Outsiders' perspective

A committed, competent and widely diversified advisory board provides advice and support for Fraunhofer IPM.

Advisory Board

Dr. Manfred Jagiella, Chairman of the Advisory Board

The mechanical engineerering graduate and Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering is managing director of Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co.KG since 2007 and member of the executiuve board of Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG since 2016. Dr. Jagiella is member of the board of ZVEI Baden-Württemberg. He is also voluntarily engaged at the economic senate of the BVMW, as a european economic senator at the EWS and as a commercial judge at the Landgericht Stuttgart.

Dr. Bernd Dallmann

Dr. Bernd Dallmann

After completing his postgraduate and undergraduate studies in economics, he first worked in the German Federal Ministry of Finance, then in the field of pharmacy and for the State Horticultural Show in Freiburg. Since 1987 he has been Managing Director of FWTM – a company responsible for promoting business and tourism. Today he is the guiding spirit behind the label »GreenCity Freiburg«, which highlights the ecological profile of Freiburg.

Dr. Hans Eggers

Dr. Hans Eggers

After completing his doctorate in Würzburg in 1985, the qualified biologist spent a number of years working in university research and in business. In 1992, he entered the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology (now: Federal Ministry of Education and Research), where, as a deputy head of department, he is responsible for project funding in the field of photonics.

Thomas Graf

Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Thomas Graf studied physics, mathematics and astronomy in Bern. After his habilitation in Applied Physics in 2001, he was appointed assistant professor in 2002. Since june 2004, Graf is university professor and director of the »Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge« at the University of Stuttgart. Since February 2013, he is vice rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the University of Stuttgart.

Dr. Ehrentraud Graw

Dr Graw is head of the department responsible for production technology and automotive engineering in the Ministry of Finance and Economics in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Since 1989, she has been responsible for technical issues in the field of production technology and automotive engineering for the state administration of Baden-Württemberg. After her undergraduate studies in national economics at the University of Mannheim, she completed her postgraduate degree in 1984.

Siegfried Groß

Siegfried Groß

An electrical engineering graduate, he began his career in 1984 in the team for optical measurement techniques at HP Hewlett Packard. Later he worked as a manager in the research and development department. In 1999, the division became an independent company under the name of Agilent Technologies. In 2014, the »electronic measurement techniques« unit became an independant company under the name of Keysight Technologies Deutschland GmbH, where Mr. Groß now holds the position of CEO.

Gerhard Kleinpeter

Gerhard Kleinpeter studied mechanical engineering at the TU Munich. In 1987, he started his career at BMW AG, working in the central planning  »Technology Assembly«. 2004 he took over the »Process- and quality support assembly« at the Munich plant. Today, Mr. Kleinpeter is general project manager in the field of new technology approaches and impulse projects for all production technologies and BMW plants from FIZ (Forschungs- und Ingenieurszentrum).

Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus

Gunther Neuhaus, a native of Austria, received his doctor’s degree in botany and cell biology at the University of Salzburg in 1980. He qualified as professor at the ETH Zurich in 1993. After periods of study and research in New York and Singapore, he accepted a professorship at the University of Freiburg where he currently holds the post of vice rector for research.

Dr. Volker Nussbaumer

Dr. Volker Nussbaumer

As a doctor of physics, he began his career in projects with the European Union. For 15 years he has been employed in the Deutsche Telekom corporation. After various positions in the engineering and marketing divisions, he is currently head of the center for Value-Added Services. In this role he is responsible for information, out-of-home media, public telephony, conferencing service telephony and mobile value-added services as divisional head .

Dr. Christian Schmitz

Dr. Christian Schmitz received his doctor’s degree at the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge at the University of Stuttgart. In 1999, he started at TRUMPF in Schramberg in the development department, from 2005 on he was member of the management as head of research and development for materials processing. Since 2010, he is managing director of Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, responsible for development, research and production in the business unit laser technology.

Dr. Knut Siercks

Dr. Knut Siercks, an electrical engineer, took over the strategic development of core technologies at Leica Geosystems AG in 2001. In parallel, Knut Siercks has built up and headed the central research and development organization of the company. In 2008, Knut Siercks became director of the new central R&D department and of technology development in the Hexagon group, where, in 2015, he took the position of CTO. Since 2016 Mr. Siercks holds the position of Vice President Global Product Development & Innovation at Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG.

Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck

Dr. Michael Totzeck

A qualified lecturer in physics, he has been working for Carl Zeiss since 2002, where he holds the position of Fellow in the specialist career path. In June 2013 Totzeck was appointed honorary professor by the University of Konstanz. His expertise encompasses optical measurement techniques, high-resolution microscopy, lithography as well as electromagnetic light/structure interactions and polarization optics. He is an author/co-author of more than 50 patent families and more than 30 scientific publications.