A Simula Milestone: 100 PhD dissertations

This Friday, Øyvind Evju became the 100th PhD candidate to defend his thesis at Simula. Joakim Sundnes, now a Senior Research Scientist, was the first to defend his thesis at Simula's Fornebu office in March 2002.

Simula was created in 2001, and the first dissertation defense took place at Fornebu March 2002. Since then, an increasing number of candidates have completed their dissertation work at Simula, which is presently at a yearly rate of about 10 candidates.

On Friday the 13th of January Øyvind Evju became the 100th candidate with the thesis Computational hemodynamics in cerebral aneurysms: Robustness of rupture risk indicators under different model assumptions. Evju's thesis investigates how to create computer simulations of blood flow through aneurysms in the brain, which are liable to burst and cause life-threatening strokes. 

In the years 2011-2015 Simula has had a yearly average of 9.6 PhD candidates successfully defend their thesis. This rate is comparable to the high numbers of the national universities, business schools and the Norwegian School of Economics. Additionally, 86% of the PhD candidates at Simula successfully finish their thesis. Among the diffferent ICT educations in Norway, the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen is the only institution with a higher completion rate.

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