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Researchers of Strength of Materials introduce themselves

Thomas Hochrainer

Mechanics of materials lies at the cross roads of mechanical engineering, materials science, and applied mathematics. In reversed order these disciplines reflect my education and professional career and I deeply enjoy collaborative research with diversely educated scientists from all over the world. I feel most privileged to be a full professor of mechanics of materials. This gives me the opportunity to pursue the research that intrigues me and to teach the subject I enjoy so much. I try to convey the importance and elegance of mechanics of materials to our students, who constantly challenge my understanding and improve my teaching of the subject. Permanent interaction with highly motivated young people is maybe the highest privilege of my position.

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Manfred Ulz

Since I worked on my diploma thesis at a fundamental research institute in Australia, I was struck by the way of working at a university and I knew that I wanted to stay in the academic field. At that time, I had the opportunity to work as a university assistant at the Institute of Strength of Materials, TUG to write my doctoral thesis. Since that time, I enjoy coming to work and am still enthusiastic about the mix of research and teaching.

In teaching, it is important to me that prospective engineers notice the importance of mechanics for their training and their future professional life. As a result, I greatly value students who strive to do their best. My motivation is a mutual respectful approach, which also includes taking time for teaching.

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Alireza Jafarinia

I am a holder of master’s degree in “Mechanical Engineering” from Yazd University in Iran. Throughout my academic career and after that, I have always done my best to accomplish innovative solutions to make a meaningful contribution to crucial issues in my field of experties. Completing my graduate studies successfully and effectively, I have decided to follow my passion to be involved in an interdisciplinary research. My motivations to work with the international teams at Graz University of Technology prompted me to pursue my PhD at IFL in the lead project “Mechanics, Modelling and Simulation of Aortic Dissection”. I believed that this is the best opportunity to achieve my goals in cooperation with our enthusiastic team in the lead project.

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Tristan Seidlhofer

In my PhD I am focusing on continuum mechanics. This subject is very interesting but it turns out to be very difficult to keep track of things, especially if things get nonlinear. It seems like nonlinearity is a word for infinite possibilities. At the institute I have always the possibility to ask my supervisor Prof. Ulz, if some questions pop up. This is very helpful especially when it comes to decisions if it is important to start a fundamental investigations or just use existing solutions. It motivates me if I know that there is always a general interest in my research. In my research I am combining theory, modelling techniques and numerics and this sometimes results in creative solutions which I am proud of. The daily work life is mostly challenging and I think I gain a lot of experience for further projects.

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Benedikt Weger

After writing my bachelor‘s thesis (stress distribution near crack tips) and master‘s thesis (damage mechanics with finite elements) at the institute of strength of materials, starting my Phd was the next step in diving deeper into the fascinating world of continuum mechanics.

As a teacher, I like spreading knowledge and information among my students. More important, I enjoy seeing that my fascination with mechanics can be contagious every now and then.

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Satyapriya Gupta

I with my research aims to address the question, “how material modeling can be instrumental in providing accurate solutions to the challenges related to optimum product design as well as how simulations can be helpful in making informed decisions of the material processing routes and parameters depending on the chosen metal or alloy system?". In my opinion, experimentally informed material modeling is an extremely valuable tool for the better understanding of deformation behavior of different materials. My past research experience and expertise has been an excellent combination of material modeling and experimental mechanics which helps me to connect the dots between experiments and simulations. For me, the opportunity to teach, continuous interaction with students and freedom to work on your research interests are primary reasons for seeking an academic career. I strongly believe in collaborative research and I am always on the lookout for exciting opportunities to collaborate in the field of mechanics of material, particularly mesoscopic material modeling. 

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Kevin Ayrton Pendl

Since learning (and teaching) has always been a matter close to my heart, I actually started thinking about a doctorate very early on during my studies. I am very happy that this thought finally became reality due to some "lucky" coincidences.
At the Institute for Strength of Materials, I am offered the appropriate platform to focus on a challenging topic through my research very freely, yet under first-class supervision, and to accomplish something new in the associated field. In addition, I can acquire and deepen further diverse hard and soft skills by supervising courses and the associated activity as a lecturer. Every working day can be made exciting and versatile through a balanced mix of these activities.

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