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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Schmachtenberg

Rector of RWTH Aachen University (till 07/2018)

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Schmachtenberg (born 1952) has been Rector of RWTH Aachen University since 08/2008. He is also President-Elect of CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research, since 10/2014) and was President of the IDEA League (01/2014-12/2015) and President of TU9 (01/2010-12/2013).

After graduating in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University he received his PhD at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV/RWTH Aachen University). From 10/1985 till 12/1987 he was also Head of the “Part Design, Materials Technology, and Fibre-Reinforced Plastics” section at the IKV.

His next stations were Head of Research & Development at Süddeutsches Kunststoff-Zentrum (SKZ) in Würzburg (01/1988-08/1990), Head of the Polymer Processing Group und Head of the Construction Department at the Polymer Division of Bayer AG in Leverkusen (09/1990-12/1992).

From 01/1993 till 09/2001 Ernst Schmachtenberg was Chair of Polymer Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Essen University and CEO of IKM GmbH in Essen.

In 10/2001 he took over the Chair of Plastics Materials Technology of the IKV at RWTH Aachen University and from 04/2006-07/2008 the Chair of Polymer Technology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.


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