RUB Bauwesen CompEng


First Fast-Track student: B.Sc. Sahir Butt

Since the winter semester of 2000, the Faculty of Civil and Engineering has been offering the Master’s program Computational Engineering. Since then it has brought about some of the best graduates the RUB has ever seen. One of them will be Sahir Butt, a B.Sc. graduate in Automotive and Marine Engineering from the NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan, who started the RUB Master’s program in October 2014.

As a cooperation between the CompEng Master’s course and the Collaborative Research Center 837 „Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling“ (SFB 837) a Fast Track scholarship program was introduced for extraordinarily qualified candidates in the winter semester of 2015/16. With a GPA of about 0.9 Sahir Butt surely is one of them. The Fast Track program is conceived so as to give students the chance to obtain a Master’s and a PhD degree at the same time, while working at one of the SFB’s sub projects as a research assistant.

Currently the scholarship holder is integrated in subproject C4 under the leadership of Prof. Meschke. The goal is to develop numerical models to investigate the interactions between the cutting tool of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) and the ground. Just recently, Sahir has been doing research in the area of brittle fracture and fragmentation modeling, which is a scenario faced by TBMs when excavating in hard rocks. He is using a relatively new continuum model known as Peridynamics to model this problem.