Tandem.MINT – Tandem Language Learning for students of Natural Sciences & Engineering

The Tandem.MINT program offers you to practice a foreign language with a native speaker – in return, you support your tandem partner in learning your native language. As a student of so-called MINT or STEM disciplines (Natural Sciences and Engineering), you are able to learn a language within an academic context, which allows you to test and train your language skills with a focus on specific academic fields. As well as improving your language skills, learning and applying technical terminology, the program promotes cultural and social exchange. It is up to you and your tandem partner to create a learning environment in which you are free to choose which skills you would like to improve and what you would like to focus on. Your learning process depends therefore on your personal aims and capabilities.

Tandem.MINT starts in the upcoming summer semester 2018 as a pilot project. All MINT-students can apply for this program until the 15th March 2018.

It is required to have the proficiency in the target language of at least level B1 (CEFR); for typologically distant languages (e.g. Chinese, Russian or Arabic level A2). German or English needs to be either the native language or the target language.

After the registration is closed, we will try to find a matching tandem partner for you. Based on regular participation throughout one semester, you will obtain a participation certificate.

More information and the registration form can be found here .

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (ELLI project - Excellent Teaching and Learning in Engineering Sciences).


"Berlin, Berlin, we're off to Berlin"


“Berlin is a huge city but a very beautiful one. Historical but at the same time modern.” (Abdulkader Sultan) On Thursday, the 28th of June we started this year’s CompEng trip to Berlin at Bochum main station. Also on board were three exchange students from our partner programme at VGU in Vietnam who are currently in Germany to finish their Master's thesis. We dared to take on an experimental journey solely with regional trains and even though we changed trains three times, we managed to reach Berlin without any losses. Berlin as the German capital city offers a rich historical as well as an affluent cultural heritage.

The first agenda highlight was our visit to the BMW motorcycle factory on Friday. Our students were able to get an insight into the production and fabrication. During the informative tour through the factory, we were able to see the single item production system as well as the motor manufacturing. The usage of CNC milling machines was demonstrated. In small groups we experienced the different stages of production along the assembly line and the final quality control.

Saturday morning after breakfast, we took a walk to the German Technical Museum where we got a guided tour through the aviation department. With more than 40 aircraft, the exhibition focuses on 200 years of German aviation history from a technical and cultural point of view. We learned about the history of hot-air balloons, about Lilienthal’s daring flight experiments and the usage of aircrafts as weapons. After the tour, the students had enough time to explore the different exhibitions on the extensive grounds of the museum.

In the afternoon, it was time for our traditional city tour. We drove through Berlin by bus and got a comprehensive overview of the city’s broad history and development, learned about its architecture, culture and different districts. The dimension of the city became clear as one student stated: “I don't think 3 days are enough to visit the city, I am already planning to visit this amazing city again.” (Ankit Verma)

Our agenda allowed our students to use their free time to stroll through the city on their own. The cultural richness left no room for boredom since there is so much to experience. Hot spots like the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag or the Oberbaumbrücke were visited and explored. As the world cup is currently taking place, some of the students enjoyed the exciting atmosphere watching the public live TV broadcasts of the various games everywhere in the city.   

Our way back on Sunday was complicated due to train delays and cancellations but this couldn’t bend the mood. We reached Bochum Sunday afternoon tired but happy. We had a great time in Berlin and are already looking forward to our next trip!

A special shout out to the RUB Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences and FSVK, who considerably helped to realize this trip with their financial support.






The Highlight of this year's welcome week for the new CompEng students has been a visit at the Bochumer Ruhrstadion to watch the match of Vfl Bochum against SV Sandhausen. It has been a very thrilling and nerve-racking game. VfL Bochum had lost the previous game because of an own goal and fired it's coach during the week ahead. Hence, nobody knew what to expect before the match.  

As we entered our seats the new students instantly started, together with the rest of the stadium, to cheer the team on. Luckily, we all had two good reasons to keep on cheering because Bochum scored after 12 minutes for the first time (1:0 Hinterseer) and then tied the knot during the second half-time (2:0 Stöger).  

Thanks to everybody for joining and we really hope that you enjoyed it.


The year 2017 is coming to an end, hence, it is time to celebrate the achievements of this year’s. Ruhr-University’s biggest lecture hall, the Audimax, served as the festive setting for this year’s Academic Year Celebration. Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Höffer, Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering lead through the ceremony and handed the degree certificates to the graduates. Selected students received prizes for special study achievements from the faculty, well-known industrial partners and organisations.

Altogether more than 30 CompEng students successfully graduated in the year 2017 and were rewarded for their efforts in the past few years. For some it was the last time they were in Bochum and that they saw their fellow students. For others it was just the beginning of their academic career at the Ruhr-University Bochum, as they will continue their research as PhD students. In the next semesters they will swap roles and stand in front of the students as teaching assistants instead of going to class every morning.

We say congratulations and thank you for being a part of the CompEng family. All the best for your future career and keep us and Bochum in good memory.


(LTR Coordinator Dipl.-Ing. Sven Zimmermann, M.Sc. Vladislav Gudzulic, M.Sc. Hojjat Mansourpour-Dehka, M.Sc. Lubna Makhool, M.Sc. Brynja Magnusdottir, General Coordinator Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Sahlmen, M.Sc. Sahir Butt)


This sommer term, CompEng has the honor to welcome PD Dr. Jürgen Geiser as an official lecturer for the master’s program. He is currently offering a block-course on “Computational Hydrodynamics” which is part of the CompEng curriculum of optional courses. The class contemplates modelling of hydrodynamics e.g. fluid flow, heat flow and particle flow problems and, further, presents the numerical discretization and solver to simulate delicate modelling problems.

Based on his research projects in the field of plasma- and material simulations, PD Dr. Jürgen Geiser has been in contact with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum since 2006. He obtained his habilitation and venia legendi in the field of computational engineering in 2012/2013 at Ruhr-University Bochum. Since then, he has been holding regular block courses on the topic of “Multiscale Models for Effective Simulations of Hydro- and Electrodynamics”. For his innovative “Inverted Classroom”-concept, PD Dr. Jürgen Geiser was awarded with the eLearning award in 2016.

His interdisciplinary education reaches from being a mathematician at University of Stuttgart to finishing his doctoral studies at University of Heidelberg in the field of scientific computing. In the following years, he started his post-doc positions at the Weierstrass Institute and Humboldt University of Berlin, where he analysed and simulated thin film deposition processes. Later, he obtained a research position at University of Greifswald in the field of plasma dynamics and simulations of multiscale and multicomponent problems.

In 2015 and 2016, he received a visiting professor position at the Centrale Supelec, Chatenay-Malabry, France, in the field of numerical analysis. This year, he received a short-term reader position at the Imperial College London in the field of numerical analysis and simulations of particle transport and collision problems.


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


What do you do in your leisure?

I relax with my family and enjoy long jogging, hiking and cycling tours.

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 simulating fluid dynamical problems, which are important for understanding flows e.g., fluid flows, heat/energy flows, particle flows. Based on the modelling-equations, e.g. Advection-Diffusion, Burgers, Navier-Stokes equations, it is important to study the numerical methods such as finite difference, finite volume and solver methods. Theoretical approaches and practical implementations in software-packages, in forms of MATLAB, will be brought together and will be simulating different models. Advanced methods and models will be discussed, so that we reach the state of the art.

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

Ever since, I have been doing research in the field of computational sciences, I was always working in mixed groups. Nowadays, it is most important to obtain good results and to do a good job. This has to be seen independent from a gender perspective. This working ethic should be maintained in all faculties.

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

“That will be a great day, let's go on with the next steps.”

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I see my future in an interdisciplinary faculty, where I could use my knowledge in mathematics and engineering. I like to combine theoretical and practical aspects (computer simulations and laboratory experiments) and work with students and scientists from all over the world. I also see an important aspect in combing new learning field, e.g. eLearning, and new research fields, e.g., inter- and multidisciplinary research, in our lectures to educate our students with state of the art methods. Therefore, I am looking for long-term opportunities in academia, to extend my research activities and to combine it with student training.

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

I would like to have a cup of coffee with visionary personalities. When it comes to people who are still alive, I’d like to meet Bill Gates, Arndt Kirchhoff, Hasso Plattner or Gilbert Strang. When it comes to people who unfortunately already passed away, I’d like to meet Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, Erwin Schrödinger or Carl Friedrich von Weizäcker. It would be interesting to hear about their opinions and how they would foresee the next steps in our life. I am very impressed by these personalities and the thought how these people could change our daily life and in how far their ideas would have an impact on our future. I would be interested to hear what our next important steps in our life would be, e.g. with respect to the research or teaching? Which benefits, drawbacks and challenges our future would have? At least, why could they be so successful? Did they have a specific recipe and could they see the next steps for our future challenges clearly?