Career at CATSCopyright: Vitalij Albert
A career at CATS takes many forms!
Our focus lies clearly on scientific activities – our research in modeling, simulation and optimization of technical systems covers the whole range from theoretical method development to industrial applications. A degree in computational engineering science, mechanical engineering, mathematics, or physics is the best foundation to start working on these topics.
The personal development of our employees is just as important to us as their professional skills. Therefore, project management, teaching, and conference presentations as well as the participation in soft-skills workshops is strongly encouraged and supported. Given the international nature of our work, contacts to foreign research partners and participation in scientific conferences all over the world are explicitly fostered. At the same time, a collaborative and appreciative working environment is natural for us.
Furthermore, apprenticeships are very important to us: we have been training future office administrators, IT specialists and mathematical-technical software developers (MATSE) successfully for years now. Our research in computational engineering science demands individual and high-quality IT solutions on a regular basis, which result in very interesting and challenging tasks for our apprentices.
After gaining experience in industry, I pursued my doctorate at CATS from 2005 to 2011. Immediately afterwards, I applied for a professorship at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, where, to this day, I hold a tenured position in the study area of Biomedical Engineering. Amongst other tasks, I give lectures in fluid mechanics and CFD courses. The time at CATS was a very busy one, but likewise an amazing experience, during which I learned a lot: Not only how to work scientifically, but also how to lead a team of students and to communicate with engineers and medical doctors. Additionally, I was very involved in teaching, which made me realize how much I enjoy passing on knowledge. Overall, the time at CATS was a perfect preparation for my current job and teaching position.
Prof. Mehdi Behbahani