New organizational structure at Fraunhofer ILT
For more than 35 years, the industry has relied on Fraunhofer ILT as a partner for innovation in the field of laser technology and photonics. Over the years, the institute has grown considerably and new tasks and fields of activity have been added. We have therefore structured our expertise in a new way and set forward-looking focal points. The new structure further strengthens our agility. The interdisciplinary approach of laser beam sources, optics and laser applications, which has already benefited our customers, is being expanded to include specialist competencies such as digitalization and quantum technology. The synergy also allows us to serve new areas such as digital production and the quantum internet with laser technology solutions. The new Data Science and Measurement Technology department takes account of the massive expansion of our expertise and the increasing demand for solutions in this area.
In order to quickly develop the best possible solutions for our customers in our business areas, we are strengthening our market competence by bundling our expertise in a new “Business Development / Research Markets” department. This new department will be headed by Prof. Arnold Gillner. In the sense of a matrix organization, we are thus addressing customer needs in an even more targeted manner on an industry-specific basis. In doing so, we will draw on various competencies in the different departments to develop tailor-made solutions. In the overarching research programs, we will generate a broad impact and an efficient transfer of research know-how.
On October 1, 2022, Prof. Carlo Holly took over the department “Data Science and Measurement Technology,” Dr. Christian Vedder the department “Surface Technology and Ablation,” Dr. Achim Lenenbach the department “Laser Medical Technology and Biophotonics,” Dr. Alexander Olowinsky the department “Joining and Cutting,” Dr. Thomas Schopphoven the department “Laser Material Deposition,” Dr. Jasmin Saewe the department “Laser Powder Bed Fusion” and Hans-Dieter Hoffmann the department “Beam Sources.”