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The Future of Metrology and Energy Research: Women Pioneers and Innovators

The event, titled "The Future of Metrology and Energy Research: Women Pioneers and Innovators," took place on September 5th from 16:30 to 17:30 at PTB Braunschweig, Germany, as part of the International Conference on Measurements of Energy.

Featuring a panel discussion, the event aimed to explore the invaluable contributions of women in metrology and energy research, emphasizing their pivotal role in shaping the future of these industries. Three accomplished women in these fields served as esteemed panelists, providing diverse perspectives and expertise.

The discussion delved into key points, including inspiring the next generation of women, addressing gender bias, highlighting the significance of mentorship and networking, and fostering a supportive work environment.

Moderator: Dr. Zeynep Serinyel

Dr. Zeynep Serinyel received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from National University of Galway Ireland in 2011. After a postdoctoral position at LRGP, a CNRS laboratory, she is currently an Associate Professor in chemistry, at the University of Orléans and affiliated with the ICARE laboratory (CNRS) since 2013. Since her doctoral studies, her research interest has been focused on chemical kinetics of hydrocarbons and mostly of oxygenated biofuels. Her research activities cover both experimental and detailed kinetic modeling (model development) aspects. She served as colloquium co-chair in combustion related meetings and is currently the secretary of the French section of the Combustion Institute. She co-authored >40 papers and has >40 contributions in international events.

Panelist: Dr. Benoîte Lefort

Dr. Lefort earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Kinetics from the University of Lille (France) in 2006. After that, she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Washington DC, USA. Later, in 2009, she joined the University of Burgundy.
Through her hard work and dedication, Dr. Lefort achieved the position of full Professor in 2022. She now leads the Chemical Kinetics and Combustion division at the DRIVE laboratory in Nevers.

Panelist: Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Federica Ferraro

Federica Ferraro was appointed  Junior Professor in Alternative Aviation Propulsion Systems at IFAS, TU Braunschweig  in May 2023. Prior to this role, she was a postdoctoral researcher and research group leader at the Institute for Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems (STFS) at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Her research focuses on numerical modeling and simulations of reacting flows for innovative sustainable technologies. The overall objective of Ferraro’s research activities is to contribute to the development of future climate-neutral, efficient combustion systems for transportation and power generation sectors.

Panelist: Dr.-Ing. Gisa Foyer

Dr.-Ing. Gisa Foyer received her doctoral degree in civil engineering from the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. She is a researcher at PTB since then and has worked in the department Solid Mechanics until 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher and project manager in the fields of force and torque measurement. 2018 she became head of the working group Communications Technology of Weighing Instruments in the department Mass. Her work include software testing on weighing instruments and digitalisation of calibration certificates for weights and mass standards. She is the among other committee work the  lead of the NoBoMet project group Digital certificates in Metrology  which develops digital formats for certificates under the European directives 2014/31/EU (NAWID) and 2014/32/EU (MID).

Panelist: Dr. Tara Liebisch

Dr. Tara Liebiesh works at Germany’s National Metrology Institute PTB as a strategy officer in the Division Optics. In this role she has developed many large-scale infrastructure and collaborative initiatives. She enjoys ensuring that partners from academia, industry and government can work together to achieve scientific endeavors. Her work builds on her research in atomic physics with publications on Rydberg atoms, compact atomic devices and a thorough article on the revised SI. Currently, her work includes developing a new Clock Building and a concept for an optical fiber research network for simultaneous quantum communication and metrology operation, as well as serving as the scientific manager of the excellence cluster QuantumFrontiers and as a co-coordinator of the QVLS-iLab Ion and Atom Trap Technology.  

Panelist: YanYan Beer

Yan Yan Beer has been a dedicated PhD student at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the Division of Biochemistry, since 2021. Her project is related to the development of a reference method for the quantification of viral load. She received her Master's degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, The Netherlands. From 2012-2016, Yan Yan worked at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany as a biological laboratory technician focusing on microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology.

Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus

Professor Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus held a Chair of Physical Chemistry at Bielefeld  University until 2017, where she remains as a Senior Professor since. She has studied chemistry in Bochum with a Ph.D. thesis in atmospheric chemistry and performed her habilitation in engineering in Stuttgart. Research periods and honorary professorships brought her to several continents. She served in multiple academic functions, including the German Council for Science and the Humanities, the Senates of DFG and the Helmholtz Association, and the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was the President of the International Combustion Institute, an umbrella organization of 35 national societies, and of the German Bunsengesellschaft for Physical Chemistry. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus received multiple awards. She was honored with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic and is a member of six academies, including the Chinese and European Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, and acatech. In addition to her research on diagnostics and chemistry of high-temperature processes, she is also a pioneer of science activities for children and young adults.

International Women's Day

Date: 8th March 2023

Source: Philipp Arnoldt/TU Braunschweig 

Angela Ittel

Professor Dr. Angela Ittel has been the president of the Technical University of Braunschweig since July 2021. Prior to this, she served as full-time Vice President of Technische Universität Berlin, Germany since 2014, and was responsible for the departments of Internationalization and Teacher Education. Dr. Ittel received her doctorate (PhD) at the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.  She became a predoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, the Technische Universität Chemnitz, and the Freie Universität Berlin before she was appointed Professor of Educational Psychology at TU Berlin in 2008. Her research areas include career orientation and the development of young people’s interests, especially in STEM subjects. She was an editor of international journals and continues to work as an expert reviewer. Moreover, she is an active expert in the topics of interdisciplinary research, equal opportunities and diversity.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Date: 10th February 2023

Chongwen Zhou

Dr. Zhou obtained her Ph.D. from the School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China in 2009. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate from 2009 to 2015 at the Combustion Chemistry Centre, School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway. From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Zhou served as a Professor at the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China. Having returned to Galway at the beginning of 2022, she is now a lecturer at the School of Chemistry.

Her research areas include Combustion Chemistry Modeling, Chemical Kinetic Model Development as well as Ab Initio Calculations of the Reaction Mechanisms.

The combustion chemistry of ammonia and ammonia/hydrogen: A comprehensive modeling study

Date: 11th  November 2022

Photographer: Sven Marquardt (Teamfoto Marquardt) / Competentia Münsterland

Cornelia Denz

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Technische Universität Darmstadt and worked on optical neural network and optical data storage. In 1993, Prof. Denz became head of the Photorefractive Group at TU Darmstadt. She moved to the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster in 2001, where she led the chair of experimental physics and gender in physics as the director of the Institute of Applied Physics. Her main research topics are nonlinear photonics and fostering girls in STEM. She founded the Centre for Nonlinear Science (CeNoS) at WWU Münster and the hands-on lab MExlab for school kids and students.  
Prof. Cornelia Denz became the first woman president of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundestanstalt (PTB) as of May 1, 2022.

Gender research and physics (and chemistry): How does this fit together?

Date: 7th April 2022

Liisa K. Rihko-Struckmann

Dr. Rihko-Struckmann was born in Maaria (Turku), Finland and recieved her PhD degree in department of chemical engineering Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University), Finland in 1997. Since 2001, she is head of sustainable production systems team and laboratory manager in the process systems engineering group at Max Planck Institute of Dynamics for Complex Technical Systems, Germany. Her current research interests include catalysis, reaction engineering and modelling of chemical and energy conversion systems, CO2 utilisation and recycle, chemical storage of renewable energy, biomass conversion to fuels and electricity, chemical and fuel production with photosynthetic organisms (algal biomass), sustainability assessment (LCA), chemical recycle of polymers, process systems engineering.

My Career in Science

Date: 7th April 2022

Siri Harboe-Minwegen

Dr. Harboe-Minwegen received her Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2018. During her Ph.D.’s research, she focused on the investigation of the rheological and microstructural properties of semi-solid aluminium-copper during isothermal shear. Following, she worked as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-1 Material Synthesis and Processing, Forschungszentrum Jülich, on development of materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and investigations of material processing and performance. Since 2021, she works as a project manager in OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH, An-Institute der RWTH Aachen.

Working as a woman with Engineering Science in Germany

Date: 7th April 2022

Xing Chao

Dr. Chao received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology at Tsinghua University, and her Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2013. She has also received the Engineer Degree of France (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) through a two-year double-degree exchange program at École Centrale de Paris. While her Master’s research was focused on solid-state lasers, her Ph.D. thesis work was concentrated on laser absorption spectroscopy and its application in combustion gas diagnostics. After achieving her doctoral degree (2013-2015), she worked as the chief scientist at Oxigraf, Inc. in Mountain View, California, which is a pioneer and specialized company for spectroscopic instrumentation particularly for medical, industrial and aerospace applications. Dr. Chao has been working as an assistant/associate professor at the Center for Combustion Energy and the Department of Energy and Power Engineering at Tsinghua University since Dec. 2015. Her current research interests include various optical and spectroscopic techniques, instrumentation for combustion diagnostics, and laser-based sensor systems.

When Scientists choose Motherhood

Date: 7th April 2022

Charu Sharma

Ms. Sharma has more than 10 years multi-cultural experience in the energy & petrochemical industry with a qualification in Civil Engineering. She has worked as an assistant general manager in Sembcrop Energy India Limited since 2018 to undertake key roles in different projects such as Site feasibility study, operations maintenance, process optimization & implementation, digitization, team training & development. Before that time, Charu understood industry challenges and gained progressive experience by working in different companies including Amplus Solar (2017-2018) as a team-lead of Solar Project Delivery, ACME Cleantech Solutions Pvt. Limited (2016-2017) as an assistant manager, Siemens as an executive engineer (2014-2016), Simon India Limited (2012-2014) and KEC International Limited (2011-2012).

Date: 7th April 2022