Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jaan-Willem Simon


Office Location

Room 115
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1
52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 (0) 241 80 25005
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80 22001
Email: jaan.simon@rwth-aachen.de

Curriculum vitae

09/2019 Appointment of the title Professor
02/2018 Habilitation, thesis: Nonlinear modeling of carbon fiber reinforced composites at multiple scales, Venia Legendi in Mechanics
03/2017 Offer for a professorship of Lightweight Construction at the TU Wien
04/2016 - today Lecturer at the International Academy of RWTH Aachen University
08/2015 - today Frequent research stays at the Columbia University, New York, USA
02/2014 - 03/2014 Research stay at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
08/2011 PhD degree with distinction, topic: Numerical shakedown analysis of mechanical components with limited kinematical hardening
06/2011 - today Chief engineer at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
10/2009 - 07/2011 Lecturer at the Aerospace Technology Department, University of Applied Sciences Aachen
02/2006 - 05/2011 Scientific co-worker at the Institute of General Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
02/2006 Diploma with distinction Physical Engineering Sciences
06/2005 - 12/2005 Internship at the Innovationsgesellschaft mbH INPRO, Berlin
04/2005 Diploma Civil Engineering
10/2004 - 03/2005 Stay abroad for writing the diploma thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
10/2001 - 02/2006 Studies of Physical Engineering Sciences at the Technische Universität Berlin
02/2000 - 09/2004 Student research assistant at the Institute of Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems, Technische Universität Berlin
10/1998 - 04/2005 Studies of Civil Engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin


01/2016 Teaching Award 2015 of RWTH Aachen University
08/2015 Heinrich Hertz-Scholarship from the Heinrich Hertz-Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia for a research stay at Columbia University
01/2015 Member of the "Junges Kolleg" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
07/2014 RWTH Lecturer, distinction for extraordinary teaching
02/2014 - 01/2016 Postdoc-Scholarship of the Daimler und Benz Stiftung
02/2014 Theodore von Kármán Fellow of the RWTH Aachen for a research stay at NASA Glenn Research Center
03/2013 RWTH Start-Up for the project "Multiscale modeling of the thermoforming process of thermoplastic fiber reinforced composites"
11/2012 Friedrich-Wilhelm Award of the RWTH Aachen University
09/2012 Young Researcher Best Paper Prize, 11th International Conference on Computational Structures Technology
06/2012 Borchers-Plakette of the Freunde und Förderer der RWTH Aachen e.V., proRWTH
10/2005 Ernst-Trapp-Award of the Gesellschaft von Freunden der Technischen Universität Berlin
10/2004 - 03/2005 Scholarship (competitive) of the DAAD for the stay abroad

Special positions

05/2019 - today Elected Secretary of the TAPPI Paper Physics Committee
07/2014 - today Founding member of the International Association on Direct Methods
07/2014 - 06/2016 Elected Secretary of the International Association on Direct Method
01/2014 - 01/2018 Member of the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Committee
10/2013 - 09/2017 Board member and vice speaker of the Aachen Center for Young Researchers


Leader of the Research Group Composite materials and structures

Research interests: Modeling of Composites, Multiscale Simulation, Accounting for Damage Behavior, Shakedown of Structures

Publications (Google Scholar)

ResearchGate Profile

Publications (IFAM Homepage)
Presentations (IFAM Homepage)

Teaching (IFAM)

WS 2019/2020 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2019/2020 Computational Methods for Advanced Materials and Structures
SS 2019 Mechanik 2
SS 2019 Continuum Mechanics
SS 2019 Mechanics of Engineering Materials
WS 2018/2019 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2018/2019 Matrix and Tensor Calculus
SS 2018 Mechanik 2
SS 2018 Kontinuumsmechanik
SS 2018 Mechanics of Engineering Materials
WS 2017/2018 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2017/2018 Matrizen- und Tensorrechnung
SS 2017 Mechanik 2
SS 2017 Kontinuumsmechanik
SS 2017 Mechanics of Engineering Materials
WS 2016/2017 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2016/2017 Matrizen- und Tensorrechnung
SS 2016 Mechanik 2
SS 2016 Kontinuumsmechanik
SS 2016 Mechanics of Engineering Materials
WS 2015/2016 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2015/2016 Matrizen- und Tensorrechnung
SS 2015 Mechanik 2
SS 2015 Kontinuumsmechanik
WS 2014/2015 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
WS 2014/2015 Matrizen- und Tensorrechnung
SS 2014 Non-linear Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering
SS 2014 Continuum Mechanics
SS 2014 Mechanik 2 für Angewandte Geowissenschaften
WS 2013/2014 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
SS 2013 Non-linear Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering
SS 2013 Finite Element Technology
WS 2012/2013 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik
SS 2012 Mechanik 2
WS 2011/2012 Einführung in die Werkstoffmechanik

Supervising examiner of student works within the research group

2019 Master Thesis by Hagen Holthusen,
"A thermo-mechanically coupled constitutive model for semi-crystalline polymers, incorporating crystallisation kinetics, at finite strains"
2018 Master Thesis by Kumar Chandrashekar Jois,
"Calibration of a novel mixed-mode cohesive law accounting for fiber bridging to experiments"

Bachelor Thesis by Moritz Gehre,
"Implementation and studies of a viscoelastic material model at finite strains"
2017 Master Thesis by Shengkai Yu,
"Generation of representative volume elements for complex textile microstructures"

Master Thesis by Franziska Egli,
"Failure mechanisms of sandwich panels with honeycomb core"

Mini Thesis by Kumar Chandrashekar Jois,
"Comparison of 2-D and 3-D models of mode I delamination of sandwich panels accounting for the sandwich core structure"
2016 Master Thesis by Srinivas Selvaraju,
"Material and micro structural parameters identification of composites using simulated annealing and genetic algorithm method"

Master Thesis by Varun Raj,
"Multi-scale modeling and validation of woven textile reinforced silicone"

Master Thesis by Carina Rochlitz,
"Effiziente numerische Untersuchung von Sandwich¬strukturen unter Verwendung von Solid-Shell Elementen"

Master Thesis by Ashish Sethi,
"Numerical modeling of artificial tubular aortic heart valve"
2015 Master Thesis by Jonas Ketteler,
"3D network simulation of stochastic paper structures"

Master Thesis by Pradeep Burla,
"Computational analysis of stent implantation in coronary artery"

Master Thesis by Akash Hiriyur,
"Micromechanical modeling and simulation of foamed concrete"

Master Thesis by David Swallow,
"Modeling the out-of-plane behavior of paperboard"

Bachelor Thesis by Maximilian Kunz,
"Facesheet design for energy absorption of sandwich composites"

Bachelor Thesis by Michael Tomi,
"Inelastic modelling of asphalt concrete mortar"

Mini Thesis by Nithin Padavu,
"Geometry generation of aggregates for asphalt concrete modeling"
2014 Bachelor Thesis by Carla Haep,
"Eine numerische Untersuchung von großen, unelastischen Verformungen an glasartigen Polymeren"

Bachelor Thesis by Jonas Ketteler,
"Untersuchung des Einflusses von zufälliger Filamentverteilung auf die Steifigkeit in repräsentativen Verbundwerkstoffvolumen"

Mini Thesis by Torben Böddeker and Raphael Springmann,
"Meso- und makromechanische Simulation einer Merschichtverbundkonstruktion am Beispiel eines Kiteboards"
2013 Master Thesis by Markus Hillgärtner,
"Modellierung von Asphalt"
2012 Master Thesis by Michael Ditandy,
"Modellierung und Simulation des anisotropen Werkstoffverhaltens von CFK-Werkstoffen"

Supervisor of student works

2019 Master Thesis by Patrick Eifert,
"Simulative Auslegung einer vibro-akustischen Entkopplung für die Leistungselektronik in hochintegrierten elektrischen Antrieben"
Master Thesis by Anshul Bhole,
"Parameter identification of viscoelastic and viscoplastic material models for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU)"
Master Thesis by Anirudh Naik,
"Design of stress optimized sample geometry for the stress corrosion cracking test of 7000 Aluminum alloys"
Master Thesis by Aniket Kapse,
"Development of design and optimization algorithms to reduce environmental impacts in the vehicle life cycle of body parts"
Master Thesis by Sameera Bellary,
"Determining the failure of wood veneer during forming process using FEM simulations"

Master Thesis by Nilesh Thakare,
"Development of pedestrian protection design guidelines for vehicle development regarding new leg-impactor "aPLI" using simplified FEM model"

Master Thesis by Melike Icten,
"Numerical simulation of stiffness and strength of printed circuit boards in power electronics of electric devices"

Master Thesis by Nishant Mistry,
"Material behaviour modelling of the self-piercing rivet joints under tension load on the matrix side"
2018 Master Thesis by Harish Natarajan,
"Experimental and computational analysis of shear behaviour of continuous fiber-reinforced polymers during thermoforming"

Master Thesis by Srinidhi Joshi,
"Automatic creation of mathematical graphs based on the cross section of the finite element models"

Master Thesis by Akshit Kamra,
"Development of calculation method for stiffness values of automotive single-core, multi-core cables and cable harness segments"

Master Thesis by Ahmad Alajami,
"Numerical and experimental investigation of paperboard"
2017 Master Thesis by Vikrant Srivastava,
"A study on the modeling and simulation of high deformation of plastics under structural and thermal loads"

Master Thesis by Ayushi Malik,
"3D dynamic simulation and material parameter identification of material processing by concrete hammer drilling"
2015 Bachelor Thesis by Daniel Seifert,
"Anpassung eines meso-mechanisch motivierten Materialmodells an unidirektional und textil verstärkte Kunststoffe"
2012 Master Thesis by Jitapriya Das,
"Failure analysis of a laminated composite plate by Puck’s theory"