RUB Bauwesen CompEng

Continuing the tradition of almost 10 years, this summer three Vietnamese students visited the Ruhr-University Bochum for a four months’ stay to write their master’s thesis. Since establishing CompEng@VGU as a sister course at the Vietnamese-German University, Ruhr-University Bochum is the destination for VGU students for either a stay of several month or a one-week summer respectively winter school. During their stay in Germany the students not only get to know their course of study from a new side and gain a direct connection to the sister course at the Ruhr-University Bochum as well as direct contact to the Professors and young researchers in their field of study, but they also get the chance to learn more about German life and culture.

This year’s exchange students, Phong Tan Tran, Phuong Duc Tran and Chau Minh Vu, are under the supervision of three chairs, two from RUB, Chair for Statics & Dynamics and Chair for Mechanics - Material Theory, as well as from Bochum University Applied Sciences, the Department of Construction and Environmental Engineering. (Mr Phong Tan Tran works on "Application of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics” under the supervision of Prof. Baitsch, Mr Chau Minh Vu works on "Numerical Investigation of an Artificial Neural Network Based Identification of Nonlinear Material Parameters" under the supervision of Dr. Hoppe, and Mr Phuong Duc Tran works on "Application of Finite Cell Method in Solid Mechanics Problem” under the supervision of Prof. Meschke.)

Apart from the academic support the CompEng Coordination Team is a 24/7 contact in all situations and helps finding a balance between studying and finding time to enjoy the cultural heritage of Germany. Hence, the Coordination Team was very pleased to welcome the three VGU’s on board for the annual CompEng Excursion, which this year lead to Berlin.

How such periods abroad can be the kick off for an international researcher’s career can be seen in the fact, that Mr Vu Minh Chau has been invited to the "DCMS Materials 4.0 – Summer School" at TU Dresden. On top, Mr Chau has been selected for a travel and participation grant which only 10 selected participants receive. He should be really proud of himself.

We wish all three candidates good luck for the final phase of their master’s thesis!

Our special thanks go out to the DAAD who made this exchange possible through its financial support, as they have in past years.



Sarah Jordan, Student Assistant