MINToring – Mentoring Program for Female Master’s Students in STEM Fields

Unfortunately, women in STEM fields are still a minority. You already experienced this in your studies, which you are currently doing with a majority of male fellow students.
Now you are in your master’s and asking yourself – science or rather business? What does one do during a doctorate?
It was the same for us. We, female PhD students and postdocs at the Institute for Automation and applied Informatics (IAI), would like to give you the opportunity to get to know our everyday life and support you in your decision – for example business or science.

You are:

  • female master’s student
  • in the field: computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, bio engineering, mathematics, or physics

What to expect:

  • regular meetups with your mentor (intensity can be arranged individually)
  • workshops
  • lectures of women working in STEM fields
  • networking with PhD students and Postdocs at IAI and other students

You are interested? Then apply now!

To get an impression of you and to find a suitable mentor, please send us a short introduction of yourself (max. 1 page) to mentorinnen∂iai.kit.edu until 2021-06-20. In your introduction you should briefly describe your background (training, studies, ...), what your study interests are and your expectations on the mentoring program. Please also indicate which language (German/English) you prefer for communication with your mentor.

The short introduction is not a letter of motivation in which you have to shine with numerous awards, programming skills, internships, etc. It is rather about finding the right mentor for your questions and mentoring expectations. The mentoring is adapted to your need/interest – e.g. concerning the frequency of meetings and the communication format (in person, via video call conference, email) or visits at the institute.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!

 

These are the mentors:

Ines Reinartz
Ines Reinartz

I have always been interested in many different fields of study, but in the end I had to decide and chose physics. After specializing in particle physics, I switched to biophysics and did my doctorate in physics, where I studied the behavior of proteins in simu­lations. Afterwards I ended up in computer science at IAI, where I continue my research as a postdoc and coordinate the interdisciplinary graduate school HIDSS4Health.

Katharina Löffler
Katharina Löffler

The natural sciences have fascinated me since school, unfortunately, I could not study all of them. I decided to study electrical engineering and information technology at KIT, where I specialized in signal processing in my Master’s. In my PhD at IAI I develop tracking algorithms to track biological cells over time.

Lisa Petani
Lisa Petani

During my studies of mechanical engineering at KIT, I spezialized in the fields of medical technology and robotics in my master’s degree. Subsequently, I started my PhD at IAI, where I further specialized in the field of medical technology. In my PhD I am working on inkjet-printed sensors, which are developed for application in various medical devices.

Martha Maria Frysztacki
Martha Maria Frysztacki

“There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics” is a quote from Archimedes. I desired to understand most of the incredible and, hence, chose to study math. Still, I find many things incredible ... But now I can apply the abstract tools of mathematics in different fields. For instance in my PhD in informatics at the KIT. Here, I implement and analyse future model scenarios of various climate objectives, such as those of the Paris agreement or the climate goals 2035 / 2050 of the European Comission.

Elisabeth Zeyen
Elisabeth Zeyen

I always found many different topics interesting and it was difficult for me to decide what to do next after leaving school. After a good deal of thought, I decided to study physics, where I first specialized in condensed matter. After graduating, I was drawn to the IAI by the diverse and interesting topic of the energy transition. In my PhD, I am now modeling future energy systems that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dominique SauerKIT
Dominique Sauer

From physics student with minor subjects in economics and education to scientific officer in energy research to a doctoral researcher at the department of mechanical engineering. Alongside, I offered workshops in adult education here and started a doctoral researcher represen­tation there. Resumes are usually not straightforward. And I find detours simply exciting. But they can also be difficult, which is why I have often sought support in my past when I needed it. As a mentor, I would like to offer you this support now.

Grushika Malve
Grushika Malve

From my childhood, I was very much fascinated with modern developments and the latest technologies. My first choice was to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Electronics and Communications. With this background, I specialized my Master’s in Digital Engineering and gained profound experience in wireless Industry 4.0 communications. Presently, I am working as a research assistant at KIT dealing with security concepts in the field of energy domain. I would be happy to support and guide KIT students in their future endeavors.

Ellen Förstner
Ellen Förstner

Each step towards understanding how everything works and interconnects makes our world even more fascinating. At least that’s how it works for me. This enthusiasm has never left me, even though my physics studies here at KIT, naturally, weren’t just a picnic. Since February 2021 I am doing my PhD here at IAI, working on the question: What’s up in the electrical power network (state estimation)? In my free time I do volunteer work in my sports club and I love to join in any handcrafting project.

Ghada Elbez
Ghada Elbez

I did my Master's degree in “Electrical Engineering and Computer Science” with a specialization in mechatronics where I worked on the topic of detection of faults and anomalies for my Master Thesis in applied research in Industry. To continue working on this interesting research area, I decided to do a PhD thesis at the IAI. The focus of my current research work is to enhance the cyber-physical security in modern energy systems and my PhD topic takes up the challenge of securing the availability of the communication traffic in IEC 61850 substations through the development of an adapted anomaly detection method. Within the mentoring program, I would like to offer my experience with respect to my research as well as to support in personal development and decision-making for future career paths.