Steering committee of the Fraunhofer Academy


Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel

Spokesman of the steering committee

Prof. Michael ten Hompel is the executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund and holds the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University. He is the founder and managing partner of Vanderlande Industries Logistics Software GmbH. After completing a degree in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, he commenced his career as a research associate at the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University, before moving on to the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport Technology and Goods Distribution ITW. In 1991, Professor ten Hompel obtained his doctorate from Witten/Herdecke University with his investigation of improvements in non-invasive continuous tonometric blood pressure monitoring in humans.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Gross

Deputy spokesman of the steering committee

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gross is the head of the technology transfer and professional training division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen. He has also been the head of the Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology since 1997. He has lectured at Bremen University of Applied Sciences since 2000 and chairs various committees and workgroups within the German Welding Society (DVS). Prof. Gross studied chemistry and educational science at the University of Bielefeld from 1979-1985 and obtained his doctorate in 1987 on the subject of “Model reactions relating to the reaction mechanism of epoxy resins”.


Prof. Dr. Görge Deerberg

Prof. Dr. Görge Deerberg is the deputy director and head of research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen, where he heads up the process technology business unit. He is also the head of the interdisciplinary distance learning program for environmental sciences “infernum”, which Fraunhofer UMSICHT offers in cooperation with the FernUniversität in Hagen. After studying chemical engineering at the University of Dortmund, he obtained his doctorate in 1996 with a thesis on “The evaluation of the technical safety of semibatch processes with gas-liquid systems”.

Elisabeth Ewen

Elisabeth Ewen leads the Human Resources Department at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. She studied law at the University of Bonn from 1984 to 1990 and completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf. From 1991 to 1992, she studied at the University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. Ms. Ewen supported the integration of the GMD Research Center for Information Technology in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Since 2009, she is Head of the Human Resources Department at Fraunhofer and responsible for all strategic human resources functions including labor law issues. Since 2014, she teaches labor and industrial constitution law for the Leadership Development Programs of the Center for Sciences and Research Management in Speyer, Germany.

Dr. Kai Kohler

Dr. Kai Kohler is head of staff department Technology Marketing at Headquarters of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich. He is responsible for technology marketing and business models of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. His work area includes the corporate business development, marketing and the Fraunhofer Academy. Previously, he was responsible for corporate strategy and marketing the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart. Before joining Fraunhofer he earned his doctorate at the University of Ulm .


Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen. In 2002, he accepted the post of Chair of Production Systems at RWTH Aachen University, simultaneously becoming a member of the steering committee of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and of the Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen. He also holds two further positions at RWTH Aachen University: he became the director of the Research Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) in 2004 and Vice-Rector for Industry and Business Relations in 2008. Prof. Schuh studied business administration and engineering at RWTH Aachen University and obtained his doctorate in 1988. He became a full lecturer in Manufacturing and Industrial Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in 1990. In 1993, he was appointed as Professor of Business Production Management at the HSG and became a member of the executive committee of the Institute for Technology Management. He is a member of various boards of directors and supervisory boards.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Warschat

Prof. Dr. Joachim Warschat is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart, where he heads up the Technology and Innovation Management business unit. He is a scientific advisor to the European Science Senate, the Bergisch Institute for Product Development and Innovation Management, and the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) of the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS). Prof. Warschat teaches technology management at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT) and project management, simultaneous engineering and computer aided design at the University of Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gross, deputy spokesman of the steering committee:

“The advanced vocational training programs we offer are application-oriented, cutting-edge, and highly professional – and that’s because the people communicating our knowledge are the same ones who generated it in the first place.”