Curriculum Vitae


Jörg Bernsdorf studied Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Oldenburg. In 1994 he finished his Diplomarbeit (master thesis) on "Computer Simulation of Complex Geometry Flows using the Lattice Boltzmann Method" at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of Marine Environment (ICBM) in the complex systems group (KoSy) of Prof. Schellnhuber.

Academic Research

From 1994 to 1999 he was a research staff member in the Numerical Fluid Mechanics Group at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (LSTM) / University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Under the supervision of Prof. Durst he established there the "Lattice Boltzmann Group", which was mainly concerned with the development of the lattice Boltzmann code BEST and its application in the areas of chemical engineering, porous media flow and automobile aerodynamics.

Jörg Bernsdorf received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam as an external Ph.D. student in the Section Computational Science (SCS) under supervision of Peter Sloot and Alfons Hoekstra in January 2008. His thesis "Simulation of complex flows and multi-physics with the Lattice-Boltzmann method" is available at the Digital Academic Repository of the University of Amsterdam.

From 2010 to 2015 Jörg Bernsdorf was a Senior Scientist in the group Applied Supercomputing in Engineering at the German Research School of Simulation Sciences in Aachen. There he built up a team related to numerical research in medical physics, supervised the CFD-related software development and was responsible for the lecture "Supercomputing in Engineering" at RWTH Aachen University.

Industrial Research

In 1999 he joined the NEC Research Laboratories Europe near Bonn, Germany. Until the research lab was closed end of 2009, his research activities at NEC were in the area of lattice Boltzmann computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software development for high performance vector/parallel computers (HPC), with a special focus on complex flows and cardio-vascular applications.

At NEC he initiated the International Lattice Boltzmann Development Consortium to realise the implementation of a cutting edge Lattice Boltzmann software package together with various academic and industrial partners.


Private interests are travelling, Japanese language, arts and culture.