Faculty Profile: Stefan Bechtluft-Sachs
|Professor Stefan Bechtluft-Sachs
Though his academic expertise is in surfaces, Professor of Mathematics
Stefan Bechtluft-Sachs has much more than a superficial interest in the
world around him. When he completed the last of his many degrees in 1993
at the University of Mainz in Germany, he moved to Regensburg to start
teaching. He then decided to apply for a teaching position that would
allow him to travel and learn about new parts of the world. He weighed
the atmosphere, the working conditions, and his personal interest in the
various offers he received, and chose Lebanon as his new home.
The transition has not been difficult. "I can find anything I want
here," Bechtluft-Sachs says of Beirut, which, to him, has a very
European feel. He was also very favorably impressed with the people of
Lebanon, who welcomed him warmly and are always friendly and communicative.
Being closer to his wife, a mathematics professor in Cyprus, was another
plus for his choice of Lebanon.
AUB's beautiful campus has also made a good impression on Bechtluft-Sachs,
as have the AUB students. He finds his pupils interested and focused,
and only wishes he could know them better. Since most of his courses are
very large classes, it is difficult to give students the personal attention
they deserve. He is nonetheless pleased by the large number of students
enrolled in the fields of math and engineering. In addition to teaching,
Bechtluft-Sachs is engaged in research on the subject of curvature. Though
it is difficult to make time for this, he feels that research is important
to both faculty and students, and is determined to persevere.
Bechtluft-Sachs is eager to explore more of Lebanon and is looking into
buying a small car to tour the surrounding countryside. He would also
like to continue one of his favorite pastimes, bicycling, but thinks the
streets of Beirut may be a little too adventurous for that.
Bechtluft-Sachs has extensive travel plans for the summer. He will make
a trip back to Regensburg to do some work there and make another trip
to Berkley, California. He also plans to give a few lectures in Beijing,