"I'm not gone at all"

Goodbye, Prof. Brokate!

4 December 2018
Professor Martin Brokate
Well deserved and still a pity: Prof. Martin Brokate is retiring. But of course not without the Department dismissing him duly. We look back


Almost 19 years ago, on 18 February 2000, Prof. Martin Brokate gives his inaugural lecture on the subject of "rate-independent evolutions" at the TUM. Since then, a lot has happened and he 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 teacher, Prof. Martin Brokate is so popular that he is nominated for the Golden Circle at almost every graduation ceremony. Finally, he takes place 1 and 2 in the category "Best Basic Lecture" on 30th November 2018. 

Therefore, the student council also presents him a honorary award at his festive colloquium on 9 November 2018. At this event he was honored by, among others, the two ERC Grants award winners Prof. Alexander Mielke (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics) and Prof. Karl Kunisch (University Graz) with scientific lectures. This was followed by a dinner with invited guests.

Prof. Karl Kunisch from the University of Graz speaks at the festive 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 goodbye to Prof. Brokate. After all, in his time at the TUM he was extremely involved - as a 

  • Dean of the Department of Mathematics,
  • Speaker of the elite degree program TopMath and 
  • the DFG 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 festive colloquium for Prof. Martin Brokate, moderated by Prof. Gero Friesecke (right).

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

And what is Brocate going to do now? "I want to concentrate on mathematics and I'm looking forward to researching further in the areas of variation inequalities and optimal control, so I think I have more time for that now." And he has even more good news: "Of course, I like to assist the Department in all matters and I will continue to work in the international graduate program IGDK 1754 on the mathematics of Munich and Graz."

Prof. Martin Brokate: Vita in brief 

Martin Brokate studies and does his doctorate at the University of Berlin. In 1986 he habilitated at the University of Augsburg. After professorships at the Universities of Kaiserslautern and Kiel, he joined 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 is a trust lecturer at the giftedness fund "Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst".

Prof. Alexander Mielke

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