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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


There is currently no application. The next call for applications is expected to be in 2025.



These are the mentors:

Nathalie Klug

Nathalie Klug

In my mechanical engineering studies, I specialised in robotics and medical technology. I started my PhD in October 2022, and I am currently working on automatic imaging and 3D modelling of biological organisms for biodiversity research. Since I was a mentee in the first round of the IAI's MINToring program and this helped me a lot in my decision to pursue a PhD, I am happy to continue to be involved as a mentor.

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 going on in the power grid right now? In my free time I do volunteer work in my sports club and I love to join in any handcrafting activity.


Rebecca Bauer

How do the systems and methods look that build the energy transition? This curiosity led me to the IAI after my maths and computer science studies. At the IAI I am now optimising electricity networks and looking in to redispatch 2.0. Besides the PhD I am interested in topics concerning socienty and, hence, also female empowerment. That is why I am happy to show some female students the research world in the MINToring programme.

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.

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.

Sophie Xing An

Sophie Xing An

I have always been curious about the backgrounds and effects of all kinds of physical phenomena and technical concepts.

During my studies in electrical engineering and information technology, I was able to live out quite a bit of this curiosity and was able to gain insights into many exciting and different engineering topics, such as medical technology, solid-state electronics and power engineering.

Afterwards, I started my PhD here at IAI and dedicated myself to a deeper dive into a single topic, namely the control of microgrids, which is of interest with the growing percentage of decentral energy sources.


Karin Chen

I studied medical technology at the University of Stuttgart and came to KIT in 2022 for my PhD. For more than two years now, I have been working on polymer 3D printing processes, first at the Fraunhofer Institute and now at KIT. In particular, I am fascinated by the complexity and potential of inkjet-based 3D printing. The topic of my PhD at IAI therefore deals with the process optimization of this high-resolution manufacturing method. I find the mentoring program a great way to bring together future female graduates and doctoral students. I look forward to the intensive exchange with you and hope to be able to support you with your questions.

Nan Liu
Nan Liu

I did my master's degree in Electrical Engineering, where I specialized in signal processing and machine learning algorithms. After completing my master's thesis in industry and gaining valuable experience there, I realized that my real interest lies in research. This led me to pursue my PhD at IAI in October 2023, where I am currently focusing on data management for energy systems.

I hope to support young women in STEM fields and believe the MINToring program is an excellent platform to share my experiences and insights. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping guide you on your career journey, offering support and advice based on my own academic and professional experiences.

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