Endowed Professorships

Christa-and-Manfred-Fuchs Professorship for Space Technology/System Enabling Technologies

  • Grantor: OHB System AG
  • Period of funding: 10 years, August 2012 till July 2022

Prof. Dr. Claus Braxmaier

In July 2012 Claus Braxmaier has acceded to the Christa-and-Manfred-Fuchs endowed professorship. The chair for space technology at the University of Bremen is located at the center of applied space technology and microgravity (ZARM) in the department of production engineering and works closely with the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany(DLR). Claus Braxmaier is also the head of the ‘System Enabling Technologies’ department at the DLR-institute. Moreover there is a close cooperation with Astrium Friedrichshafen (Science Programs&Missions).

Prof. Dr. Claus Braxmaier’s research focuses on the development of space qualified technologies for the implementation of current and future space missions. Providing highly accurate measurements of physical quantities, searching for new effects, and testing the physics demands increasingly precise methods of measurement. An example would be the detection of gravitational waves (LISA, NGO). To enable successful missions, the distance (ca. one million km) between the test masses within the satellites have to be determined to one trillionth of a meter. These missions require highly precise optical instrumentsto measure time and distance, like interferometer and frequency-references, which will be developed under the Christa-and-Manfred-Fuchs endowed professorship. During the assembly and integration of these instruments particular care is taken to ensure that they can withstand the conditions during a rocket launch and in space, such as vibrations, radiation and changes in temperature.Furthermore, the endowed professorship focuses on the development of thrusterswith extremely small thrust including their characterization and verification. Similarly, methods are developed to assess the quality of the surfaces of mirrors as well as the thermal expansion of dimensionally highly stable materials for space applications.

Moreover Prof. Dr. Claus Braxmaier supervises specific satellite missions, for example the STE-QUEST (Space-Time Explorer and Quantum Equivalence Principle Space Test) mission, which is supported by the DLR. It serves the purpose of validating the foundations and predictions of Einstein’s theory of relativity with its uniquely precise examination of quantum mechanical states of matter. 

Prof. Dr. Vasily Ploshikhin

Airbus Endowed Professorship for Multiscale Materials Modelling and Engineering

  • Grantor: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
  • Period of funding: 5 years, December 2009 till 2014

Prof. Dr. Vasily Ploshikhin

The focus of the new Airbus endowed professorship for the integrative simulation and engineering of materials and processes is on the development and application of new methods for materials and process simulation, as well as on techniques of numerical simulation for the experimental development and optimization of innovative production processes for use in the aviation industry. The new professorship will function as a research bridge between the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science and other industry-oriented research units at the University of Bremen. The professorship will also establish close relations with the Center for Engineering Mathematics, researchers in the field of materials science, and institutes affiliated with the University. The new Airbus endowed professorship will contribute to teaching in the newly installed cross-faculty Master Program for Computational Materials Science as well as other interdisciplinary post-graduate studies.

The holder of the new Airbus endowed professorship, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vasily Ploshikhin, has wide-ranging experience in cooperation projects with renowned industrial corporations, especially in the aviation branch with Airbus, Premium Airotec, EADS, Rolls-Royce and MTU Aero Engines. Starting in 2001 he successfully built up and headed the area for computer-aided process development at the research enterprise Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH. A number of the manufacturing processes developed and optimized with his expertise have since been implemented in serial production by renowned corporations in the aviation and automobile branches. In Bremen these techniques will be further advanced especially with a view to integrating innovative software solutions in manufacturing processes.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Günther

Endowed Professorship for MR Spectroscopy/MR Image Processing funded by Stiftung Bremer Wertpapierbörse

  • Grantors: Grantors: Stiftung Bremer Wertpapierbörse, Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung and Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft in cooperation withn the Fraunhofer Society
  • Period of funding: 5 years, November 2009 till October 2014

Prof. Dr. Matthias Günther

Prof. Dr. Udo Frese

Endowed Professorship for Real-Time Computer Vision

  • Grantor: DFKI
  • Period of funding: 6 years, June 2008 till May 2014

Prof. Dr. Udo Frese
Real-Time Vision Working Group

Prof. Dr. Udo Frese has been working as a junior professor for real-time computer vision in the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science since 2008. He is a project leader in the Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition and associated with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Udo Frese studied computer science in Paderborn before starting work at the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center. He was awarded his doctorate from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg for his dissertation on a highly-efficient algorithm for the calculation of global maps based on local observation. After this he took up a post as senior researcher at the University of Bremen. He also works together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

His research area is image processing with the use of computer-based techniques for automatic image recognition. The focus of his research is on real-time processing for applications where split-second timing is of the essence. Potential applications include industrial quality control, operator-support for remote controlled robots via an automatically generated 3D model of surroundings and, in a more light-hearted vein, the perception of game play in real time on the part of soccer playing robots.

Another of Frese’s special research interests involves designing algorithms for the evaluation of sensor data as used, for instance, for safely steering driver-less transport systems in industrial processes.

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Prof. Dr. Lucio Ciacchi

Conrad Naber Endowed Professorship for Interface Research: Bio-Nano-Materials Engineering

  • Grantor: Conrad-Naber-Stiftung
  • Period of funding: 2 years, starting 2007 

Prof. Dr. Lucio Ciacchi

Research focus:
Atomistic research on heterogeneous materials interfaces and surfaces

The main research area of the Conrad Naber endowed professorship entitled "Interfaces in Bio-Nano-Materials Engineering" involves investigating the interfaces between different materials and between engineering materials and biological macro-molecules on an atomistic scale. Research techniques include diverse methods of computer-aided modeling, and experimental techniques of materials surface analysis like, for instance, force spectroscopy and electro-chemistry. This research is of current relevance for the development of techniques for medical implants, biosensors, bio-compatible adhesives, antifouling surfaces, to name just a few examples.

Most important project:
Coordination of the EU project entitled "Adhesion and Cohesion at Interfaces in High Performance Glassy Systems" in the 7th framework program (small and medium scale focused research project), involving seven partner institutions and five EU member states.

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Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Garbe

Endowed Professorship for Clinical Epidemiology

  • Grantors: Grantors: Donations from diverse enterprises and foundations, i.a. Stiftung Arzneimittelsicherheit, Bayer AG
  • Period of funding: 5 years, 1st March till 29th February 2012


Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Garbe

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Prof. Dr. Kirsten Tracht

Daimler Endowed Professorship for Process Oriented Engineering Design

  • Grantor: Daimler-Chrysler AG
  • Period of funding: 5 years, January 2008 till December 2013


Prof. Dr. Kirsten Tracht

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Petermann

Endowed Professorship for Clinical Child Psychology

  • Grantor: Förderverein der Universitätskinderambulanz
  • Period of funding: Unlimited fro January 2007


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Petermann

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Petermann’s work and research focus is on clinical child psychology and behavioral therapy with children, young people, and their families. This spectrum encompasses a number of research projects ranging from early diagnosis and early support, through multi-center intervention studies, up to collaborative projects focused on adolescents with cooperation partners in schools and institutions dealing with juvenile offenders. Prof. Petermann’s activities center on the conceptualization, organization and scientific management of the University of Bremen’s research ambulatory for children and adolescents and their families.

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Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann

Endowed Professorship for the Management of Sustainable Systems Development

  • Grantors: Diverse, i.a. Stiftung Arzneimittelsicherheit, Bayer AG
  • Period of funding: 5 years, 2004 till 2009


Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann

From 2003 till 2009, Prof. Hülsmann led the research area in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bremen entitled “Management of Sustainable Systems Development”. The professorship is funded by the Stifterverband der deutschen Wissenschaft. From Januray 2004 he was leader of the sub-project A3 "Monitoring Autonomous Control" and member of the management board of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 637 "Autonomous Control of Logistics Processes – a Paradigm Change and its Limitations". He is member of several research networks (i.e. LogDynamics, MTRC) and scientific associations (e.g. AOM, SMS, Schmalenbachgesellschaft). In March 2009 Prof. Hülsmann took up an appointment at Jacobs University Bremen as professor in the field of "Systems Management”. His main research focus lies on the strategic management of logistics systems. Among other things, Prof. Hülsmann teaches the competencies and technology-based positioning of logistics service providers, management of technological change in value creation networks, and design of inter-organizational coordination and cooperation mechanisms.

Endowed Professorship for Rehabilitation Psychology

  • Grantor: LVA Oldenburg Bremen
  • Period of funding: 6 years, May 2004 till April 2010


Prof. Dr. Petra Hampel

Endowed Professorship for Business Administration with Focus on Innovative Brand Management

  • Grantor: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; special donations from the enterprise sector in Bremen (Kraft Foods, Beck's, Masterfoods, Frosta, Basler Securitas, Kellogg's)
  • Period of funding: 3 years, from 1st October 2002 till 30th September 2005

Prof. Dr. Christoph Burmann

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Thöming

Endowment Professorship for Processes of Materials Recycling

  • Grantors: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; hanseWasser GmbH
  • Period of funding: 5 years, from October 2001 till September 2006
    Jahre, vom Oktober 2001 bis zum September 2006


Prof. Dr. Jörg Thöming

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling

Daimler Endowment Professorship for the Management of Medium-Sized Enterprise in International Business

  • Grantor: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; DaimlerChrysler fonds administered by the Stifterverband
  • Period of funding: 3 years, April 2001 till March 2004
    Jahre, vom April 2001 bis zum März 2004


Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling

Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling was appointed to the endowed professorship "Management of Medium-Sized Enterprise in International Business" in the Faculty of economics at the University of Bremen in April 2001, where since 1st January 2002  he has held the professorship "Medium-Sized Enterprise, Business Start-Ups, and Entrepreneurship". He became Dean of Faculty 7 (Economics) at the University of Bremen in July. Prof. Freiling represents the University of Bremen in the Business Angel Network Weser-Ems-Bremen as member of its extended management board and he is member of several scientific organizations. Since 2007 Prof. Freiling has been lead researcher in the sub-project "Legal Security and Justice in Global Trade Processes" embedded in the Collaborative Research Center 597 (Transformations of the State).

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Koch

Endowed Professorship Neuropharmacology

  • SGrantors: Stifterverband; Rudolf- und Helene-Glaser-Stiftung und Stemmler-Stiftung
  • Period of funding: 3 years, from February 2000 till January 2003


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Koch

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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Elsner

Endowed Professorship for Economic Policy and Economic Structure

  • Grantors: The State of Bremen’s Action Program for Economic Structural Policy and the European Union
  • Period of funding: 5 years, from May 1995 till May 2000


Prof. Dr. Wolfram Elsner

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Prof. Dr. Georg Grathwohl

Endowed Professorship for Ceramic Materials

  • Grantors: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; Stiftungsfonds Daimler-Benz
  • Period of funding: 5 years, from April 1994 till March 1999


Prof. Dr. Georg Grathwohl

Prof. Dr. Georg Grathwohl was appointed to the endowed professorship entitled “Ceramic Materials and Components” in the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen in 1994. His research focuses on the following topics:

  • Engineering  ceramics for chemical engineering
  • Microporous and cellular ceramics
  • Fiber composite ceramics
  • Biogene ceramics and biocere

From 1999 till 2003 he was Dean of the Faculty for Production Engineering

From 2006: Spokesman of the PhD research group PoreNet

From 2007: DFG panel of experts on materials science

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Prof. Dr. Herbert Kopfer

Endowed Professorship for Mathematical Foundations of Logistics

  • Grantors: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; special donations from Bremen enterprises
  • Period of funding: 5 years, from November 1992 till November 1997


Prof. Dr. Herbert Kopfer

Prof. Kopfer was appointed to the endowed professorship in 1992, since which time teaching and research in the area of logistics in the faculty of economics has been built up and expanded continually. A central research focus is the modeling and optimization of complex processes in intra- and inter-organizational systems, and linkages to inter-dependent decision-making problems. A special emphasis is placed on resolving problems of distributed logistical planning problems, especially in the area of transportation, but also in the area of production logistics. This mainly involves the application of methods of operations research. Over the years, a number of mainly international scholarly meetings on topics surrounding logistics and operations research have been held in Bremen, organized in cooperation with diverse partners. Since 1992 the area of logistics in the faculty of economics has acquired substantial external funding for numerous research projects, for instance from the DFG (Priority program "Distributed Systems in Business Economics " and the Collaborative Research Center SFB 637 "Autonomous Logistics Processes – a Paradigm Change and its Limitations "), from the European Union, the Federal Ministry for education and Research, and the federal state of Bremen. Currently, research includes the implementation of two sub-projects within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 637. The first of these sub-projects deals with collaborative transport operations planning, and the second with adaptive route planning in extremely volatile planning environments.

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Prof. Dr. Norbert Räbiger

Endowed Professorship for Environmental Process Engineering

  • Grantors: Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft; special donations from Bremen enterprises
  • Period of funding: 5 years, from December 1989 till 1994


Prof. Dr. Norbert Räbiger

Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Räbiger took up his appointment to the professorship for environmental engineering at the University of Bremen endowed by the Stifterverband für Deutsche Wissenschaft on 15th December 1989. The thematic field “environmental engineering” was established at the University of Bremen thanks to contributions from a total of 65 different sponsors from the enterprise sector, science, and the private sector. Until December 1999 the field covered by the endowed professorship was embedded in the University as an institute for research and teaching. Hence, this year the "Institute for Environmental Process Engineering" in the Faculty of Production Engineering is celebrating its twentieth anniversary under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Räbiger. The institute can look back over a long period of success in the area of production-integrated environmental protection and the development of new processes in support of sustainable production within manufacturing process engineering. In this time it carried out numerous projects in direct cooperation with industry. When the funding period granted by the Stifterverband expired, the institute continued to work as a competent partner of industry in the area of fundamental research and innovation, e.g. via activities in the field of production-integrated environmental considerations in the treatment of wastewater, renewable energies, microprocessing techniques, multiphase power consumption, and selective separation techniques. The institute has continued to develop independently, and is highly valued as a research project partner for associations and industry, e.g. funded research in the area of process water treatment and optimization. The institute has contributed greatly to Bremen’s reputation as one of the most renowned locations for environmental engineering and its worldwide activities in this field.
Within the brief of the institute, Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Räbiger was able to do full justice to the research concentrations "Elimination and Minimization of Wastewater Emissions" and the "Endkontaminierung of gases and solids via watery mediums" by following the principles of "production-integrated measures of environmental protection". It also contributed to what has become known by the slogan "PIUS" (production-integrated environmental protection), or "effluent-free production" processes, which are now standard practices in industry, not only due to ecological considerations, but also for economic reasons.