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Thomas HIPKE

Thomas HIPKE

Head of main division, Fraunhofer IWU


From 1990-1995 I studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Chemnitz.

In 2001 I completed my doctorate on the subject "design rules for aluminium foams – materials, technologies and application".

After that, I worked first as group leader and later as Head of department in the area of lightweight design at Fraunhofer-Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technologies in Chemnitz, Germany.

Today I am Head of main division “Lightweight Design, Textile Technologies and Circular Economy” at Fraunhofer IWU. I have worked on 23 patents, over 140 papers and conference presentations.

About Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is a driver for innovations in the research and development of production engineering. Around 670 highly qualified employees at our locations in Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, and Zittau tap the new potential for competitive manufacturing in automotive and mechanical engineering, aerospace technology, medical engineering, electrical engineering, and precision and micro engineering.