It’s with a warm heart that Sim4Blocks’ bids goodbye to Dr. Ursula Eicker, professor of building physics at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart. Eicker has been project coordinator since the start of the project in 2016, however her time has come to embark on a fantastic opportunity across the pond in Canada.

Eicker will be taking twenty years of experience with her to the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. Having directed a number of international research projects, Eicker will be going to Canada as Concordia’s new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, where one of her roles will be to help define what it means to be a smart city.

Though we will be sad to see her go, this is an exciting opportunity for Eicker and for the development of smart, sustainable and resilient cities, and we wish her all the best.

With that in mind and with the last leg and year countdown of Sim4Blocks beginning, Wolfram Mollenkopf will be taking over Ursula’s role. Mollenkopf is also a professor at HFT and has been responsible for teaching within the building physics and energy technology sector. Before this, Mollenkopf worked on the conception of electricity and heat supply at the public utility of Tübingen.

We would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Mollenkopf to the project. If you would like to drop him a message, you will be able to find him at: wolfram.mollenkopf@hft-stuttgart.de