Ole Sigmund

Ole Sigmund
Born (1966-05-28) 28 May 1966 (age 57)
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisDesign of Material Structures using Topology Optimization (1994)
Doctoral advisorMartin P. Bendsøe, Pauli Pedersen, Jon Juel Thomsen

Ole Sigmund (born May 28, 1966) is a Danish Professor in Mechanical Engineering who has made fundamental contributions to the field of topology optimization, including microstructure design, nano optics, photonic crystals, Matlab code,[4] acoustics, and fluids. In 2003 he co-authored the highly cited book "Topology Optimization: Theory, Methods and Applications"[5] with Martin P. Bendsøe. His research group was the first to achieve giga-resolution topology optimization, making it for the first time possible to optimize an entire Boeing 777 wing structure.[6]


Ole Sigmund attended Tornbjerg Gymnasium before enrolling at the Technical University of Denmark, where he earned his MSc in Mechanical Engineering (1991), his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1995), and his Dr. Techn. (Danish Habilitation) in (2001).


He is a professor (faculty since 1997)[7] at the Technical University of Denmark. He has been a research assistant at Essen University (1991–1992) and Postdoc at Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University (1995–1996). He has been on sabbatical leave at the University of Colorado Boulder (2012). He is currently a VILLUM Investigator supported by the VILLUM Foundation.[8] 2004–2010 he served as the Chairman of the Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (DCAMM) [9] and as the elected President of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO) in the period 2011–2015 (and Executive Member 2015–2023). He was elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 2008 and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) in 2003.[10]


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  2. ^ "Ole Sigmund — Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet". ufm.dk.
  3. ^ "Previous recipients of the annual award". THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS. March 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Andreassen, Erik; Clausen, Anders; Schevenels, Mattias; Lazarov, Boyan S.; Sigmund, Ole (January 1, 2011). "Efficient topology optimization in MATLAB using 88 lines of code". Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 43 (1): 1–16. doi:10.1007/s00158-010-0594-7. S2CID 220861218.
  5. ^ Bendsoe, Martin Philip; Sigmund, Ole (April 13, 2004). Topology Optimization: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Springer-Verlag – via www.springer.com.
  6. ^ Aage, Niels; Andreassen, Erik; Lazarov, Boyan S.; Sigmund, Ole (October 13, 2017). "Giga-voxel computational morphogenesis for structural design". Nature. 550 (7674): 84–86. Bibcode:2017Natur.550...84A. doi:10.1038/nature23911. PMID 28980645. S2CID 205260273 – via www.nature.com.
  7. ^ "Ole Sigmund - DTU". dtu.dk/.
  8. ^ "DKK 400 million for 11 international top researchers". 2017-03-19.
  9. ^ "Frontpage - DCAMM". dcamm.dk/.
  10. ^ "About ATV". ATV.