RUB Bauwesen CompEng


This winter term, CompEng has the honor to welcome Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sulamith Frerich as an official lecturer for the master’s program. She is currently offering a course on “Porous Materials” which is part of the CompEng curriculum of optional compulsory courses for third semester students. The class contemplates different approaches on characterization and mathematical description of porous media in all physical conditions.

During her academic career, Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frerich stayed true to her roots at Ruhr-University Bochum. She completed her studies of Environmental Engineering and Resources Management as a graduate engineer with a focus on sustainable process and environmental technology. In 2011, Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frerich successfully finished her doctoral studies and published her dissertation on the topic of “Foaming and Powderization of Selected Biopolymers”. In the following year, she started her post-doc position within the department of Mechanical Engineering at the chair of Particle Technology. Besides her strong commitment for the Ruhr-University Bochum, Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frerich was a scholarship holder of the DAAD and continued her post-doc at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2013. Since the summer of 2013, Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frerich holds the position as a junior professor at Ruhr-University Bochum. Her working group for the “Virtualization of Process Technology” is assigned to the interface between experimental techniques, simulations and modelling. Further, she took on a deputy professorship at the Technical University of Dortmund between April 2016 and March 2017.

Read on for a short interview, which gives you an idea of the person behind these impressive achievements, titles and career positions.


1. What do you do in your leisure?

I relax with my family or seek out dance lessons.


2. Can you describe your course for the next semester? What will the students learn and in how far does it fit into the context of “Computational Engineering”?

We are working on describing and characterizing porous materials with regard to heat and mass transfer and their properties. Theoretical approaches and industrial applications will be brought together, and it will be interesting to see how different models of computation are affecting the knowledge that is state of the art.


 3. Do you think that the academic field of engineering is still a male-dominated sphere?

Well, I definitely know more men than women in this field. However, there have always been women who completed great achievements, and I think it is necessary to shed light on those contributions as well as on actual performances to motivate future female successors.


 4. What is your first thought when you get up in the morning?

“Let’s see what can be done today.”


 5. Where do you see yourself in the future?

I really want to pursue my research with all efforts and work together with scientists from all over the world. It would be great to combine these aims with my activity in teaching, since education is also very important to me. Therefore, I am looking for long-term opportunities in academia, to extend my research activities and to combine it with student training.


 6. If you could drink a cup of coffee with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I’d rather prefer tea, but it would be great to share it with Queen Elisabeth II. It would be interesting to hear about her opinions in looking back on her life: What was helpful in managing all her different tasks? Which drawbacks did she face (if she would dare to tell me about them)? And what has been the greatest achievement in her life? Since she could be my grandma, it would be great to learn about her perspective of things.