Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zylka
Waldemar Zylka is Professor of Physics and Medical Engineering at the Faculty of Physical Engineering, Westphalian University, Campus Gelsenkirchen.
He is ranked among top ten scientists of Westphalian University (2023). He has co-/authored numerous publications, has served on program committees at several international conferences in physics, medical imaging and engineering.
He is member of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), Germany's largest, oldest and most prestigious scholarship foundation.
Collaborating with international universities he is conducting PhD thesis in his PME laboratory. Numerous students prepared outstanding, nationaly and internationaly recognized student’s Bachelor and Master theses supervised by and based on Zylka's research interests have been awarded and honored as the yearly best theses of the Westphalian University.
He is leading the PME laboratory with research activities in system biology, specifically mathematical cancer modelling and its personalized medical usage through imaging technologies like MRI, CT and MPI and other techniques, e.g. image analyses and image guidance in therapy. Another research focus is modelling and design of coils and calculation of near-field electromagnetic field applied to MRI, MPI and other modalities with emphasis on quality and risk management.
He is continuously serving as reviewer for a number of international journals and various research programs, e.g. of the European Community. He is an international partner in the Brazilian PISA project at USP São Paulo investigating imaging with a 7T MRI system.
He is member of the German Physical Society (DPG), German Medical Physics Scienty (DGMP), German Society of Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT), and Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (PK NRW). He is founding memeber of the Westphalian Institute of Health. He is co-initiator, idealizer, developer, and programm-chairman of the first German study program on Medical Radiology Technology (BSc) implemented by Technische Akademie Wuppertal e.V. (since 2019) formerly by Haus der Technik e.V. Essen (since 2014), respectively.
He has received a number of honorary research and visiting professor fellowships among others to the University of Dundee, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, (UFSCar). He initialized, founded and directed the UNIBRAL exchange program (2008-2012), which provided scholarships for more than 40 students to undertake an exchange semester in Brazil or Germany, respectively. He founded and is leading the research and students exchange with the University of Dundee (Scottland) and other Universities in Europe.
Postions at the Westfalian University (incomplete, not ranked):
- Co-founder of the program Medizinische Radiologietechnologie
- Head of examination board Medizinische Radiologietechnologie
- Initiator of international academic research & exchange links
- Initiator and head of the UNIBRAL exchange program to UFSCar
- Member of the examination board (Physikalische Technik)
- Founding member of the Westphalian Institute of Health
- Longtime member of the senate of the Westfalian University
- Longtime member of the faculty cuncil Physikalische Technik