explains the method's statistical approach.

Helge Bahmann studied Applied Mathematics at Freiberg from 1997 to 2002, then gained his PhD at Freiberg's Institute of Computer Science. "The sound mathematics course also covered computer sciences, which turned out to be the perfect combination as it gives you a rare profile that is very much in demand. The technology-side of connecting the halls of residence on campus to the network was carried out and driven mainly by students; that was a great opportunity for some hands-on experience whilst still at university," Bahmann recalls his time at Freiberg.

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is the only university in Saxony and one of the few in Germany that still offers mathematics as a degree course. The mathematics course here is based on a very practical approach. Students taking the Applied Mathematics course can choose operations research, modelling, computational mathematics, or mathematical methods in computer science as their specialisms.

Interested students can apply so start this course in the 2015 summer semester from now onwards until the end of March either in the admissions office or online.

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