Professor Stefan Kowarik of the Fibre Optic Sensors division at the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM) has been appointed to fill a professorship at the Karl Franzens University in Graz. He is will start his work at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry on 1 January 2020.
“We would like to offer Professor Kowarik our warmest congratulations on his appointment”, said Professor Ulrich Panne, BAM President. “This is deserved recognition of his achievements to date and another impressive milestone in his distinguished academic career.”
After studying physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Stefan Kowarik completed a doctorate in physical chemistry at Oxford in 2006. Postdoctoral stints took him to Tübingen and Cornell Universities, and an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, he was appointed Junior Professor of Physics at Berlin’s Humboldt University.
Stefan Kowarik joined BAM in 2017. His work has been focused on fibre optic sensor technology as well as artificial neural networks that facilitate analysis and interpretation of the large amounts of data generated by this type of sensor technology.
“I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity at BAM”, said Stefan Kowarik. “From day one, I have been impressed by the high level of professionalism shown by colleagues and their scientific input on socially relevant topics. I intend to remain in active contact with them and BAM in the future as well. We are already discussing future collaborations – and I’ll obviously become a member of the alumni network.”