Former Director of TUM-IAS

Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank

Director of TUM-IAS (2015-2020)

Email ernst.rank(at)


Professional Address:
Technische Universität München
Institute for Advanced Study
Lichtenbergstraße 2 a
85748 Garching Germany




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

Professional Experience

2015-2020 Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study
Since 2007 Chairman of the University Council of TU Dortmund University
2006-2016 Founding Director of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE, TUM)
Since 1997 Professor, Chair for Computation in Engineering, TUM
2008-2013 Founding Director of the TUM Graduate School
2002-2008 First Vice President of TUM
1990-1997 Professor, Numerical Methods and Information Science in Civil Engineering, Dortmund University
1986-1990 Senior scientist at SIEMENS
1985-1986 DAAD fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Awards / Honours

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


please see Chair for Computation in Engineering

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