Prof. Dr. Matthias Gerdts studied Mathematics with minor Computer Science at the University of Technology Clausthal, Germany, and graduated in 1997. He received his doctoral degree in 2001 and his Habilitation in 2006 from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2003 he was a visiting professor atthe University of California, San Diego. From 2004 to 2007 he held a junior professorship for numerical optimal controlat the Department of Mathematics of the University ofHamburg, Germany, and moved to a lecturer position for mathematical optimization at the University of Birmingham, U.K., from 2007 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010 he was an associate professor for optimal control at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Since 2010 he is a full professor for engineering mathematics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. His primary research interests are optimal control, optimization techniques, model-predictive control, differential-algebraic equations, and sensitivity analysis with applications in automotive systems, robotics, and aerospace engineering.