Birte Schrader

Birte Schrader

Birte Schrader was a PhD student with the MOSAIC Group between October 2006 and January 2011. She is a German citizen, born in 1979 in Offenbach, Germany. After leaving the MOSAIC Group, Birte became a scientific software developer at Cyfex AG, a Zurich-based software company producing computer graphics, visualization, and simulation software.


In 1999, Birte signed in at the University of Rostock for Mechanical Engineering. After acquiring the Vordiplom in 2001, she continued her studies at the University of Stuttgart, majoring in Thermal Turbomachinery at the ITSM and Sustainable Usage of Energy at the ITW. She received her Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering in September 2006.


In 2003, Birte worked for six months on the Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain, surveying and evaluating the mirrors of the parabolic trough solar power system of the DLR (German Aerospace Center). In 2005, she did a six-month internship at the department of Research and Development of the Bosch Group in Gerlingen, Germany, in the field of computational aeroacoustics. She then carried out her Diploma Thesis at the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich, evaluating the effective thermal conductivity of highly porous reticulate ceramics using multiscale numerical simulations.


During her undergraduate studies, Birte was supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Dr.-Jürgen-Ulderup Stiftung, and the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Union.


Between October 2006 and January 2011 (with a 4-month maternity leave during the last year), Birte Schrader did her PhD at the MOSAIC Group. In her thesis project, she developed a general discretization-correction framework for PSE operators in particle methods, performance models for particle-based simulations of PDEs, and an adaptive multi-resolution particle method based on Lagrangian self-organization of the particles. Her thesis has been nominated for an ETH Medal by the examination committee.


PhD Thesis

B. Schrader. Discretization-Corrected PSE Operators for Adaptive Multiresolution Particle Methods. PhD thesis, Diss. ETH No. 19566, ETH Zürich, 2011. (PDF)