PhD defense

Wednesday 19 May at 15:00 I will be presenting my thesis “Multiscale models and simulations for diffusion and interaction in heterogeneous domains” in front of a committee led by professor Björn Engquist. Both the physical and the digital version of the thesis have been published today, and the digital version is available here. In this post I discuss the schedule of my upcoming defense and how you can join.

A PhD defense in mathematics in Sweden usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours. During this period, a committee of international experts in the subject area, examine the candidate to see if the work they present merits awarding them a PhD degree. The defense has the following structure: it starts with the opponent, who leads the committee, giving a 10-minute introduction into the field of research. After the introduction, the candidate has around 45 minutes to present their contributions to the field. The opponent proceeds by discussing the work with the candidate and when the opponent is satisfied, the other members of the committee take their turns discussing the work with the candidate.

When all committee members are satisfied (which is not subject to any time limits), the committee retreats to discuss the quality of the candidate and their work. When they come to a conclusion, they return to pass their judgment on the candidate, and the candidate hears whether they have passed the PhD exam.

My opponent will be professor Björn Engquist, from The University of Texas at Austin, USA. With a successful and productive research career spanning over 40 years, he is a well-known expert in multiscale modeling and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The rest of my committee consists of associate professor Mariya Ptashnyk (University of Heriot-Watt, United Kingdom), associate professor Varvara Kouznetsova (University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and professor Anders Szepessy (KTH, Sweden).

Since the defense is a public event, anyone is welcome to attend. This is facilitated even more now that the defense is conducted online. If you’re interested, feel free to attend. You can find the Zoom link here.