Syllabus & Teaching Staff

The topics presented in this course, along with their respective lecturers and company visits, are handpicked to offer you a holistic yet detailed overview of the engineering business in Germany. Take a look below to meet our team of professors and discover the topics they will deliver.
Customization of orthoses: new possibilities for business models through modern technology
Start-ups in Sport Technology
2G: Hydrogen powered engines for combined heat and power made in Germany
Energy storage – a pillar for the integration of renewables
Development and Applications of Polymer Additive Manufacturing
Process and Quality Control by Analytic Instruments in Germany
Biomedical Technology made in Germany
Technology and Trends in Automotive Electronics
Lecturer:

Dr. Justin Sebastian Lange

Professor of Biomechanics and Ergonomics
Title of lecture:

Customization of Orthoses: new possibilities for business models through modern technology

Course information:
When it comes to supporting orthoses, bandages, or compression stockings, orthopedic technicians usually have to rely on custom-made products. The hand-made production is time-consuming and costly. This contradicts with the desire for quick availability. With the help of modern technologies, orthopedic technology companies and medical supply stores are able to produce patient-specific orthoses, bandages, and compression stockings in a way that would hardly be possible with traditional processes. These modern procedures result in new opportunities for business models in the field of orthopedic technology.
Bio:
Justin Lange studied mechanical engineering and sports science at the Technical University in Chemnitz. After completing his master's degree, he conducted research in the field of biomechanical and clinical gait analysis. After successfully completing his doctoral thesis in cooperation with the University Hospital in Leipzig, he accepted an offer as head of development at Bauerfeind AG. The global medical technology company develops and produces high-quality products in the field of orthopedic technology. Following this activity, Justin Lange went to the Hamm Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, where he is responsible for the professorship for biomechanics and ergonomics.
Company visit:
Information will follow
Lecturer:

Dr. Holger Krakowski-Roosen

Professor of Applied Sport Sciences
Title of lecture:

Start-ups in Sport Technology

Course information:
Television shows like “Shark Tank” or “Höhle der Löwen” and books from former start-up entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, glorify becoming a start-up entrepreneur in the eyes of young audiences. Statistical data from Germany says that more than the half of start-ups will be closed within the first two years. Is this due to wrong ideas or mistakes in developing ideas into products? How can failing be avoided?
Bio:
Holger Krakowski-Roosen started studying mathematics, latin, and sports in 1990, focusing on sports physiology and getting a doctor’s degree in this field in 2000. He also studied human medicine and economics in the years 1994 to 2002 and worked as a scientist at the German Sports University and German Cancer Research Center (post doc). Krakowski-Roosen has developed the world’s first strength training program for cachectic cancer patients,which has nowadays become the standard operating procedure for many kinds of cancer. He then switched employment in 2009, becoming technical director in a company that offers sports and rehabilitation training machines. In 2014 he became Professor of Applied Sports Science at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences.
Company visit:
Kidletics GmbH
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Goebel

Professor of Energy Technology
Title of lecture:

2G: Hydrogen powered engines for combined heat and power made in Germany

Course information:
The decarbonisation of our energy system requires renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies. The course will explain how the energy sectors’ electricity, heat, and transportation can be coupled by the utilization of green hydrogen. The company 2G produces piston engines for CHP (combined heat and power) which can be fueled by biogas or hydrogen.
Bio:
Professor Olaf Goebel is teaching Energy Engineering at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Science. Prior to joining the University, he was Head of Engineering in Masdar Power, the energy project developer of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He was in charge of all technological and techno-economic aspects of Masdar Power’s renewable energy projects (total budget responsibility 4 billion US$). Prior to joining Masdar, Prof. Goebel was Head of the Renewable Energies Department, at Lahmeyer International, a leading international engineering consultancy. He began his career at ESA (European Space Agency) and then joined DLR (the German Aerospace Center) where he managed several CSP-related projects. Prof. Goebel holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Munich University, Germany. He also holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany.
Company visit:
2G Energy AG
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Aleksandra-Saša Bukvić-Schäfer

Professor of Electronic Engineering
Title of lecture:

Energy storage – a pillar for the integration of renewables

Course information:
In the lecture, the importance of energy storage for the integration of renewables will be discussed. Following questions will be answered:
  • What kind of energy storage is needed? (definition of requirements/applications)
  • Which energy storage technologies are state of the art? (technology introduction and system definition)
  • Which business cases are existing? (economics and boundary conditions)
Bio:
Prof. Dr. Bukvić-Schäfer studied electrical engineering at University of Sarajevo and University of Kassel. In Kassel, she received her Bachelor and Master-Degree. The main topic – Renewable energy and its integration for a sustainable future in on- and off-grid systems – was and still is the core of her work. She started her scientific career at University of Kassel and after receiving her PhD, joined ISET e.V (today Fraunhofer IEE), with focus on electrochemical Storage. In 2010, she joined SMA Solar Technology as Senior Expert Energy Storage and her work contributed to strategy and product development of battery systems. In March 2021, she became a Professor at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences lecturing on electrical engineering and working on topics concerning energy storage and E-mobility.
Company visit:
SMA Solar Technology AG
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Jens Spirgatis

Professor of Machine & Plastics Technology
Title of lecture:

Development and Applications of Polymer Additive Manufacturing

Course information:
  • State of the art of AM – an overview of processes
  • Application examples of AM in health care and other business areas
  • Applications study – from 3D-scan to individual product
  • Simulation of AM processes and parts – state of the art of technology and future challenges
Bio:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Spirgatis has studied mechanical engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. There, he later received his PhD from the department of mechanical engineering in the field of polymer processing. During his time as chief engineer at the chair of mechanical design and plastic machinery, he was involved in numerous application-oriented industry and research projects. Following a career-shift, Prof. Spirgatis held various management positions in the field of capital equipment. Before he transferred to the University of Hamm-Lippstadt in March of 2012, he was the CTO at Weber Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG.
Company visit:
Information will follow
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Sielemann

Professor of Sensor Technology
Title of lecture:

Process and Quality Control by Analytic Instruments in Germany

Course information:
  • Give an answer to the question “Why is quality and process control a must have?”
  • Details of the concept of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and PAT wording
  • Guide for process sensor technology - the Namur roadmaps as joint work of German users and manufacturers
  • Analytical principles used for quality and product control based on spectroscopy and chromatography (gas and liquid chromatography, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, sensor technologies, sampling)
  • Who-is-who in Germany for PAT
Bio:
  • Since 04/2015 Professor of Instrumental and Analytical Sensor Systems at the Bachelor course of study Environmental and Forensic Chemistry and the Master course Environmental- and Hazardous Substance at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • 03/2000 to 03/2015 Laboratory Manager, Head of R&D at G.A.S. Gesellschaft für analytische Sensorsysteme GmbH (SME for the development and production of gas analytical measurement systems in Dortmund, Germany (https://www.gas-dortmund.de/?lan=1)
  • 03/1999 to 02/2000 Post Doc at the Institut für Allgemeine Physik, Technical University Vienna, Austria
  • 11/1994 to 02/1999 PhD at Leibniz-Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) in Dortmund, Germany (https://www.isas.de/en)
  • 10/1989 to 10/1994 Study of Chemistry (University Kassel, Germany)
Company visit:
Information will follow
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Trzewik

Professor of Medical Engineering
Title of lecture:

Biomedical Technology made in Germany

Course information:
The seminar would give you a big picture and background information on the biomedical Industry in Germany. The seminar is structured in a lecture and a practical part. The purpose of the lecture is to convey critical information on medical product development process and may include a presentation by a guest expert from a local medical company. The Practical is intended to be 'hands on' where you are expected to participate in one of the University’s specialized laboratories (e.g. in the maker space).
Bio:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Trzewik is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences. He studied Biomedical Engineering in Aachen/Jülich and in San Diego, California. He then, received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Ilmenau. Before joining Hamm-Lippstadt University, he was a Senior Scientist at Johnson&Johnson in the field of implants for tissue reconstruction. His current research focuses on applied exploratory medical product development.
Company visit:
Information will follow
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Peter Kersten

Professor of Mechatronics
Title of lecture:

Technology and Trends in Automotive Electronics

Course information:
New technologies and applications such as autonomous driving, battery-powered vehicles, and new communication and infotainment applications are expected to drive the automotive electronics market at an annual growth rate of almost 8 percent. In this course, we will discuss the technologies that will enable these trends in the coming years. Here, the automotive industry demands electronic products with a lifespan of decades, not just a few years.
Bio:
Peter Kersten is Professor of Mechatronics and Vice Dean at the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PHD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and a diploma degree in Physics from the Technical University of Dortmund. He has many years of management experience in international industrial companies.
Company visit:
Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH

Public Lectures

As a part of the 3rd pillar “Culture & Society” of the Summer School, the public lectures convey the cultural and intellectual aspects of the German engineering business. Participants will discuss the influence of factors, like politics and work ethic, on corporate strategies. The following public lectures are scheduled for you.
Strenghts & Weaknesses of the German "Mittelstand"
Entrepreneurship in Germany / Business Incubators in Germany and the Impact on Regional Development
The influence of German mentality on German engineering
Lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Uwe Kleinkes

Professor of Technology Marketing
Title of lecture:

Strengths & Weaknesses of the German "Mittelstand"

Course information:
The German “Mittelstand” (Small and medium-sized companies) has had an outstanding reputation worldwide. The advantages of these fast-moving, highly innovative, and worldwide active companies will be explained. Current developments such as digitization can threaten the mentioned advantages.
Bio:
Uwe Kleinkes is Professor of Technology Marketing and Director of Studies for Technical Management and Marketing at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences. His fields of interest are international business relations of high-tech companies, B2B-Marketing of high-tech components and systems, and digitalization of business and marketing with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum in 1998. He studied chemistry at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) and the Ruhr University Bochum. In 2000 he joined the Institute of Microtechnology in Mainz. Since then, he took over a position at IVAM, where for ten years he was managing director of the IVAM Microtechnology Network with 300 companies and institutes worldwide.
Lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Heiko Kopf

Head of Department Hamm 1
Title of lecture:

Entrepreneurship in Germany / Business Incubators in Germany and the Impact on Regional Development

Course information:
Business incubators have played an increasingly important role in strategic regional economic development since the 1980s. These incubators support the growth process of start-ups and small and medium-sized companies. This lecture explains how these incubators work and shows the resulting advantages for companies. In addition, the connection with the conception of the start-up centers and the associated effects on regional economic development is shown.
Bio:
Prof. Dr. Heiko Kopf worked as Managing Director of MST Factory Dortmund GmbH and Technologie Zentrum Dortmund Management GmbH. With his many years of experience in the field of technology transfer and the digital transformation of companies Prof. Dr. Kopf supports, in addition to his teaching activities, companies and public institutions in the context of joint projects. In addition to his involvement in various third-party funded projects, he acts as a mentor/coach in business accelerators and in start-ups. He is also a member of the jury of the NRW start-up grant. Prof. Kopf is a trained business mediator and, in addition to his committee work for the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce, also works as an expert.
Lecturer:

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Goebel

Professor of Energy Technology
Title of lecture:

The influence of German mentality on German engineering

Course information:
Information will follow
Bio:
Professor Olaf Goebel is teaching Energy Engineering at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Science. Prior to joining the University, he was Head of Engineering in Masdar Power, the energy project developer of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He was in charge of all technological and techno-economic aspects of Masdar Power’s renewable energy projects (total budget responsibility 4 billion US$). Prior to joining Masdar, Prof. Goebel was Head of the Renewable Energies Department, at Lahmeyer International, a leading international engineering consultancy. He began his career at ESA (European Space Agency) and then joined DLR (the German Aerospace Center) where he managed several CSP-related projects. Prof. Goebel holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Munich University, Germany. He also holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany.
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