Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2021
    Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation

  • 2008 – 2020
    Rector of TU Dortmund University

  • 2001 – 2002
    Visiting Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

  • 1994
    Visiting Professor at the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

  • 1990 – 1991
    Visiting Professor at Yale University, New Haven, USA

  • 1986
    Professor of mathematical statistics and industrial applications, Faculty of Statistics, TU Dortmund University, Germany

  • 1985
    Visiting Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Iowa, USA

  • 1979
    doctoral degree (PhD) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany (summa cum laude)

  • 1976
    Research assistant at the Institute of Statistics and Business Mathematics, RWTH Aachen University

  • 1976
    Diplom degree in mathematics at RWTH Aachen University, Germany (with distinction)

  • 1971
    Abitur (A-levels)

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Supporting young academics: 30 dissertations and 6 Habilitations (postdoctoral qualification) theses, of which five have themselves received a professorships

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate of “Leopoldina” – the National Academy of Germany, since 2016

  • Chair oft he board of trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, since 2013

  • Member of the German Federal Government's High Tech Forum, 2014-2017

  • Chair of the state rectors' conference of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, 2010-2015

  • Elected to the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), 2010; member of the executive board, since 2014

  • Elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) council, 2007-2011

  • Member of a review panel for the National Science Foundation, USA, 2007

  • Member of the senate of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), 2005-2012

  • Elected member of the mathematics review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004-2012; chairperson 2008-2012

  • Speaker for the Collaborative Research Centre SFP 475, 1997-2009

  • Member of the scientific-technical committee of the executive committee of the Jülich Research Centre, 1996 – 2002


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