Staff of TUM-IAS

Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank

Director of TUM-IAS
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Professional Address:
Technische Universität München
Institute for Advanced Study
Lichtenbergstraße 2 a
85748 Garching Germany
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Present Position:
Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study


1974-1980 Studies of Mathematics and Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1985Doctoral degree from the Faculty for Civil Engineering and Geodesy, TUM

Professional Experience

Since 2015Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study
Since 2007Chairman of the University Council of TU Dortmund University
2006-2016 Founding Director of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE, TUM)
Since 1997Professor, Chair for Computation in Engineering, TUM
2008-2013Founding Director of the TUM Graduate School
2002-2008 First Vice President of TUM
1990-1997Professor, Numerical Methods and Information Science in Civil Engineering, Dortmund University
1986-1990Senior scientist at SIEMENS
1985-1986 DAAD fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Awards / Honours

2014Corresponding member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences
2009Konrad Zuse Medal
2009 Federal Cross of Merit
2006 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of TUM

Scientific Interests

  • Numerical mechanics, high order finite element methods
  • Non-standard embedded domain methods
  • Computational Engineering including simulation for biomechanics and novel manufacturing processes
  • Integration of engineering design and numerical analysis
  • Multi-scale infrastructure and environmental simulation
  • Building informatics