• 10/25/2013

Further boost to TUM’s international profile

TUM receives Humboldt Professorship for top MIT researcher

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to mathematician Prof. Andreas S. Schulz to carry out research at Technische Universität München (TUM). Schulz, who is based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is one of the world’s leading experts in operations research. His appointment provides a spring-board for the establishment of an interdisciplinary research center uniting mathematics and business management at TUM. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is Germany’s best endowed international research award.

Prof Andreas S. Schulz
Prof Andreas S. Schulz develops models which support complex decision-making. (Photo: Ulrich Dahl / TU Berlin)

Prof. Andreas S. Schulz (44) is a leading light in operations research. The aim of this interdisciplinary field of study is to develop quantitative models and processes to support complex economic, technical and social decision-making. Schulz focuses on discrete optimization, a specialist area of applied mathematics dedicated to the development of mathematical algorithms to determine the best possible solution from an often exponentially large number of possible solutions. Alongside his pioneering theoretical work on fundamental concepts, Schulz has also developed solutions for real-life applications in areas like production planning, telecommunication networks and traffic flow routing.

TUM will appoint Prof. Schulz to a joint professorship at the TUM School of Management and the Faculty of Mathematics. From this faculty-spanning position he will set up the TUM Center for Operations Research.

Appointed to MIT at the age of 29

Andreas S. Schulz has been carrying out research at MIT’s Operations Research Center and Sloan School of Management since 1998. Prior to that he was a research associate with the Department of Mathematics at Technische Universität Berlin, where he also did his doctorate. Visiting professorship nominees include the University of British Columbia, the University of Maastricht and ETH Zurich. Schulz has received a number of awards, most recently a Humboldt research award, which gave him his first experience of research at TUM in 2011.

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is valued at EUR 3.5 million over a period of five years. The Foundation’s aim in awarding the prize is to attract world-leading researchers to Germany. In 2008, bioinformatics expert Prof. Burkhard Rost (Columbia University New York) became a Humboldt Professor at TUM, followed in 2010 by communications engineer Prof. Gerhard Kramer (University of Southern California), and by the information system researcher Prof. Hans-Arno Jacobsen (University of Toronto) and diabetes expert Prof. Matthias Tschöp (University of Cincinnati) in 2011. TUM’s strategy is firmly committed to diversifying the international profile of its professorial staff.

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