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Two more doctoral degrees awarded to DYN researchers

On May 6 and 8, 2020, two researchers who had been supervised by Prof. Engell finished the procedures for their doctoral degrees with the oral examination at TU Dortmund.

The examinations took place under Corona conditions with only the examiners present in a lecture hall and the public attending via the internet. Thanks to the great preparation by Maximilian Cegla and Tim Janus, the web-based format worked out very well. Simon Wenzel, from 2014 to 2019 a member of the DYN group at TU Dortmund and now with Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH obtained the Dr.-Ing degree for his dissertation “Distributed optimization of coupled production systems via market-like coordination”. The main contribution of the thesis is a new algorithm for the adaptation of the prices when different coupled chemical plants within a site or chemical park are coordinated without sharing details of the individual plants and their loads, costs, etc. The oral exam took place on May 6, 2020. Benedikt Beisheim (INEOS in Köln) obtained the Dr.-Ing degree for his dissertation “Computation and Application of Resource Efficiency Indicators for Continuous Processes”. The main contributions of the thesis are an approach to compute the best-demonstrated practice baselines of chemical plants from observed data and a method for the aggregation of resource efficiency indicators and the analysis of the causes for their evolution over time. The oral exam took place on May 8, 2020. After the doctoral exam of Benedikt Beisheim, he and the Examination Committee enjoyed drinks from cans outside the building in perfect weather, obeying the rules for social distancing. Both theses resulted from the EU project CoPro that is coordinated by Prof. Engell. Congratulations to Benedikt Beisheim and Simon Wenzel! 



Simon Wenzel giving his presentation Benedikt Beisheim giving his presentation