Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Marienberg Girls' Grammar School for Modern Languages, Neuss, Germany

  • 1976 – 1983
    Studied mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1983
    Diplom degree with a minor in operations research

  • 1983 – 1989
    Research assistant at DESY (German Electron Synchotron) in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1989
    Dissertation defence in the Department of Mathematics, Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1990 – 1995
    Lecturer at Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1995 – 1997
    Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), adjunct lecturer at Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1997
    Senior lecturer at Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1997
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) for the fields of "theoretical electrical engineering" and "scientific computing" in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Darmstadt University of Technology

  • Since 1997
    University professor (chair in electromagnetic field theory) at the University of Rostock, Germany

Selected publications

  • van Rienen, U. (2012). Numerical methods in computational electrodynamics: linear systems in practical applications (Vol. 12). Springer Science & Business Media.

  • Farooqi, A. R., Zimmermann, J., Bader, R., & van Rienen, U. (2019). Numerical Simulation of Electroactive Hydrogels for Cartilage–Tissue Engineering. Materials, 12(18), 2913.

  • Truong, D., Bahls, C. R., Nebe, B., & van Rienen, U. (2018). Simulation of actin distribution of osteoblasts on titanium pillar arrays using a bio‐chemo‐mechanical model. International journal for numerical methods in biomedical engineering, 34(8), e3097.

  • Shemelin, V., Zadeh, S. G., Heller, J., & van Rienen, U. (2016). Systematical study on superconducting radio frequency elliptic cavity shapes applicable to future high energy accelerators and energy recovery linacs. Physical Review Accelerators and Beams, 19(10), 102002.

  • Flisgen, T., Glock, H. W., & van Rienen, U. (2013). Compact time-domain models of complex RF structures based on the real eigenmodes of segments. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 61(6), 2282-2294.

  • Schmidt, C., & van Rienen, U. (2012). Modeling the field distribution in deep brain stimulation: the influence of anisotropy of brain tissue. IEEE Transactions on biomedical engineering, 59(6), 1583-1592.

  • Schmidt, C., Grant, P., Lowery, M., & van Rienen, U. (2012). Influence of uncertainties in the material properties of brain tissue on the probabilistic volume of tissue activated. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60(5), 1378-1387.

  • Appali, R., van Rienen, U., & Heimburg, T. (2012). A comparison of the Hodgkin–Huxley model and the soliton theory for the action potential in nerves. In Advances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes (Vol. 16, pp. 275-299). Academic Press.

  • Gongadze, E., Kabaso, D., Bauer, S., Slivnik, T., Schmuki, P., van Rienen, U., & Iglič, A. (2011). Adhesion of osteoblasts to a nanorough titanium implant surface. International journal of nanomedicine, 6, 1801.

  • Gongadze, E., van Rienen, U., Kralj-Iglič, V., & Iglič, A. (2011). Langevin Poisson-Boltzmann equation: Point-like ions and water dipoles near a charged surface. General physiology and biophysics, 30(2), 130.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1270 Electrically Active Implants – ELAINE (spokesperson)

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Joint Project 05H2018 – (STenCiL): Beam impedance calculation for CERN large-scale equipment

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Memberships in scientific committees:

  • “Memberships in scientific committees”

  • Advisory Board of the Kompetenzzentrum Technik – Diversity – Chancengleichheit e.V. (non-profit organisation, Competence Center Technology – Diversity – Equal Opportunities), since 2010

  • Executive Board of the Department Life, Light & Matter, Interdisciplinary Faculty, University of Rostock, 2013 – 2019

  • Standing Commission for Research and Junior Scientific Staff of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK); in 11/2016 this commission was joined with the Standing Commission for European Research Policy, now being named Standing Commission for Research in Germany and Europe (including Research Infrastructures), 2009 – 2018

  • Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria, 2014 – 2017

  • Review Board Electrical Engineering as well as Interdisciplinary Section Medical Engineering of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008 – 2015

  • European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Panel PE 7 subset B, 2011, 2013, 2015

  • Zentrumsrat Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels (Council of the Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change), 2009 – 2012

  • Advisory Board Scientific Computing of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, 2006 – 2011

  • Panel of Experts, The G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding, Interdisciplinary Program on Application Software towards Exascale Computing for Global Scale Issues, 2010

  • Evaluation Group on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology for the Research Rating of The German Council of Science and Humanities (WR), 2009 – 2010

    Commission on IT Infrastructure of the German Research Foundation (DFG),

    2000 – 2006


  • Vice-rector for research and research training, 2009 – 2013

  • Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 2004 – 2006

Additional qualifications

  • 2014 – 2015 Mentorship in the Helmholtz-Mentoring-Program “In Führung gehen” (“To gain the lead”)

  • 2011 – 2014 Co-Editor of Advances in Radio Science for B: Fields and Waves

  • since 2009 Role Model in the VDI-project MINTalente (Talents in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural science and technology)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, two children


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