Candidates: School of Engineering and Design Candidates


Belinda Bock

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship

End of doctorate – if already known

Oktober 2011
April 2018
Chair of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering,
Rock Mechanics and Tunneling
End of 2023

My Motivation

The now almost 10 years at TUM have already given me a good impression of how our university works and functions. Since I expect to stay at TUM for some more time, it is important to me to participate in shaping the future of TUM and especially of the School of Engineering and Design.

In 2011, I started my bachelor’s studies in civil engineering at TUM. After an exchange semester at the University of Melbourne, I continued my studies with the consecutive Master’s program. Since the beginning of 2018, I have been a working as a research assistant at the Chair of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Rock Mechanics and Tunneling. My research topic is the combined analysis of creep and ageing of granular materials. Since April 2021, I have been one of the doctoral candidates’ representative at the acurrent faculty of BGU. Now, I would like to continue as a doctoral candidates’ representative of the School of Engineering and Design for 2021/2022.

The following points are of particular importance to me:

To be the contact person for all PhD students at the Graduate Center ED
There are different ways to do a PhD at TUM, including differences in funding, location or structure, which also lead to different challenges and problems in everyday work. In addition, as a woman in a technical professional environment, the topic of equality and diversity is very present and important to me.

Encourage interdisciplinary exchange among doctoral candidates.
Since the School of Engineering and Design is still in formation, structures and platforms for exchange between doctoral students from different research areas have yet to emerge. I would like to contribute to this and actively promote opportunities for an interdisciplinary exchange.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my candidacy.


Thomas Licklederer

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship
End of doctorate – if already known

Oktober 2018
March 2019
Munich School of Engineering
End of 2023

My Motivation

Hello, I am Thomas, 28 years old. I grew up in Ingolstadt and studied (renewable) energy engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Since October 2018, I am a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Integrative Research Center “Munich School of Engineering” at TUM. I am working on digital energy management in neighborhoods and its technical application in innovative district heating networks. I am now running as a Doctoral Candidates’ Representative to defend the interests of doctoral candidates in this uncertain phase of restructuring at TUM by merging the previous departments into schools. It must be ensured that we doctoral candidates can complete our doctoral projects despite the transformation without facing any disadvantages. Besides the associated challenges, this phase of transformation is also an opportunity for us to introduce novel ideas and thereby contribute to shaping the strategic direction of TUM for the future. I see the position of the doctoral representative as a mediator between the doctoral candidates and the decision-makers in university politics. My responsibilities would include informing you about current developments, keeping an eye on the decision makers, and acting as a voice for doctoral candidates by representing your opinions and pushing your ideas. You as doctoral candidates are the scientific innovation drivers of TUM. That is why I am particularly concerned to ensure that you do not have to deal excessively with administration and other distracting side tasks, but can focus on your research and develop your full potential.


Sebastian Lumpp

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship
End of doctorate – if already known

2014
2019
Energy Economics and Application Technology
End of 2023

My Motivation

Dear fellow doctoral candidates,

over the course of the next few months our faculties and graduate centers are restructuring themselves on a large scale. PhD candidates have, so far, not had a voice in the proceedings and no clarity regarding potential changes to the Promotionsordnung.

The next year will be critical in the shaping of our new Graduate School and it is through our votes in the board of management of the new GS that we can make sure our interests are represented.

My goal is to ensure that our new Graduate School is built around our needs as the doctoral candidates for whom it exists.

If you want to discuss anything regarding the election or any concerns you may have, please contact me on sebastian.lumpp@tum.de

Sebastian Dirk Lumpp

Liebe Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden,

in den nächsten Monaten werden sich unsere Fakultäten und Graduiertenzentren in großem Umfang umstrukturieren. Wir hatten bisher kein Mitspracherecht und keine Klarheit über mögliche Änderungen der Promotionsordnung.

Das nächste Jahr wird für die Gestaltung unserer neuen Graduiertenschule von entscheidender Bedeutung sein, und nur indem wir unsere Stimmen im Vorstand der neuen Graduate School einbringen können wir sicherstellen, dass unsere Interessen vertreten werden.

Ich möchte dafür sorgen, dass unsere neue Graduate School auf unsere Bedürfnisse als Doktoranden, für die sie gedacht ist, ausgerichtet ist.

Wenn Sie etwas zur Wahl besprechen möchten oder ein anderes Anliegen haben, wenden Sie sich gerne unter sebastian.lumpp@tum.de an mich.

Sebastian Dirk Lumpp


Sebastian Schrönghamer

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship

End of doctorate – if already known

2010
2019
Civil Engineering,
Chair for Building Physics

My Motivation

Dear Doctoral Candidates,
My name is Sebastian Schrönghamer. I have been a research assistant at the Chair of Building Physics for almost two years, and before that I was a student assistant there. Since 2010, I spent almost my entire student career at TUM, with the exception of an Erasmus semester at KU Leuven in Belgium. I definitely know the hurdles, but also the joys, that both students and doctoral candidates come into contact with in the scientific community. I have already had experience with such responsible positions, for several years I was one of the high school class speakers when I was at school. It is very important to have people with a trustworthy open ear, whom a person can contact with concerns of any kind and ask for advice, action or help. Finally, it remains for me to say that I will of course use my vote democratically to act in the best interests of doctoral candidates and to achieve benefits for DCs in the upcoming School. Especially the problems of DCs should be heard and listened to. I would be very pleased to be elected and remain until then
With collegial greetings
Sebastian Schrönghamer


Sebastian Strasser

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship
End of doctorate – if already known

2013
2016
Professorship of Energy Conversion Technology
End of 2023

My Motivation

I was a doctoral representative from 2019 till 2021 and have been an active member of the TUM Graduate Council since 2019. In the last year I was one of the speakers of the Graduate Council and represented the interests of all doctoral candidates at TUM. Within the School of Engineering and Design I would like to set up the new body of doctoral representatives by cooperating with my fellow representatives and the representatives of the School Council. We as doctoral candidates are part of the academic mid-level and have special interests within the school and during our doctorate. Therefore, it is necessary to set up a strong doctoral representative body within the school, where you as doctoral candidate can bring up your ideas and interests. Furthermore, I would like to represent you in the Graduate Council and to strengthen the position of doctoral candidates at TUM and especially at the School of Engineering and Design.


Olaf Wysocki

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship

End of doctorate – if already known

September 2018
January 2021
Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, Prof. Stilla

My Motivation

My name is Olaf Wysocki and I am a Research Assistant & Doctoral Candidate at the Chair of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing under the supervision of Prof. Stilla.
I have gained insights into the TUM’s life both as a master’s student, doctoral candidate, and employee. Moreover, I have experienced studies at the international level by graduating in Poland and studying in Greece within the Erasmus program.
While pursuing my studies, I was always involved in extracurricular activities such as a member of the board of a student’s movie club and student’s research group, organizing students’ football league, or developing the TUM Hyperloop project.
Being always involved in the activities at the intersection of my professional and personal interests, I would like to participate in the life of the new Graduate Center of the School of Engineering and Design as a doctoral candidate representative.
The framework of the new School opens new possibilities. The formal merging of variety and yet intertwined disciplines will enable seamless cooperation between doctoral candidates. This process, however, needs to be activated by social events. I believe that such events are the trigger to start the conversation at the professional level. As it often happens that seemingly uncorrelated challenges are interconnected and can be solved only by cooperation.
I plan to organize events such as football games at the faculty level, video and board games competitions, or movie nights. Furthermore, I believe that not only the events should serve as networking platforms. I would like to also initiate hobby groups at the TUM’s online communication platforms where doctoral candidates with common hobbies would get in touch.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that I will contribute to the new School with my international experience and interpersonal skills as a doctoral candidate representative.


Marc Xia

At TUM since
Doctoral Candidate since
Department/Chair/Professorship

End of doctorate – if already known

Oktober 2013
January 2019
Dept. of Energy & Process Engineering
Chair of Plant and Process Technology

My Motivation

My name is Marc Xia, I am doctoral candidate at the Chair of Plant and Process Technology, which will be/is part of the Department of Energy & Process Engineering of the new School of Engineering and Design (SoED).
I have been at the Chair since January 2019 and was elected as doctoral representative of the (soon) former Department of Mechanical Engineering in the same year. Since then, I have been actively representing my fellow doctoral candidates to ensure their interests. Some of the topics I worked on are the school transition, extension of matriculation, doctoral regulations, pandemic situation, “Fit in die Lehre@MW”, and the course program for doctoral candidates at the department. I was very happy of my reelection in 2020, which gave me the chance to continue my work and broaden my understanding of how processes at the TUM work.
In my function as doctoral representative, I have been in close contact with the Graduate Center of the department, co-organized “Fit in die Lehre@MW”, welcomed our new doctoral candidates at “Start in die Promotion”, worked in several working groups of the TUM Graduate Council, participated in the Faculty Council and the Joint School Council, held social events, and co-organized the Supervisory Award. I would very much like to continue and improve my work as a doctoral representative, especially in the new SoED, which will be a new challenge due to its size and diverse background.
For that, I need your support in the upcoming election for doctoral representatives at the SoED! I will make sure to use my experience for the benefit of the doctoral candidates.

Thank you very much and stay healthy!