Speakers and Panelists

Franziska Albers, Speaker and Tutorial Instructor   🔗

Dr. Franziska Albers is part of the Academic Customer Success team at MathWorks, which helps academics integrate MATLAB and Simulink in their teaching and research. She studied physics in Heidelberg and Münster and holds a PhD in neuroimaging from University Hospital Münster. Her research background is in MR physics and functional MR imaging.

Andrea D. Bührmann, Speaker   🔗

After studying sociology, philosophy and political science, Andrea D. Bührmann obtained her doctorate from the University of Münster in 1995. Since 2011 she has held the position of full professor at the University of Göttingen.

In 2013 she became the founding director of the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute. For several years now, Bührmann has been supporting different international and national businesses, universities and municipalities in conceptualising, implementing and evaluating diversity strategies. In October 2021, Andrea D. Bührmann was elected spokesperson for the(State Working Group of Institutions for Women’s and Gender Studies in Lower Saxony (LAGEN).

Doris Franke, Panelist   🔗

Michelle Hirsch, Panelist and Keynote Speaker   🔗

Michelle Hirsch is the head of MATLAB Product Management and MATLAB Product Marketing at MathWorks. Michelle drives overall strategy, direction, and messaging for MATLAB. She is a principal design coach and develops and delivers MathWorks most visible keynote presentations.

Michelle has more than 25 years of experience with MATLAB, including 7 years traveling the world speaking with MATLAB users and almost 15 years in her current role. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2000, she was an acoustician for Boeing. Michelle has a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the College of William and Mary, a M.S. in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware.

Michelle is an out transgender, lesbian woman. She speaks regularly at companies about her experience transitioning in the workplace to help build inclusive and welcoming work environments and has more than a decade of volunteer service to support the transgender community.

Ruth Schöbel, Speaker   🔗

Ruth Schöbel is working at Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.

She studied Mathematics at RWTH Aachen University and is also trained as a mathematical-technical software developer. During her PhD time (2016-2021) she worked together with the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, in the field of parallel-in-time integration methods for partial differential equations. Currently she is involved in a project that uses reinforcement learning to optimize numerical preconditioning in this field.

She is specialized in numerical mathematics and has developed a particular interest in semi-implicit time-stepping methods for differential equations.

In collaboration with the FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences, Germany she holds mathematical lectures for prospective mathematical-technical software developers.

As a leader of the Joint Laboratory for Extreme Scale Computing she is particularly interested in promoting young talents. In addition, the topic of underrepresentation of women is particularly important to her. She strongly advocates equal opportunities and diversity.

Sarah Neuwirth, Panelist   🔗

Sarah M. Neuwirth is currently a postdoctoral researcher and the deputy chair of the Modular Supercomputing and Quantum Computing Group at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. She also holds a visiting researcher position at the Jülich Supercomputing. In 2018, Sarah was awarded her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Heidelberg University, Germany. She defended her degree with highest honors (summa cum laude) and was honored with the ZONTA Science Award 2019 for her outstanding dissertation. Her research interests include: high-performance storage systems, parallel I/O and file systems, modular supercomputing, benchmark standardization, high performance computing and networking, distributed systems, and communication protocols. Sarah has worked on numerous research collaborations including working with: the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (DEEP Project Series, EUPEX), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her projects are funded by the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany, DOE, and ORNL.