National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech
acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering – represents the interests of the German scientific and technological communities, at home and abroad. It is autonomous, independent and a non-profit organisation. As a working academy, acatech supports policy-makers and society, providing qualified technical evaluations and forward looking recommendations. Moreover, acatech is determined to support knowledge transfer between science and industry, and encourage the next generation of engineers.
Heinz Nixdorf Institute (Paderborn University)
The Heinz Nixdorf Institute is a research centre within the University of Paderborn. It was founded in 1987 initiated and supported by Heinz Nixdorf. By doing so he wanted to create a symbiosis of computer science and engineering in order to provide critical impetus for new products and services. This includes interactions with the social environment. Our research is aligned with the program “Dynamics, Mobility, Integration: Enroute to the technical systems of tomorrow.” In training and education the Heinz Nixdorf Institute is involved in many programs of study at the University of Paderborn. The superior goal in education and training is to communicate competencies that are critical in tomorrows economy.
Today nine Professors and 150 researchers work at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute. Per year approximately 20 young researchers receive a doctorate.
Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering of RWTH Aachen University
Across the world and for many decades now the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has stood for successful and forward-thinking research and innovation in the area of production engineering. In six different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production. The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four professors: Christian Brecher, Fritz Klocke, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh.
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
The Fraunhofer IPT develops systems solutions for production. We focus on the topics of process technology, production machines, mechatronics, production quality and metrology as well as technology management. Our clients and cooperation partners represent all fields of industry: from aerospace technology to the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as tool and die making companies and the precision mechanics, optics and machine tool industries in particular. The institute currently employs around 380 people who are dedicated to applying their creativity to a range of projects.