Computational Engineering

Operated by the Ruhr-University Bochum, GERMANY

An international program, open for students from all countries.


The Computational Engineering Master program prepares students in the theory and application of computer-based simulation techniques.

Biomechanical simulation of a stent (shape memory alloy)

Probabilistic lifetime prediction for a concrete bridge

Finite element model of a wind turbine under operation conditions

Air infiltration to the soil during mechanized tunneling

Stress distribution in a joint of a steel bridge

Simulation comes first - Computer-based simulation is an essential part in today's product development processes. Before building the actual product, engineers run extensive simulations in order to test their designs in a virtual environment. Let it be bridges spanning over wide rivers, medical devices saving lives or power plants providing the energy for all of us. None of these high-tech products of human ingenuity would exist without the predictions delivered by computer-based simulations.

Become a simulation expert - The job market has a growing need for professionals who are able to run and understand such computer-based simulations. Especially a country, which is rapidly developing its own high-tech industry, such as Vietnam, needs these people. Computational Engineering equips students with the key competences to become experts in this field and thus opens up excellent job opportunities in research and development.

Partners in Education

Computational Engineering (see website) has been established at Ruhr-University Bochum as international master program in 2001. Since then, more than 300 students from all over the world have graduated and now have excellent positions in science and industry. Since 2009, Vietnamese students can study the same program in Ho Chi Minh City.

Workshops & Short Courses

On January 23, 2014, the 1st Workshop on "Ventilation in Cities for planning strategies in air pollution and thermal comfort" will be held at VGU in Binh Duong. The workshop is organized by Professor Katzschner from the Master's program Sustainable Urban Development and Dr. Franke from the Master's program Computational Engineering. The workshop shall bring together researchers, authorities and industry from Vietnam to discuss common research projects in the fields of air pollution mitigation, thermal comfort and urban planning, which are all related to the general topic of city ventilation. The detailed program of and further information on the workshop are available in the workshop flyer, which is available here. As the number of participants for the workshop is limited to 40, timely registration by Email to is recommended. Admission is granted on a first come first serve basis.


Since Monday May 13 the official homepage of the  6th International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering (CWE2014) is finally online, Since 1992 the CWE conference series is representing the world's largest international conference on the application of computing in wind engineering, and in 2014 the symposium will for the first time ever take place in Germany, organized by the German Wind Engineering Community under the auspices of the International Organization of Wind Engineering (IAWE) and hosted by the University of Hamburg. VGU is involved in the organization of the symposium through the membership of Dr. Franke, Academic Coordinator for the Master program Computational Engineering, in the Organization Committee.