Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe
Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe received a Master in Physics from California State University in Fresno in 1977. After receiving his diploma and doctorate in physics (Darmstadt 1984) he began his work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen as head of the “Laser-Oriented Verfahrensentwicklung” department in 1985 and was managing director of Thyssen Laser Technik GmbH in Aachen from 1989 to 1996. Since February 1996 he has been Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and Professor of Laser Technology at RWTH Aachen University. Prof. Poprawe is a Fellow in various scientific associations, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in USA SME (1998), the Laser Institute of America LIA (2006) and the SPIE (2012). He is a board member of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and a member of numerous national and international boards as an expert or consultant, e.g. at the National Laser Centre of South Africa NLC. Between 09/2005 and 09/2008 he was Pro-Rector for Structure, Research and Young Researchers. He is Chairman of the RWTH International Board and Rectorate Representative for China and received an honorary professorship at the renowned Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2014. He was also awarded the Peter M. Baker Leadership Award of the Laser Institute of America LIA in 2017.
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