"I'm haven't really gone!"

Goodbye, Professor Brokate!

4 December 2018
Professor Martin Brokate
Well deserved, but still a pity: Prof. Martin Brokate has retired. But of course not without the Department giving him a fitting send-off. Here a short review of the event and Professor Brokate's career. 


Almost 19 years ago, on 18 February 2000, Prof. Martin Brokate gave his inaugural lecture on the subject of "rate-independent evolutions" at the TUM. Since then, a lot has happened and Brokate has long since become a valued colleague and lecturer.

Great engagement for the TUM

Carmen Stegmaier and Frederik Schnack from the "Fachschaft MPI" present Prof. Brokate with an honorary award.

As a lecturer, Prof. Martin Brokate is so popular that he is nominated for the Golden Compass Award for Excellent Teaching at nearly every graduation ceremony. For his last term of teaching, he achieves 1st and 2nd place awards in the category "Best Basic Lecture", presented at the graduation ceremony on 30 November 2018. 

For these remarkable achievements, the student council also presented Brokate with an honorary award at his farewell colloquium on 9 November 2018. At this event he was furthermore honored, amongst others, with scientific lectures from the two ERC Grant award winners Prof. Alexander Mielke (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics) and Prof. Karl Kunisch (University Graz). The colloquium was followed by a dinner with invited guests.

Prof. Karl Kunisch from the University of Graz speaks at the farewell colloquium in honor of Prof. Brokate on the topic "Stabilization of Nonlinear Infinite-Dimensional Systems".

On 29 November, the students, doctoral students and staff members of the TopMath program and the ISAM Graduate Center say their own farewell to Prof. Brokate. After all, in his time at the TUM he was always actively involved, for example as 

  • Dean of the Department of Mathematics,
  • Speaker of the elite degree program TopMath
  • Speaker of the DFG-financed SFB 438,
  • Deputy Dean of TUM Graduate School and
  • Member of the Senate and the University Council.

More time for mathematics

Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz (left), Dean of the Department of Informatics, speaks at the honorary colloquium for Prof. Martin Brokate, presented by Prof. Gero Friesecke (right).

One thing is certain: Martin Brokate will be a loss for the Department. But will he miss it too? "I'm not gone completely," Brokate says. "But I will miss the open, friendly atmosphere and the discussions about math and research. I always had the feeling that we all work well together and pull together to attain the best for our department." 

And what is Brokate going to do now? "I will still concentrate on mathematics and am looking forward to researching further in the areas of variation inequalities and optimal control, for which I think I will have more time now." And he has even more good news: "Of course, I will still assist the Department in many matters and continue to work in the international graduate program IGDK 1754, a cooperation of the TUM Department of Mathematics with the Universities in Graz."

Prof. Martin Brokate: a brief vita

Martin Brokate studies and completes his PhD at the FU Berlin. In 1986 he habilitates at the University of Augsburg. After professorships at the universities of Kaiserslautern and Kiel, he joins the TUM in 1999 as a professor of numerical mathematics and control theory. 

He works in the fields of applied analysis and optimal control. His monography with J. Sprekels, "Hysteresis and Phase Transitions" is considered a standard work in this field of research. He is co-editor of the textbook series "Mathematik Kompakt" and a liaison lecturer at the foundation for highly talented students "Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst".

Prof. Alexander Mielke

Prof. Alexander Mielke, Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics in Berlin speaks in honour of Prof. Brokate about "Coarse Graining of Energy and Dissipation".