The SIAM Student Chapter at University of Heidelberg held the SIAM symposium “University meets Industry – First hand experience” on May 15, 2014. The Symposium featured talks given by Dr. Josef R. Wuensch, Senior Vice President for Formulation, Mathematics, Modelling & Technology Incubation at BASF SE and Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Hans Georg Bock, managing director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR).
Guest speaker Wuensch explained, by means of several industrial problems, areas in which mathematics is applied at BASF. Due to the complex nature of certain unique problems, BASF tackles such topics in cooperation with research facilities. He showed interesting examples that illustrated the success of such cooperations and identified pitfalls.
Professor Bock gave insight into the topic and explained the advantages and disadvantages of such cooperation with a research facility from the perspective of the university.
Afterward, the audience was invited to join the chapter board and the speakers for a reception with food and beverages and some fruitful discussion. Both speakers stayed longer than planned to answer many students’ questions and also to discuss some joint, future projects.
The new members of the executive board were glad that their first self-planned event ran so smoothly. Felix Lenders, who chaired the symposium, was very happy in the end: “I hadn’t expected such a big audience. I’m glad that there was enough food!”