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Computational Engineering M.Sc., Sunil

Which factors led to your particular choice of study program?

  • The course’s interdisciplinarity, it combines 3 modules, i.e., Mathematics, Computer Science and 8 technical application fields (TAF) of desire. And since I was particularly interested in understanding the working of FEM and Multiphysics simulation softwares, it’s mathematical background and the applications in the research arena.
  • Course contents and their practical and in-depth learning approach.
  • Great feedback from the CE graduates.

What do you like the most about your study program?

  • I love the flexibility in the program, students must complete predefined number of core courses, but the rest one may choose based on their own inclination. Wherein you could choose subjects which you have less knowledge about and learn more about them and their applications.
  • Subjects in the course dealing with supercomputers or/and high performance computing (HPC) and implementing them on HPCs (hands on) are indeed interesting and I personally found them appealing.
  • Constant support from experienced professors and their assistants, specifically mentioning about the LSTM department, since my TAF was Computational Fluid Dynamics. The department has pedagogues like Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jovanovic, they are always there to answer questions and clarify doubts.

What would be your advice for other potential students from abroad? Did you face any obstacles?

  • This course is sometimes difficult in parts since there are subjects which need a lot of attention with regards to assignments, understanding and implementing. And before applying to this course, I would suggest each student to read and understand the course description and clarify all questions beforehand from the coordinator.
  • And If you are planning to take this course, and since I am a mechanical engineer I really faced few hurdles in the computer science module, which required good coding abilities and hence I suggest students to learn basics of coding at least in one widely used programming languages, if you are not familiar with any.
  • Another obstacle everyone faces is finding accommodation and places at the studentenwerk, which rent out only for a year for internationals and since Erlangen is a student city, I suggest students to be proactive in finding a place to stay.

Why did you choose Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg?

  • My enquiry about courses concerning Computational Sciences and Engineering across
    Germany led me to FAU Erlangen, which is a name I cannot ignore because of the current
    research being done in the many departments of the university and many funded by the
    DFG and various alumni and revered personalities of science passing out and
    recommending FAU.
  • Secondly, FAU’s reputation in Bayern as a technical University is top notch and its
    closeness to the Fraunhofer IIS and Max Planck Institute of Light makes it more research
    oriented.

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