November 8, 2018 /

Honorary doctorate for Prof. Michael A. Celia

At this year’s Annual Celebration, the University of Stuttgart will award Michael A. Celia an honorary doctorate.

Michael Celia, Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, has been Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute since 2017 and is now being honoured with an honorary doctorate from the University of Stuttgart for his achievements in the field of “Complex Processes in Porous Media”.

The proposal for conferring a Dr.-Ing. E.h. was made by the Stuttgart Centre for Simulation Science. Prof. Celia was already awarded the Argyris Visiting Professorship of the Cluster of Excellence SimTech in 2015; in this context, he presented the Argyris Lecture on “Modelling Approaches for CO2 Sequestration in Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs”. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Collaborative Research Centre 1313 (SFB 1313) and is thus closely associated in many ways with SimTech and the University of Stuttgart.

"Mike Celia’s achievements in the field of simulation science are extraordinary. His work is essential for the goals and visions of SimTech and SFB 1313. In addition to all his scientific achievements, which are outstanding, he is extremely likeable, which has made cooperating with him so pleasant for us and for everyone else. By awarding him this honorary doctorate, we would like to show him how important his work is and how much influence it has had on scientific research”, underlines Prof. Rainer Helmig, spokesperson of SFB 1313.

From the Tribute

Mike Celia is an outstanding scientist who has contributed significantly to our understanding of numerical methods for flow and transport processes in porous media. He has achieved this both through his scientific work and through his outstanding commitment in communicating his findings to young scientists. At the same time, he can look back on an extremely extensive body of work of the highest quality, covering many research areas of environmental flow and transport processes from basic numerical methods to the analysis of experiments on the field scale. With this research, Celia has proven that he is one of the few researchers in the world to have the knowledge of both mathematics and physics necessary to make new, innovative and important contributions. His research results have been published in more than 200 articles in scientific journals.

Association with the University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart and Professor Mike Celia have been cooperating closely for many years in both research and education. He contributed significant ideas for the development of the scientific concept of the International Research Training Group NUPUS and provided decisive impulses for the successful acquisition of the new SFB 1313 “Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media”.

Annual Celebration

The Annual Celebration will take place on 16th November 2018 in lecture hall 17.01, Keplerstraße 17 (KII) in the 1st basement and will start at 4 pm.

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Colloquium in honour of Michael Celia (registration required!)

The Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems will kick off the celebrations for Michael Celia with a colloquium entitled “From theory to applications – key questions and solutions for bridging the gap in porous-media research”.

The colloquium will take place on 16th November 2018 from 9:30 am to 1 pm. In order to register for the event, please contact Prudence Lawday ( by 12th November 2018.

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