President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Corporate Policy and Research Management

Reimund Neugebauer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. E. h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. E. h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Biography

Born on June 27, 1953 in Esperstedt in Thuringia, Germany
 

Professional history

  • Since 2012 President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e. V.
  • 2010–2011 President of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP)
  • 2010 Initiator and Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Automobile Production Alliance
  • 2003–2006 Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz)
  • 2000 Founding President of Industrieverein Sachsen 1928 e. V., an association of approximately 120 companies (representing 20 billion euros in sales; 30,000 employees); Founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes (IWP), TU Chemnitz
  • 1998 Initiator and Dean of Studies, Microengineering and Mechatronics Program, TU Chemnitz
  • 1995 Chair of Department for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, TU Chemnitz, while serving as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
  • 1994–2012 Executive Director of Fraunhofer IWU
  • 1992 Director of machine tools and automation technology at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Forming Technology and Machine Tools, later Fraunhofer IWU
  • 1991 Award of the academic degree of Doktor-Ingenieur habilitatus; Commissioned by the Fraunhofer Executive Board to establish the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Forming Technology and Machine Tools
  • 1990 Executive Director at the Institute of Machine Tools, Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
  • 1989 University Lecturer, Machine Tools and Tool Design, TUD
  • 1989 Doctorate Technical Sciences (Dr. sc. techn.), TUD: “Development of flexible sheet metal molding systems“
  • 1985 Employment in industry: design and development, Kombinat Umformtechnik, Erfurt, ultimately in management positions
  • 1984 Doctorate Engineering (Dr.-Ing.), TUD: “Computer-assisted preparation of finite element calculation models for machine tool structures“
  • 1975 Diploma studies Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), TUD, focus: Machine tool design
     

Awards/honors (selection)

  • 2018 Honorary doctorate awarded by Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
  • 2016 Honorary doctorate awarded by KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 2015 Honorary doctorate awarded by the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • 2015 Honorary doctorate awarded by the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • 2014 Erich Siebel Medal, bestowed by the European Research Association for Sheet Metal Working (EFB)
  • 2014 Honorary doctorate awarded by the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czechia
  • 2013 Honorary doctorate awarded by Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 2012 Honorary doctorate awarded by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany           
  • 2012 Order of Merit of the German State of Saxony (Sächsischer Verdienstorden)
  • 2012 Prize of Honor awarded by Initiative Südwestsachsen e. V., in the Science, Art and Culture category
  • 2011 Medal of honor presented by Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany
  • 2007 Honorary doctorate awarded by the Brno University of Technology, Czechia
  • 2005 Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
  • 2003 Professor Hýbl Medal bestowed by CTU in Prague, Czechia
  • 2003 Honorary doctorate awarded by the Moscow State University of Technology “Stankin“ (MSTU), Russia
  • 2001 Honorary professorship at Kuzbass State Technical University named after T.F. Gorbachev (KuzSTU), Russia
  • 2000 Education and Innovation Award bestowed by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft für Automatisierung und Mikroeletronik e.V. (DFAM)
     

Memberships (selection)

  • Since 2016 Member of the executive board of Plattform Industrie 4.0
  • Since 2015 Member of the European Defence Agency’s High-level Group of Personalities on defence research
  • Since 2015 Co-chair of the German federal government’s High-Tech Forum
  • Since 2014 Member of the Steering Committee of the Innovation Dialogue between the German federal government, science, industry and society, initiated by Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • 2014 Elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Since 2005 Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Since 1998 Member of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany
  • Since 1998 Member of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP)