Friday, January 18, 2019
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In Mourning for Christian Miehe

With deep regret and great sadness we learned that Professor Christian Miehe passed away after a serious illness on 14 August 2016 at the age of 60. For more than 20 years he held the chair for Applied Mechanics and Material Theory at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Stuttgart. He was also the chairman of the master program “Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures (COMMAS)”; he has substantially contributed to its great success.

Christian Miehe was a worldwide leading figure in computational mechanics. His exceptional scientific achievements in solid mechanics and in particular in modeling of heterogeneous materials were characterized by an amazing breadth and impressive depth. He established general concepts for the analysis of material behavior representing the complex microstructure and its evolution on several scales, also in multi-physics environments. They include advanced homogenization and multi-scale techniques with many novel features, using for example mathematically rigorous minimization principles. His recent works on phase field models were milestones opening a new door for modeling solids at fracture.

Christian was also a dedicated educator and highly esteemed mentor to his PhD students. A strong indication for the quality of his supervision are the many excellent, frequently cited papers in high rank journals. He was a regular participant and often invited plenary speaker on international conferences, among them ECCOMAS Congresses, ECCM and Thematic Conferences, e.g. COMPLAS. 

Most of all, Christian was a great personality and for many of us a wonderful friend. His passing is truly a great loss to the world of computational mechanics and leaves a vacuum in our community.

 Ekkehard Ramm