Photo of Mathias Stolpe

From Senior Researcher to Professor

Monday 03 Jun 19

About Mathias Stolpe

  • Born in 1972 in Sweden
  • Moved to Denmark in 2003 
  • Married to Pia, and they have to girls together, Freja (10) and Selma (5) 
  • The family lives in Hørsholm

Mathias holds an education as Doctor of Technology within the field of optimization from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm i 2003. In 2013, he became dr. techn. From DTU. 
His research is within the field of structural and multidisciplinary optimization and has its focal point on the development of mathematical models and numerical algorithms. 


Mathias Stolpe arrived at DTU Risø in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed Professor MSO and in 2019, he was appointed Professor.

He is sitting in his office thinking back on all the things, he has experienced since he moved from DTU Mathematics in 2011 and started his career at Risø. His name is Mathias Stolpe, and he is 46 years old. 

Only one month after, he began at Risø, DTU and Risø merged, and his new workplace was thus renamed DTU Wind Energy.

Thinking back also brings forward the question about the future. Where is Mathias Stolpe headed?

”Back in 2007, I made a plan. The plan was to become Professor. That is a goal I have reached now. I do not have a new plan yet, but I’m working on it,” he says with a smile on his face.

Loves to supervise

It is only a few years ago, that Mathias Stolpes life took a new turn. In 2015, he was appointed Professor MSO. Professor MSO is a position offered to excellent lecturers, and it is a fixed-term position for five to eight years. Mathias Stolpe was appointed a five-year position, but four years later, he switched the position with a permanent position as Professor.

As a Professor, one of the most important features is to teach and that is something, Mathias Stolpe loves:

“It is very time demanding to supervise, but it is also very rewarding, and I can say without a doubt that I really like supervising. I am supervising four PhD-projects at the moment, and nothing would make me want to give that up,” he says and continues:

“It gives me a great amount of satisfaction to see, how the students evolve into becoming an independent researcher. It is also a way of getting close to people.”


During his time at DTU, Mathias Stolpe has supervised 13 PhD-students.

Even though he spends a lot of time teaching and supervising, he also finds time to do research. 18 months ago, he launched the project Selma, funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond, DFF).

”The aim of the research project is to develop models for optimization and numerical techniques to flawless design of cargo bearing constructions.”