Frank Löffler

My strong background in software design and development stems from years of immersion in cutting-edge, international software development teams. This primarily includes scientific software development, often assessing and using the latest available technology. Thus, I contribute to activitis that highlight software development and its role especially in science, e.g., WSSSPE, Force11, and I am one of the main founders of the German chapter of the RSE community: de-RSE.

One of my current scientific interests is the behavior of matter in strongly curved environments, where both the dynamics of nuclear matter as well as general relativity are important. A lot of my current research involves simulations of neutron stars, either as single neutron stars that may undergo instabilities, or together with a companion that is either a black hole or another neutron star. Research in this direction is particularly timely and urgent, as gravitational waves from neutron star binaries are expected to be observed in the near future, potentially making a direct connection between such systems and short gamma-ray bursts.

I led research projects in numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics and community software engineering. I also consulted LSU faculty and staff in questions of technology and software development. This included efficient use of current IT infrastructure, as well as strategic planning with future trends in mind. To follow and understand the ever-increasing influence of digital technologies on society, future job markets and teaching methods is going to be even more than in the past essential for success. Communicating this to the next generation is one of my motivations to offer lectures at elementary schools, to train and mentor robotics teams at local schools, and to teach regular college courses.


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