Past Networking Dialogs

Nov. 06, 2018 Dialog with Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker
Scientific Director & Head of Dept. Augmented Vision of DFKI
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July 10, 2018 Dialog with Dr. Kauth & Mrs. Frenzel
 Managing Director & Director HR of General Dynamics European Land Systems Germany
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April 11, 2018 Dialog with Dr. Christian Salzig
Responsible for Mathematical Modeling at Fraunhofer ITWM
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March 07, 2018 

Dialog with Dr. Thomas Kuhn
Division Manager Embedded Systems at Fraunhofer IESE

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Feb. 06, 2018 Dialog with Mr. Kai S. Utzinger
CSO of the Digital Devotion Group GmbH
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Jan. 04, 2018

Dialog with Mr. Kai-Uwe Kretschmann
Sales Manager Export of psb Intralogistics 

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May 08, 2017 Dialog with Prof. Peter Pickel
Deputy Director of the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center Kaiserslautern
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April 10, 2017 Dialog with Prof. Dr. Helmut Schmidt
President of TU Kaiserslautern
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April 3, 2017

Dialog with Prof. Dieter Rombach
Director Business Development Fraunhofer IESE
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March 7, 2017 Dialog with Dr. Stefan Wess
CEO of the Empolis Information Management GmbH
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Nov 10, 2016 Dialog with Peter Winternheimer
Plant Manager of OPEL Kaiserslautern
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Sept 21, 2016 Dialog with Prof. Poetzsch-Heffter
Vice President for Research & Technology of TU KL
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Sept 05, 2016 Dialog with Dr.Jörg Dörr
Head of Division Information Systems at Fraunhofer IESE
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June 06, 2016 Dialog with Dr.Manfred Bobertag
Managing Director of PMB Präzionsmaschinenbau Bobertag
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April 12, 2016 Dialog with Prof. Norbert Wehn
The Vice President for Student & Academic Affairs & Head of the Microelectronic Systems Design Research Group of TU Kaiserslautern
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March 31, 2016 Dialog with Mr. Manfred Gellrich
The Plant Manager of OPEL Kaiserslautern
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March 09, 2016 Dialog with Dr. Daniel Schneider
Head of Dept. Quality Assurance of Embedded Systems at the Fraunhofer IESE

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Feb 22, 2016 Dialog with Dr.Becker
Director Software Quality Assurance at the proAlpha Software GmbH
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Dec 03, 2015

Dialog with Mr.Löffler 

Senior Consultant Human Resources Management at Robert BOSCH Ltd.

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July 14, 2015

Dialog with 2 Daimler AG Managers: Mr. Weber & Mr. Zapp

Senior Manager R&D: Specification and Testing & Manager HR: Global Talent Acquisition & Development at Daimler

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May 18, 2015

Dialog with Prof. Rupak Majumdar

Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

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May 04, 2015

Dialog with Prof. Ralf Korn

Technology Ambassador of the City of Kaiserslautern

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Feb 24, 2015

Dialog with Prof. Andreas Dengel

Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

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Jan 02, 2015

Dialog with Mr. Wolfram Menser

proALPHA Software

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Nov 03, 2014

Dialog with Mr. Peter Winternheimer

OPEL Kaiserslautern

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Sep 18, 2014

Dialog with Prof. Dr. Francis, Scientific Director

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

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Aug 25, 2014

Dialog with Mrs. Mast, Chairwoman of the executive board & HR responsible

PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG

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Aug 14, 2014

Dialog with Prof. Dr. Neunzert, Founder of ITWM

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM)

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Sep 04, 2013

Dialog with Mr. Gopinathan & Ms. Lei Jiang, HR Marketing and Strategic Recruiting (India & China)

KOB Braun & Co KG

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Nov 12, 2013

Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

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Oct 15, 2012

Dialog with Mr. Martin Haag and Mr. Klaus Schewe

Roche Diagnostics GmbH Mannheim

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July 16, 2012

Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

John Deere

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July 03, 2012

Dialog with Dr. Friedhelm Geiger

Siemens AG

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June 18, 2012

Dialog with Mr. Ames and Mr. Löffler

Robert BOSCH GmbH

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May 02, 2012

Dialog with Prof. Dieter Rombach

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

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April 23, 2012

Dialog with Johannes Heger

HegerGuss

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March 31, 2011

Dialog with Anja Kleyboldt

OPEL Kaiserslautern

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April 21, 2011

Dialog with Dr. Klaus Weichel

Lord Mayor of Kaiserslautern

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May 09, 2011

Dialog with Prof. Janusz Filipiak

Comarch Global Inc.

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May 23, 2011

Dialog with Max Albrecht

Alkoma Maschinenbau e.K.

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June 20, 2011

Dialog with Joachim Molz

Wikon Kommunikationstechnik GmbH

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Aug 11, 2011

Dialog with Dr. Gerhard Braun

Karl Otto Braun GmbH & Co KG

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Sep 01, 2010

Dialog with Andreas Traut

Networking Dialog with Prof. Dr. Stricker

The Scientific Director & Head of Department Augmented Vision at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

About Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker:

  • Prof. Dr. Stricker studied in France (INPG, Grenoble) & Germany (Technical University Karlsruhe
  • In 1997 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (Fraunhofer IGD), where he started first works in Augmented Reality & co-initiated the project ARVIKA (1999-2002) and the visionary project ARCHEOGUIDE (1999-2002)
  • After earning his PhD from the University Darmstadt in 2002, Mr. Stricker led the department “Virtual & Augmented Reality” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphic (Fraunhofer IGD) in Darmstadt, Germany
  • After being appointed full professor at TUK in 2008, he founded the department “Augmented Vision” at TUK and DFKI, where he now serves as Scientific Director
  • Prof. Stricker received the Innovation Prize of the German Society of Computer Science in 2006, he got several best paper awards and registered several patents on tracking and augmented reality.

About the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

  • The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 and is one of the world's largest nonprofit contract research institutes for software technology based on artificial intelligence (AI) methods
  • Research facilities are located in the German cities of Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen & Berlin
  • DFKI conducts contract research in virtually all fields of modern AI, including image & pattern recognition, knowledge management,intelligent visualization & simulation, deduction & multi-agent systems, speech- & language technology, intelligent user interfaces, business informatics & robotics.

Networking Dialog with Dr. Kauth & Mrs. Frenzel

The Managing Director & Director HR of General Dynamics European Land Systems Germany GmbH:

About Dr. Kauth:

  • Dr. Christian Kauth earned his PhD in 2006 at the University of Heidelberg in the field of Molecular Biology
  • In 2006, he joined General Dynamics European Land Systems-Germany as Director Program Management
  • Since 2013, Dr. Kauth is Managing Director & Vice President of Bridge Systems, responsible for for the Bridge Product portfolio within the European Cooperation & for the complete operation the GDELS–Germany sites in KL & Sembach

About Mrs. Frenzel:

  • Mrs. Frenzel is (post) graduate in Business Administration & Economical Law and Certified HR Development Manager
  • Before joining General Dynamics European Land Systems-Germany she worked as branch & department manager at Manpower GmbH & Co. KG.
  • In 2006, she joined General Dynamics European Land Systems-Germany as HR Development Manager & Local Ethics Officer. Today she is Director of Human Resources.

About the General Dynamics European Land Systems Germany GmbH:

  • General Dynamics European Land Systems is a Europe based business unit of General Dynamics Corporation & headquartered in Madrid, Spain
  • 1,800 employees; sites in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Switzerland
  • Product range from wheeled armored & tracked combat vehicles to amphibious bridges & ferry systems
  • Formerly known as EWK (Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern), which was renamed General Dynamics European Land Systems- Germany when it was acquired in October 2002
  • The company is organized into four specific business groups: Wheeled Vehicles, Tracked Vehicles & Artillery Systems, Bridge Systems and Integrated Logistic Support

Networking Dialog with Dr. Christian Salzig

The Responsible for Mathematical Modeling of Fraunhofer ITWM (Dept "System Analysis Prognosys and Control") 

About Dr. Christian Salzig:

  • Dr. Christian Salzig is graduate of TU Kaiserslautern where he received a diploma in Technomathematics, including the minor subject of electrical engineering
  • From 2005 to 2008, he was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship of the Graduate School of the Department of Mathematics, TU Kaiserslautern.
  • Since 2008, he has been scientific assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), where he is responsible for Mathematical Modeling  within the Department of System Analysis, Prognosis & Control
  • His main fields of research include: Statistics, modeling of nonlinear dynamical systems, and control theory.

About Fraunhofer ITWM:

  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics was founded in 1995, emanating from the research group for technomath founded at TUK in the 80ies & the Institute for Industrial Mathematics, incorporated into the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in 2001
  • Core competencies of ITWM: Processing of data acquired from experiments & observations, Drafting of mathematical models, Implementation of mathematical problem-solving in numerical algorithms, Summarization of data, models & algorithms in simulation programs, Optimization of solutions in interaction with the simulation, Visualization of simulation runs in images and graphic
  • Main fields of its activity within applied mathematics: Numeric, optimization, stochastics, statistics, as well as differential equations

Networking Dialog with Dr. Thomas Kuhn

The Division Manager Embedded Systems (acting) of Fraunhofer IESE

About Dr. Thomas Kuhn:

  • Dr. Thomas Kuhn earned his PhD in 2009 at TU Kaiserslautern in the field of model-based development of wireless communication systems
  • Since 2008 he is working at Fraunhofer IESE in the Embedded Systems Division. From 2014 to 2017, he was heading the Embedded Software Engineering department, which has a focus on the engineering of Embedded Software- and E/E Architectures
  • He did build up the focus topic on virtual architecture engineering, as well as Automation/Industrie 4.0 as a new application domain of the embedded systems division
  • Since October 2017 he is acting division manager for the Embedded Systems division at Fraunhofer IESE.

About Fraunhofer IESE:

  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering develops innovative methods and solutions for the development of high-quality, complex information systems & embedded systems
  • It is one of 66 institutes & research units of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft
  • Institute Directors: Prof. Liggesmeyer & Prof. Rombach
  • Core competencies: Safety, Security, User Experience, Requirements, Architecture, Processes
  • Cross-Cutting Topics: Variation Management, Testing, Mobile SE, Integrated Quality Assurance, Measure- ment, Empiricism 

Networking Dialog with Mr. Kai S. Utzinger

The CSO & Partner of the Digital Devotion Group GmbH

About Mr. Kai S. Utzinger:

  • During his studies at the University of Mannheim Mr. Utzinger started to work in startups of the Rhein-Neckar region where he adopted the notion of the Digital World and got into Software, Sales & Scaling Business-Models
  • In the past years he became one of the youngest & most considered entrepreneurs in South-West Germany with his focus on Sales Strategy, Business Development & Digital Transformation Processes.
  • Subsequently he became CSO of the following list of companies:
  • 2014: Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of  UplinkIT GmbH Kaiserslautern
  • 2014: Co-Founder & CSO of ZReality GmbH Kaiserslautern
  • 2016: CSO of Xplando GmbH Kaiserslautern
  • 2017: Partner & CSO of DDG Benelux S.A. (Luxembourg)
  • 2017: Partner & CSO of the Digital Devotion Group GmbH - a group of high-tech companies focused on the digitization of companies & organizations

About the Digital Devotion Group GmbH - DDG:

  • The Digital Devotion Group GmbH is a group of high-tech companies focused on the digitization of companies & organizations
  • DDG Companies:  UplinkIT GmbH, ZREALITY GmbH, xplando GmbH, DT:HUB GmbH
  • DDG Mission: Our companies offer consultations with digital experts, individual software solutions, platforms as well as a digital campus to create innovation & growth
  • DDG Vision: DDG bundles the best digital expertise to guide its customers through their entire digital transformation process

Networking Dialog with Mr. Kai-Uwe Kretschmann

The Sales Manager Export of the psb Intralogistics GmbH Pirmasens

About Mr. Kai-Uwe Kretschmann

  • Mr. Kretschmann graduated from TUK in the field of industrial engineering in 1990
  • He then started his professional career in 1990 at the KSB AG, where he was part of the staff unit “Development of Internationalization Strategies” and  later on General Manager responsible for the launch of a sales-joint-venture in Hongkong and a production-joint-venture in Shanghai
  • After his time as sales engineer at KSB Homburg, he joined the psb Intralogistics GmbH in 1997, where he is now export manager and member of the executive board.

About psb Intralogistics:

  • Over the 130 years of company history, psb intralogistics has developed into one of the leading companies in Europe’s intralogistics sector
  • psb intralogistics plans & imple-ments integrated systems for the sto-rage &  flow of materials in both production & distribution
  • All production steps are concentrated in the head office in Pirmasens. This creates transparency throughout the entire project in design, construction, production, assembly, IT engineering, picking, maintenance and service – all from a single supplier
  • Multiple award winner: e.g 2009: for the development of a high-performance rotapick picking system, 2012: VDI Innovation Award for the development of an integrated solution consisting of the rotapick high-performance picking system and the vario.sprinter shuttle system.

Networking Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

The Deputy Director of the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center KL

About Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel:

  • He graduated from TU Berlin with a PhD Thesis on Tractor Ride Dynamics, his academic career includes the following phases:
  • 2000 – 2006: Director of Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Land Use Management (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
  • 2000-2010: Professor for Agricultural Engineering, Communal Machinery and Environmental Technologies (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
  • From 2007-2010 Prof. Pickel held the position as Manager Tractor Applications at John Deere Mannheim
  • Since 2010 he is Deputy Director at the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center Kaiserslautern
  • Furthermore he is lecturer at TU KL at the chair of of Design in Mechanical Engineering (KIMA) in Agricultural and construction machines

About John Deere & its European Technology Innovation Center:

  • Founded in 1837, today John Deere is a worldwide leading manufacturer of agricultural, forestry and construction site equipment as well as of machines for lawn care and ground maintenance.
  • Today, 60.000 employees are located at 65 factories & development centres in 18 countries, the worldwide turnover is 24 billion €.
  • The John Deere European Technology Innovation Center (JD ETIC) has been founded in 2010
  • It is a continuously growing branch of John Deere which develops, produces and distributes internationally supplier independent system solutions for agricultural machines
  • In addition, JD ETIC coordinates centrally research & development for the other German and European units in the field of basic technologies, respectively conducts R&D projectt
  • It cooperates closely with the John Deere Werke Mannheim & Zweibrücken

Dialog with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Schmidt

The President of TU Kaiserslautern

About Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Schmidt:

  • The President of TU Kaiserslautern earned his PhD with summa cum laude at the University of Münster
  • In 1992 he joined the research group of the later Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn at the Medical school at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF)
  • In 1990 he was awarded the “Bennigsen Foerder Prize” as leader of a research group within a major research programme (SFB)
  • 1995: Professorship of Biology from TU Kaiserslautern
  • 1996: Dean for the Department of Biology at TU KL
  • 1998: Vice president for Research & Technology, TU Kaiserslautern
  • 2002: President of TU Kaiserslautern, elected for a second term in 2007, and third term in 2013
  • 2005: Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Shonan Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Prof. Schmidt also holds the vice presidency for the German Professors Organization (Deutscher Hochschulverband), the presidency for the German Protozoological Society and several chair and board member positions for state and local foundations and organizations

About TU Kaiserslautern:

  • As the sole technology & natural sciences university in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, TU KL has acquired an impressive reputation since it was founded in 1970
  • The magazines Spiegel & Focus give it top rankings in a number of categories. In a national competition held in October 2009 it was given an award for “excellence in teaching”
  • Other features of TU KL include:
  • Future & practice-oriented studies
  • Strong cooperation with industry & renowned research facilities of the Science Alliance (e.g. DFKI, Fraunhofer, Max-Planck Institute etc.)
  • Excellent guidance of students thanks to a manageable size & an outstanding research infrastructure 

Networking Dialog with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Rombach

The Director Business Development at Fraunhofer IESE

About Prof. Dr. Rombach:

  • Having earned his PhD in Computer Science at TU KL, Prof. Rombach served as Executive Director of Fraunhofer IESE from its foundation in 1996 until 2014. In the beginning of 2015 he then became Director Business Development of Fraunhofer IESE
  • He held the Software Engineering Chair in the Department of Computer Science at TU KL since 1992
  • Dieter Rombach is Chairman of the Board of the Science Alliance Kaiserslautern, member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and a Fellow of ACM and IEEE Computer Society
  • He has authored more than 200 scientific publications, received numerous awards, and serves as scientific advisor to business, industry, and government

About Fraunhofer IESE:

  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering develops innovative methods and solutions for the development of high-quality, complex information systems & embedded systems
  • It is one of 66 institutes & research units of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft
  •  Institute Directors: Prof. Liggesmeyer & Prof. Rombach
  • Core competencies: Safety, Security, User Experience, Requirements, Architecture, Processes
  • Cross-Cutting Topics: Variation Management, Testing, Mobile SE, Integrated Quality Assurance, Measurement, Empiricism 

Networking Dialog with Dr. Stefan Wess

The CEO of Empolis Information Management GmbH

About Dr. Stefan Wess:

  • Dr. Stefan Wess graduated from TU Kaiserslautern and holds a PhD in Computer Science
  • His professional career includes roles as technical manager of the U.S. CRM software company Inference and executive board member at tecmath AG (Avid today) and CEO for tec:inno.
  • From 2000 to 2008, Stefan was CTO and later CEO of a Bertelsmann arvato AG subsidiary in Gütersloh, Germany, as well as CEO of arvato Middle East in Dubai.
  • He later became a member of the Attensity Group management board, based in Palo Alto, out of which Empolis was spun off as an independent company in 2012.
  • Stefan is a member of the DFKI Board of Directors and author of numerous books and articles in IT journals on Artificial Intelligence

About the Empolis Information Management:

  • Founded in 2012, Empolis is today the leading provider of Smart Information Management software
  • Empolis represents comprehensive creation, management, analysis, intelligent processing & provision of all relevant information needed for business processes, regardless of source, format, user, location or device
  • Empolis was voted in first place by "BigData-Insider.de" readers as "IT Company of the Year 2016" in the "Analytics" category and has been named multiple times in EContent’s list of the "100 Top Companies in the Digital Content Industry"
  • Empolis was named "Big Data Leader Germany" three consecutive times by the market analyst Experton Group as well as "Industry 4.0/IoT Leader “Germany 2017"
  • Empolis is also an associate of the DFKI & and a member of the Fraunhofer IAIS advisory board


Networking Dialog with Mr. Peter Winternheimer

The Head of the Opel Plant Kaiserslautern

About Mr. Peter Winternheimer:

  • Mr. Winternheimer graduated from TU Kaiserslautern as Mechanical Engineer in 1995
  • In the same year, he started working at the Opel plant Rüsselsheim as Quality Assurance Engineer
  • In the following years he successfully climbed the career ladder to group leader and Manager of Quality Assurance at the Opel Plants Eisenach and Bochum and abroad at Ellesmere Port in the UK
  • From 2011 to 2015, he had been working at Opel Kaiserslautern, finally as Interim Plant Manager
  • From 2015 - 2016, he was Director Manufacturing Engineering, Strategy & Planning at the Opel Plant Rüsselsheim
  • Since summer 2016, he is Head of the Opel Plant Kaiserslautern

About the Adam Opel AG:

  • Founded in 1862 by Adam Opel in Rüsselsheim
  • Subsidiary of General Motors (GM)
  • 10 production plants ( 3 in Germany) & 3 development hubs in 6 European countries
  • 34500 employees (Europe), 16500 in Germany

Networking Dialog with Prof. Dr. Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter

  • Prof. Poetzsch-Heffter, who was promoted to Professor in Computer Science at TU München in 1997, started his career at TU Kaiserslautern in 2002 as Professor in Software Engineering
  • From 2011-2014, he was Dean of the Department of Computer Science
  • Today he is Professor and Lecturer in the field of Software-Engineering, Head of the Software Technology Group, Board Member of the DFKI and member of the Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling(CM)2
  • Since September 2014, Prof. Poetzsch-Heffter is Vice President for Research & Technology of TU Kaiserslautern
  • As Vice President his areas of responsibility are: Promotion of research, internationalization of research, third party funded research, support of young scientists etc

About the Department of Computer Science of TU KL:

  • Founded in 1974, the Department today is one of the biggest faculties in Germany with 24 professors and >700 students
  • The Department and the research institutes of the Science Alliance KL carry out basic and application research in many modern subject areas of computer science. The main focus is the engineering-based construction of informatics systems
  • One of the Department’s most important working groups is the Software Technology Group, headed by Prof. Poetzsch-Heffter, focusing on topics such as software language design, generative software construction etc.

Dialog with Dr. Jörg Dörr

Networking Dialog with the Head of Division Information Systems at Fraunhofer IESE

About Dr. Jörg Dörr:

  • After graduating from TU Kaiserslautern with a PhD Degree in Computer Science, Dr. Jörg Dörr started his career at Fraunhofer (IESE) Kaiserslautern as head of the Requirements and Usability Engineering department
  • In 2013, he was Co-Chair of the REFSQ 2013 conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
  • Today, Dr. Dörr is head of the Information Systems division at Fraunhofer (IESE) Kaiserslautern
  • His work areas include all software engineering areas for information systems, with a special focus on requirements engineering
  • Furthermore, Dr. Dörr is lecturer at the TU KL in “Requirements Engineering” and author of more than 60 peer reviewed publications and member in many international and national program committees

About Fraunhofer IESE

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
  • develops innovative methods and solutions for the development of high-quality, complex information systems & embedded systems
  • one of 66 institutes & research units of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft
  • Core competencies: Safety, Security, User Experience, Requirements, Architecture, Processes
  • Cross-Cutting Topics: Variation Management, Testing, Mobile SE, Integrated Quality Assurance, Measurement, Empiricism

 

 

 


Dialog with Dr. Manfred Bobertag

  • Founded in 2006
  • Specialist in precision mechanical engineering and precision measurement systems
  • Managing Director: Dr. Manfred Bobertag
  • “Innovation Prize 2014” of Rhineland-Palatinate for "CASE-1D-CapaPerm", a cooperation project with the IVW (Institute for Composite Materials) of TU KL (resulting in a innovative system for the permeability measurement)
  • Website: www.pmb-bobertag.de

Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Wehn

Networking Dialog with the Vice President for Student & Academic Affairs & Head of the Microelectronic Systems Design Research Group of TU Kaiserslautern

About Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Wehn:

  • After graduating in Computer Engineering in 1984, Prof. Wehn continued his academic career at TU Darmstadt as PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at the Institute for Microelectronics
  • From 1991-1997, he pursued his career at the Siemens AG, where he got Head of the Product Development Section Standard Derivatives, Semiconductor Division
  • After being promoted to professor at TU Darmstadt in 1995, he accepted a C3 professorship offer at TU KL and later on in 2001 a C4 professorship for the Chair "Microelectronic Systems Design"
  • Since 2013, Prof. Wehn is Vice President for Student & Academic Affairs of TU KL and Technology Ambassador of the City of Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Wehn has more than 200 publications; he is member of several scientific advisory boards 8eg. GMM, ITG) and Committees of (inter)national conferences. Furthermore, he was being awarded several prizes and honors, most recently the HiPEAC Technology Transfer Award in 2015 and the Best Paper Award IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI 2015

About EIT / EMS:

  • The Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. of TU KL offers future oriented study programs and research in the fields of: Communications, Automation & Control/ Mechatronics, Power Systems, Embedded Systems/ Microelectronics
  • The Microelectronic Systems Design Research Group deals with efficient implementation of hardware and low-level software for embedded systems applications

Dialog with Mr. Manfred Gellrich

Networking Dialog with the Plant Manager of Opel Kaiserslautern

About Mr. Manfred Gellrich

  • After a practical formation as motor mechanic and studies in the field of mechanical engineering, Mr. Gellrich started his career at the Adam Opel AG in 1992:
  • at the plant Rüsselsheim & Eisenach as Manager in the fields of Body Construction and Paint Finishing Systems
  • In 2006, he got Head of Manufacturing and Deputy Plant Manager of Opel Bochum
  • Since January 1, 2015 he is Plant Manager of Opel Kaiserslautern

About the Adam Opel AG:

  • Founded in 1862 by Adam Opel in Rüsselsheim
  • Subsidiary of General Motors (GM)
  • 10 production plants (among which 3 in Germany) + 3 testing hubs in 6 European countries
  • 34.500 employees in Europe, among which 16.500 in Germany
  • Opel Kaiserslautern: opened in 1966 and is the centre of the components production in Europe

Dialog with Dr. Schneider

Networking Dialog with the Head of Dept. Embedded Systems Quality Assurance at Fraunhofer IESE

About Dr. Daniel Schneider

  • Mr. Schneider studied computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern & obtained his PhD in Computer Science (2014)
  • In 2004, he joined the Fraunhofer IESE, where he assumed different roles ranging from scientist via project manager to program manager
  • Since 2014, he is head of Dept. “Quality Assurance of Embedded Systems”

About Fraunhofer IESE

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
  • develops innovative methods and solutions for the development of high-quality, complex information systems & embedded systems
  • one of 66 institutes & research units of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft
  • Core competencies: Safety, Security, User Experience, Requirements, Architecture, Processes
  • Cross-Cutting Topics: Variation Management, Testing, Mobile SE, Integrated Quality Assurance, Measure- ment, Empiricism

Dialog with Dr. Becker

Networking Dialog with the Director Software Quality Assurance at the proALPHA Software GmbH

 

About Dr. Ulrich Becker

After earning his PhD in Physics at TU Kaiserslautern, he started his professional career at the Institute for New Materials (INM), Saarbrücken with a Focus on Nonlinear Optical Effects in nanoscaled metal particles and optical). Thereafter he worked at the Alfatec-Pharma GmbH, Heidelberg, Production of Embedded Nanoscaled Pharmaceutical Products and at the University of Saarland asHead of technical services and maintainance of medical equipment. Since 1999, he is part of the proALPHA Business Solutions GmbH, and nowadays in the position of Head of Software Quality Assurance.

About proALPHA Software GmbH

  • Founded in 1994
  • Reputation as one of the most innovative medium-sized companies
  • International leader in the ERP business, providing software, consulting, service, training and maintenance, all from one source
  • Fields of specialization: Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, High-tech industry, Metal    Processing, Plastics industry, Wholesale and Automotive & Supply

Dialog with Mr. Löffler

Networking Dialog with the Senior Consultant Human Resources Management at Robert BOSCH Ltd.

About Hartwig Löffler

After graduating from the University of Hohenheim in Economics, Hartwig Loffler held different positions in the field of Human Resources such as Recruiter at  MTU Aero Engines München, Team Leader HR at Daimler Chrysler (Stuttgart)  and different HR Positions at Robert BOSCH LTD. (Stuttgart, Homburg, Leinfelden). Currently he is Senior Consultant HR Management at he division Power Tools at Robert Bosch Ltd.

About the Robert BOSCH Ltd.

Founded in 1886 by Robert Bosch, nowadays the Robert BOSCH Ltd. is a German multinational engineering and electronics company with Headquarters in Stuttgart, but Areas served worldwide, The main fields of competence are: Automotive parts, power tools, security Systems, home appliance

 

 

Dialog with Michael Weber & Friedrich Zapp

Networking Dialog with 2 Managers of the Daimler AG

About Michael Weber

Senior Manager: Research & Development E/E & eDrive

After graduating from TU Kaiserslautern in Electrical Engineering, he started his career at Daimler in the field of E/E-Architecture. In 1995, he got Project leader of Torque-Control and three years later Manager of Transmission Systems Engineering. In 2001, Mr. Weber temporarily was part of the Technology Management of the Chrysler Group in the US. Back in Germany, in 2003, he continued his career at Daimler as Senior Manager Strategy and Senior Manager Vehicle Quality. Since 2010, Mr. Weber holds the position of Senior Manager Specification and Testing at the Daimler AG’s R&D Division.

About Friedrich Zapp

Manager Human Resources: CAReer the Top talent Program, Global Talent Acquisition & Development

Mr. Zapp, who earned his degree in Computer Science at TU Kaiserslautern started his professional career at ERNO Raumfahrttechnik GmbH, as Senior Software engineer in the field of space technology before joining the Daimler Benz AG in 1995 at its Virtual Reality Competence Center. During his career at the Daimler AG Stuttgart, he consequently held positions as IT-System Manager and CAReer Program Manager RD.
Currently he is performing the position of Manager Global Talent Acquisition & Development at the Human Resources Division, Daimler AG Stuttgart.

Dialog with Prof. Rupak Majumdar

Networking Dialog with the Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

About Prof. Rupak Majumdar

  • Born in 1975 in Mumbai, India
  • Bachelor degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in Computer Science (1998)
  • PhD in Computer Science from the University of California (2003)
  • Assistant (since 2003) then Associate (since 2008) and Full Professor (since 2010) of Computer Science at the University of California in Los Angeles
  • Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (since 2010), Kaiserslauten

About the Max Planck Insitute for Software Systems

  • One of 83 institutes run by Max Planck Society
  • world-class Basic Research in all Areas related to design, Analysis, modeling, implementation and Evaluation of complex Software Systems
  • Main Research fields:programming Systems, distributed & networked Systems, embedded & autonomous systems

 

 

 


 

 

Dialog with Prof. Ralf Korn

Networking Dialog with the Technology Ambassador of the City of Kaiserslautern and Professor for Financial Mathematics

About Prof. Ralf Korn

Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn studied Mathematics and Business Administration at the University of Mainz. He earned his PhD in 1993 and was promoted to professor in 1997. In between he conducted research at the Imperial College London. Since 1999, Prof. Dr. Korn has been professor for Mathematical Finance at the Department of Mathematics, TU Kaiserslautern. Furthermore, he has been spokes person of the Rhineland-Palatinate Research Center (CM) ², Head of the Department of Financial Mathematics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Technomathematics and Economathematic ITWM and since 2010 Managing Director at the European Institute for Quality Management actuarial methods and products EI-QFM (both located in Kaiserslautern).

About the Science Alliance Kaiserslautern e.V.

  • A consortium of high-profile science institutions, located next to the campus of the University of Kaiserslautern
  • With its 12 member institutions, the  Science Alliance forms a highly specialized multidisciplinary network
  • Provides scientists, students and cooperation partners from industry, economy and administration with innovative solutions based on the newest technologies and methods available
  • Among the member institutions: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI SWS), etc.

 

 

 


Dialog with Prof. Andreas Dengel

Networking Dialog with the Scientific Director at German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

About Prof. Andreas Dengel

  • Graduate of Computer Science and Economics at TU Kaiserslautern
  • Previous work: Siemens research lab (Munich), University of Stuttgart, Xerox Parc (CA, USA)
  • Internationally & locally renowned: youngest German Fellow of the International association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), active at Center of Human Factors, Institute für Technologie und Arbeit (ITA), etc.
  • Main concern: transfer of research – foundation & initiation of several start-up companies, e.g. Insiders Technologies (former CEO)
  • Scientific Director & Management Board member at DFKI
  • Leader of the Knowledge Management research department
  • Professor at Computer Science Department of TU KL (chair: “Knowledge-Based Systems”), professor at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

About German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

  • Founded in 1988
  • More than 430 researchers & 360 graduate students from over 60 countries working on more than 300 projects
  • Research facilities in: Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen, and a project office in Berlin
  • World’s largest research center for artificial intelligence, leading research center in innovative  commercial software technologies, belonging to the world’s most important “Centers of Excellence”
  • Development of product functions, prototypes & patentable solutions for information and communication technology
  • Excellent reputation for its academic training of young researchers: stepping stone to leading positions in industry and successful careers as founders of spin-off companies

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Dialog with Wolfram Menser

Manager International Development and former Executive Vice President of proALPHA Software Corporation

About Wolfram Menser

Mr. Menser studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH). In 1998, he started his career at proALPHA as a Logistics Consultant and Project Manager where he was given the opportunity to work for its American subsidiary, proALPHA Software Corporation, in New Hampshire from 1999 to 2002. While changing desks between Germany and the U.S. over the next 12 years he climbed the career ladder at the same time becoming the CEO/Managing Director of proALPHA Software Corporation in November 2004. After having successfully lead the American proAPLHA company for 10 years and back in Kaiserslautern, Mr. Menser was made Head of the International Business Development group at proALPHA's location in Weilerbach in November 2014.

 

About proALPHA

  • Fields of specialization: Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, High-tech industry, Metal Processing, Plastics industry, Wholesale and Automotive & Supply
  • 20 years of successful experience
  • International leader in the ERP business, providing software, consulting, service, training and maintenance, all from one source
  • Reputation as one of the most innovative medium-sized companies 8 times

 

Fast facts:

  • Founded in 1994
  • 550 employees
  • 27 subsidaries and certified partners
  • Approx. 1,700 customers in 50 countries

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Dialog with Peter Winternheimer

Plant Manager & Manufacturing Manager of Opel Kaiserslautern

About Peter Winternheimer

Mr. Winternheimer graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Kaiserslautern in 1995. In the same year, he started working at Opel's branch plant in Rüsselsheim in the position of Quality Assurance Engineer. In the following years he successfully climbed the career ladder to group leader and later even Manager of Quality Assurance. From 2006 on, Winternheimer gained more experience at other German Opel plants (Eisenbach and Bochum) and temporarily even worked abroad at Ellesmere Port in the UK, the most important production site of the Opel Astra-Series. Since 2011, he has been working at Opel-Kaiserslautern and now holds the position of the company's Plant Director. His long career at various Opel companies thus provided him with valuable leadership skills and professional expertise in quality assurance and management, which he can discuss with young students and graduates.

 

About Opel Kaiserslautern

  • opened in 1966
  • 2.250 employees
  • Products: Lightweight metal and diesel engines, Vehicle components for body and chassis made of plate or aluminum, e.g. side walls, hood, axis, and seat frames

 

Fast facts:

  • Founded in 1892
  • Subsidiary of General Motors (GM)
  • 18 factories worldwide, 5 in Germany
  • 35000 employees    (19000 in Germany)

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Dialog with Paul Francis

Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (KL & SB)

About Paul Francis

The American computer scientist, Paul Francis (educated in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the USA and UK), dedicates his research to privacy in advertising and analytics, computer networks, overlay and P2P networks. Besides a previous career with jobs in various research institutes, he also was Chief Scientist of two Silicon Valley startups. For five years, Francis worked as Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. Since 2009, Paul Francis is Scientific Director active in research at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Here, he constantly helps to improve non-tracking analytics systems. In addition, he co-founded the startup company Aircloak, where he has helped create the world's first general-purpose anonymized statistical analytics service for industry. With more than 20 years of experience in academic and industrial computer science, Francis continuously makes innovative contributions to research on privacy issues related to online user tracking and turning them into practice.

 

 

 

About Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI SWS)

Founded in 2004, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems strives to improve the Computer Science industry and has made progress in the research and development of complex software systems. 

 

Fast facts:

  • One of 83 institutes run by Max Planck Society
  • World-class basic research in all areas related to the design, analysis, modeling, implementation, and evaluation of complex software systems
  • Main research fields: programming systems, distributed & networked systems, embedded & autonomous systems
  • Cross-cutting aspects: analysis of complex software systems, privacy, security & dependability

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Dialog with Cornelia Mast

Chairwoman of Executive Board at PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG

About Cornelia Mast

Cornelia Mast started off her career in the area of tax consultancy and later worked in various senior positions in industry. Demonstrating leadership qualities via high positions at Karl Otto Braun KG, Quinn Plastics GmbH, and the French Alstom corporation, Mast made her way to PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG in 2011 and since then has been a member of its senior management. During the time of the company's crisis, she succeeded in saving the company by selling it to a strategic Chinese investor. Mrs. Mast now leads PFAFF Industrial as Chairwoman of the Executive Board and is in charge of finance, personnel and production. Her recent projects include: strategy development and implementation as well as concept restructuring, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of a production facility in Taicang, China in 2014.

 

About PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG

PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG is a traditional German leading brand in the automation engineering of sewing and heat-sealing processes. With more than 150 years of experience and innovation, PFAFF has a high recognition in national as well as international textile and leather-processing industries.

Fast facts:

  • founded in 1862 as G.M. PFAFF AG sewing machine factory in Kaiserslautern
  • 2009 renamed into PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG; since 2013 owned by Shangdong Group of Shanghai
  • renowned customers and partners worldwide (e.g., PFAFF in China and Spain)
  • Production focus: industrial sewing machines and welding machines for sophisticated applications (innovation technology)
  • Multiple winner of Texprocess Innovation Award (2013 for controlling sewing machines via a tablet

Details of the event as PDF.

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Dialog with Prof. Dr. Helmut Neunzert

Founder of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Inventor of Technomathematics

About Prof. Neunzert

Prof. Dr. Helmut Neunzert studied Mathematics and Physics at the LMU München. He worked at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) (1960-1972) - temporarily as Deputy Director of its Zentralinstitut für Angewandte Mathematik (ZAM). During this time, he earned a PhD, habilitation as well as a professorship in Applied Mathematics at RWTH Aachen. From 1974-2004, he taught as a professor of the Technomathematics Group at the University of Kaiserslautern. After founding the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) in 1995, he was appointed Director of the Institute one year later. Since then, he has greatly contributed to its success - today he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and responsible for International Affairs. Belonging to one of the leading industrial mathematicians in Europe, Prof. Dr. Neunzert has received numerous awards in Germany and world-wide. From 2006 to 2012 he was one of the two Technology Ambassadors of Kaiserslautern.

 

About Fraunhofer ITWM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) uses mathematics as a key technology to develeop innovative impulses for practical purposes in the field of industry, technology, and economy.

Fast facts:

  • one of the top research institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (since 2001 its first mathematical oriented institute)
  • 260 employess (~60 PhD students)
  • close cooperation with TU Kaiserslautern & Science Alliance
  • high reputation in the field of Industrial Mathematics, nationally as well as internationally
  • Main research fields: surface quality inspection, financial mathematics, visualization of large data sets, optimization of production processes, virtual material design and analysis of 3D models of microstructures.

Details of the event as PDF.

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KOB Braun - Pioneer in medical textiles

Discuss the Global Career Opportunities at KOB Braun GmbH & Co. KG with representatives of the Company in India & China:

  • Mr. Gopinathan, HR Marketing and Strategic Recruiting, Plant Coimbatore (India)
  • Ms. Lei Jiang, HR Marketing and Strategic Recruiting, Plant Qingdao (China)

About the company:
In 1903 - during a time of great changes, novel ideas and new ways - Karl Otto Braun founded his company in Wolfstein and soon made it successful as a manufacturer of "Elastic Bandages". These days, KOB is global market leader in the field of elastic bandages and is responsible, within the group, for the production of medical textiles on three sites in Coimbatore/India, Qingdao/China and Wolfstein.

Details of the event as PDF

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Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer

Head of the research group Software Engineering: Dependability and Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering

About Prof. Liggesmeyer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Peter Liggesmeyer studied Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Data Technology at the University of Paderborn. He obtained his doctorate with honors from Ruhr University Bochum in 1992, where he also completed his habilitation thesis in 1999. Since 2004, he has been holding a chair in Software Engineering: Dependability in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern and has been director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). Prof. Liggesmeyer is founder and speaker of the Fraunhofer Alliance Embedded Systems, whose current members belong to 13 different Fraunhofer Institutes.

Further information on his Vita and announcement of this event as PDF.

About Fraunhofer IESE

Fraunhofer IESE is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering. Their projects provide good doctorate subjects. Graduates of computer science or related fields can qualify for a responsible postiion in industry in an application-oriented working environment.

Fraunhofer IESE is looking for excellent scientists to do applied research in

  • embedded systems engineering
  • process management
  • information systems engineering

at all levels of qualification: students, scientists and post-docs. Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Mr. Martin Haag and Mr. Klaus Schewe

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Mr. Klaus Schewe (Head HR Marketing and Strategic Recruiting): global career opportunities at Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Mr. Martin Haag, Plant Manager Roche Diagnostics GmbH Mannheim: Challenges of Leadership

About Roche

As a pioneer in healthcare Roche Diagnostics is world leader in in‐vitro diagnostics, and supplies a wide range of diagnostic instruments and tests for rapid and reliable diseasedetection and monitoring. Roche is the world's leading supplier of prescription drugs forcancer treatment.

Details as PDF. Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

Deputy Director European Technology Innovation Center, Kaiserslautern

About Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel has been successful in both science and industry, working as a manager for RAILTEC/RABOTEC and VOEGELE before being appointed Professor for Agric. Engineering, Envir. Technology and Communal Machinery at the Univ. of Halle-Wittenberg. In 2003, he was appointed Dean of the Agric. Fclty. From 2007 – 2010 he was the Manager for Tractor Applications at John Deere Werke Mannheim. Since June 2010 is the Deputy Director John Deere European Technology and Innovation Center in Kaiserslautern.

About John Deere

John Deere is an American corporation and one of the leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the world. John Deere products include balers, combine harvesters, cotton harvesters, planters/seeders and tractors. The company is also a leading manufacturer of construction and forestry equipment. In total, John Deere employs approx. 60.000 people (2011) around the globe,

In April 2012, the “Wirtschaftswoche“ reported that John Deere is amongst the 50 most popular companies for young engineers seeking employment. At the “European Technology Innovation Center” in Kaiserslautern, John Deere develops manufacturer-independent system solutions for the agricultural engineering sector and conducts research in new technologies. Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Dr. Friedhelm Geiger

Director Project Execution Industry Automation Systems

About Dr. Friedhelm Geiger

Dr. Geiger has been working at Siemens in various functions since 1997. Currently, he works in the following areas:

  • Project management in the fields of instrumentation business and control techniques (Areas: Chemistry, Glas, Solar, Pharma)
  • Project management training and support of regions with little know-how
  • Key customer project support
  • Recruiting

He is also has responsibilities in the areas of recruiting and deploying employees. Read moreabout career opportunities at Siemens Industry Karlsruhe. Further information can be found in the pdf.

About Siemens

Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company and is organized into six main divisions: Industry, Energy, Healthcare, Equity Investments, Siemens IT Solutions, and Services and Siemens Financial Services (SFS). In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and net income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Mr. Ames and Mr. Löffler

Head of the International Simultaneous Engineering Center and Business Partner Human Resources

About its representatives:

As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Ames worked in the fields of quality assurance, head of the production department of distribution pumps and is now head of the International Simultaneous Engineering Center where he is responsible for process chains for new products like pumps, injectors and rail.

As Business Partner Human Resources Mr. Hartwig Löffler is responsible for recruitment and trainee programs at Bosch in Homburg.

About Robert Bosch GmbH

The Robert Bosch GmbH is a German multinational engineering and electronics company. The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886 and is the world's largest supplier of automotive components. Bosch operates in over 60 countries around the globe. In fiscal 2011, our approximately 300,000 associates generated sales of €51.5 billion. With approx. 6000 employees in Homburg, Bosch is an important employer in the region.

Bosch main area is the development and production of automotive components (including brakes, controls, electrical drives, fuel systems, generators, starter motors and steering systems), but it is also produces consumer goods and building products (including household appliances, power tools, security systems) and industrial products (drives and controls, packaging technology and solar panels). Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Prof. Dieter Rombach

Head of the Department of Software Engineering at Kaiserslautern University

Executive Director of the Fraunhofer IESE

About Prof. Rombach

Prof. Rombach's main research topics can be found in the area of "Software Engineering", especially in methods for developing software with predictable quality, in quantitative methods for measuring and assessing software products and software processes, in languages and methods for developing and using explicit software process models, in process-based software development environments as well as in software reuse. As a consultant, he works for various U.S. American and European companies.

About IESE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) was formed in 1996 and is now one of 60 institutes of the Fraunhofer Society. The association IESE is located in Kaiserslautern and has over 200 employees. In the region of Kaiserslautern the institution is networked with the local science and industry, including computer science, mathematics and engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The IESE is not only locally but globally a leading research institution in the field of software systems development. The importance of software, for example in the automotive Industry, or for information systems in health, as well as for administrative purposes is steadily increasing. The Fraunhofer Institutes have joined the development, implementation and optimization of prescribed procedures and look for complex solutions and application-oriented system. Photos of the event are online. More information in PDF or visit www.iese.fraunhofer.de.

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Dialog with Johannes Heger

Plant Director of HegerGuss and HegerFerrit GmbH

About Mr. Heger

Johannes Heger is the managing director of the rich in tradition company HegerGuss, which is located in the region of Kaiserslautern. After his studies in mechanical engineering and his overseas work experience at General Motors, he is now steadily keen on optimizing process dynamics. Thus, he closely cooperates with university and the Fraunhofer Institutes with regard to manufacturing process simulations. The use of in-house simulation technologies (proof of strength, hardening, cooling) contributes to shorter delivery times, increased quality, and cost savings due to fewer test runs. An impressive revolution of industrial assembly lines is his new plant for iron components for wind turbines in Sembach which is the first foundry worldwide with an assembly line production of castings with a weight of 15 tons.

About HegerGuss

HegerGuss cooperates with research institutes and universities; develops its own knowledge management software. The collaboration with the University of Kaiserslautern and the Fraunhofer Institutes based and reinforced the simulation of casting processes significantly. Johannes Heger is a commendable contact person to find out about successful cooperation between Industry and University and how this hand in hand working keeps the companies developments innovative. Last but not least he can refer what effectively is possible to do with iron on a scientific background. HegerGuss is an enterprise, which unites various research areas of interest for engineers and has forward-looking perspectives. Graduates of various disciplines, such as Computer science, mathematics and economics are there, therefore are welcome applicants.

Photos of the event are online. More information in the pdf or visit www.hegerguss.de.

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Dialog with Anja Kleyboldt

Plant Director of OPEL Kaiserslautern

About Ms. Kleyboldt:

After her apprenticeship as a car mechanic and her subsequent Mechanical Engineering studies, she entered Opel in 1995 as a Manufacturing Engineer. Following a manager training at GM, Kleyboldt took over the managerial responsibility in production as well as planning and construction of manufacturing plants in Rüsselsheim and Antwerpen. She then was appointed Director Manufacturing Engineering Paint, Polymers, and Automation in Rüsselsheim and was responsible for all European locations in the manufacturing network. Since August 2010 Ms. Kleyboldt has been managing the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern.

About the Opel Plant in Kaiserslautern:

With about 2.800 employees the OPEL plant is one of the biggest industrial employers in the Western palatinate. The production focus lies with vehicle components for body and chassis made of plate or aluminum, e.g. side walls, hood, axis, and seat frames. Furthermore, lightweight metal engines as well as diesel engines are manufactured.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Dr. Klaus Weichel

Lord Mayor of the City of Kaiserslautern

About Dr. Weichel:

Following his studies in biology at the University of Kaiserslautern Mr. Weichel also gained experience as a research assistant at the University of Kaiserslautern before receiving his doctor's degree in zoology. Starting in the 1990s Dr. Weichel became more and more actively involved in environmental and political aspects and thus established the fundament of a successful career in the domain of public interest. He was appointed Head of the Department of Environment and Forestry of Kaiserslautern's city council. In 1995, he took on the position of Deputy Mayor for Environment, Health, Youth, Social Affairs and Sports and was highly committed to work for the Ministry of Environment and Foresty during the following years. In 2000, he was elected President of the Structural and Approval Directorate South and continued to strengthen his dedication to local politics. In 2007 Dr. Weichel successfully won the election as Lord Mayor of the City of Kaiserslautern. One of his main aims is the internationalization of the city. Thus, he is highly engaged in establishing business activity with executives from India. Additionally, in 2011 he started the city event series „Year of Internationality – Science produces integration“.

About the Networking with the Lord Mayor of Kaiserslautern:

Dr. Weichel has emphasized that he rather wants to function as a mentor than an unapproachable role model in the meeting with the students. He, in particular, wants to offer them the opportunity of also discussing the more difficult times in his career since he knows that these sometimes complex decisions and experiences are especially of interest for graduate students who are passing from the field of research into a professional career.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Prof. Janusz Filipiak

Founder and CEO of Comarch S.A., Kraków

About Prof. Filipiak

In the 1980s Mr. Filipiak worked for France Telecom Laboratories (Paris) and was actively involved at the universities in Australia and the United States. From 1991 until 1998 Prof. Filipiak held the Chair for Telecommunication at the University of Applied Sciences in Krakow (AGH). In 1993 he founded the Comarch company. He is a member of the Committee for Electronics and Telecommunication at the Polish Academy of Sciences and author of more than one hundred publications in the fields of telecommunication and teleinformatics; three of which were also published in Western Europe and the USA. Since November 2010 he is the CEO of Comarch S.A.

About Comarch S.A.

Comarch is a global IT-business solutions provider with nearly 3500 highly-qualified IT-employees worldwide. Its services include solutions for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI), Document Management (DMS/ECM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Billing, Network Management, Financial Service Management, and IT-Infrastructure. Its customer focus has been laid on the telecommunication industry, on banks und insurances, as well as on numerous branches in industry und business. The group has subsidiaries in 16 countries; in Europe, Comarch is represented in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with a total of more than 400 employees in 13 different locations.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Max Albrecht

Alkoma Maschinenbau e.K.

Max Albrecht : Ambitious & hardworking

Grown up in Columbia, the native German found himself facing very difficult conditions when returning to Germany to start his professional career. Since his school-leaving qualifications were not accepted, he was forced to start an apprenticeship. Via second-chance education he finally could start his studies – without interrupting his professional activity. In 2004 he took the plunge and founded his own company without any financial background. Optimism and commitment have led to success – the expected sales will reach the mark of one million within the current year. His preference to strike a new path became obvious in his strategy to face last year´s economic crisis – his motto: innovation instead of wait and see! Thus, Mr. Albrecht will discuss the competencies needed to keep a young company innovative but economically successful at the same time.

About Alcoma e.K.

The company was initially founded as a pure design office, but quickly developed a production department for extrusion machines. For the development and manufacture of a special machine for the production of plastic profiles, the company received the Innovation Award of Rheinland-Pfalz. Options for theses work and apprenticeship can be addressed in the meeting.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Joachim Molz

CEO of WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH

Joachim Molz: From Assistant to CEO in Just 3 Years

After his business studies at the University of Trier and the Spanish University of Pamplona Joachim Molz first worked as an assistant for the CEO of a medium-sized holding company in 1995. Three years later he managed to climb from the position of an assistant to Managing Partner of the investment company Ecotraffic – System for Environment and Traffic GmbH in Trier. The same year, in 1998, he successfully boosted his career to another level by being appointed CEO of Ecotraffic-Holding’s main involvement, namely the WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH Kaiserslautern.

WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH Kaiserslautern:

Since its foundation in 1991 the company WIKON has established itself as an international specialist for remote monitoring of technical systems, e.g., the acquisition of fuel levels and remote meter reading. With the development, production, and distribution of industrial remote monitoring technologies in currently about 40 different countries, the company reaches a business volume of almost 3.0 M Euro per year. Being a medium-sized company in Kaiserslautern, WIKON is constantly involved in the development of M2M-products on the basis of the newest communications technologies and standards and has the aim of extending the cooperation with further international businesses. WIKON furthermore attaches great importance to the recruitment of junior staff from the field of computer science.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Dr. Gerhard Braun

CEO & Entrepreneur President

Top Manager, Entrepreneur President, and High-Ranking Economic Functionary

As an economist holding a doctorate, Dr. Gerhard Braun has been CEO of the Karl Otto Braun GmbH since 2007. Moreover, as Vice-President of the Confederation of German Employer Organisations (BDA) in Berlin and as President of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Federation of Entrepreneur Associations (Landesvereinigung Unternehmerverbände Rheinland-Pfalz, LVU), he has an extensive knowledge about the job market in the region, in Germany, and in Europe.

Karl Otto Braun GmbH & Co. KG

As a family business, KOB today is one the world’s biggest producers of elastic special textiles for medicine as well as a market leader for the development and production of inliner systems for trenchless sewage renovation – for this, KOB was awarded the Innovation Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Their highly qualified teams in Europe and Asia recruit employees from the fields of Mechanical, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering.

Bundesvereinigung der deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA) & Landesvereinigung Unternehmerverbände Rheinland-Pfalz (LVU)

In committees on a national, European, and international level these associations are involved in the field of the job market, in education and personnel issues.

Photos of the event are online.

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Dialog with Andreas Traut

CEO of the Academy/Personnel Development, proALPHA Software AG

Educator for Further Education in ERP-systems and Recruiter of Future proAPLHA Employees

Andreas Traut studied Business Education at the University of Mannheim and graduated as Diplom Business teacher. He is trainer for ERP-systems and since 2007 a member of the corporate board of executives in the department of the proALPHA Academy and Personnel Development. The expertise he can rely on here comes from his various publishings on personnel, executive, and organization management as well as from his experience in teaching at national and international universities. At the proALPHA Academy Traut focuses on the education of employees in specific trainings in order to assure innovative further education in the ERP area and the highest customer service possible. Thus, he is a good contact person for questions concerning personnel development, esp. for IT-experts and business economists.

proALPHA Software AG – “Think global, act local”

proALPHA has proved to be a continuously profitable Business-Service-Provider in the world of industry and commerce. The company offers its clients high-qualified consulting services as well as a holistic solution concept - the ERP-complete solution proALPHA - when it comes to striving for corporate success, whether on a national or international level. Included in their client list are industrial and commercial businesses from, e.g., the packaging machine industry, medical technology, aviation industry, etc. proALPHA promotes its standard software as flexibly adjustable to the needs of today and tomorrow, and thus guarantees cooperating businesses security concerning independence of hardware and operating systems. The company is always looking for: dedicated and qualified software engineers with knowledge in luK-technologies and new media as well as competent consultants.

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