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Electrical Apparatus and Switchgear Group

Contact Person

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Berger

Head of Research Lab

Phone +49 3677-69-2834

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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Berger

Head of Research Lab

Contact: +49 3677 69-2834



Kirchhoff building, Room K 1009

Gustav-Kirchhoff-Straße 1

98693 Ilmenau


Visiting/Talk time by appointment


  • approx. 120 Publications in professional journals and conference volumes
  • Co-author in 2 specialized books:
    • "Taschenbuch der Elektrischen Energietechnik"; Editor Schufft W.; Fachbuchverlag Leipzig; 2007
    • "Elektrische Kontakte, Werkstoffe und Anwendungen"; Editor Vinaricky E.; Springer; 2002
    • "Elektrische Entladungen in Natur und Technik"; Editor Amft D.; 2013
  • approx. 25 patents
  • 2015 Albert-Keil Laureate

Experience / Committees

1991 - 2003

Employee at company Klöckner Moeller GmbH Bonn

1996 - 2003

Head of Applied Research at Moeller GmbH


Appointed as University Professor (C4) for the Research Lab "Electrical devices and installations"

2005 - 2011

Representative of science in the governing board of the certification authority Alpha, German Accreditation Center Frankfurt

seit 2011

Member of the Committee "Elektrotechnik / Informationstechnik" of the DAkkS

2006 - 2009

Vice dean for Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Ilmenau


Head of Department ETG-Q3 "Kontaktverhalten und Schalten" within VDE and the correspondent technical committee ITG

German representative at the International Advisory Group for the "International Conferences on Electrical Contacts"

2009 - 2011

Dean for Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Ilmenau

since 2012

Member in VDE/VDI-GMM-Technical Committee "Optische und Elektronische Verbindungstechnik"

since 2014

Member of the Senat Comitee for Research and Young Academics of TU Ilmenau

since 2016Vocations director for the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of TU Ilmenau

University Education


Diploma - Special school for electronics Martin-Andersen-Nexö, Dresden (MANOS)

1979 - 1984

Study Electrical Engineering at TU Dresden

1987 - 1991

Doctoral Graduation at TU Dresden, Faculty for Electrical/Electronic

Thesis: Modelling and Simulation of low voltage switching devices

Albert-Keil-Price 2015

At this year Albert-Keil-Kontaktseminar, an event organized by the VDE Mittelbaden toghether with ETG-Fachbereiches Q3 and ITG-Fachausschusses 9.5, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Berger received the Albert-Keil-Price 2015 for outstanding merits in leading the VDE special field „Kontaktverhalten und Schalten“ as well as for the research and development in the field of electrical contacts and switching devices, especially for the continuous initiative and sustainement for the industrial usage of modern computer based methods.

Preisverleihung - von links: Herr Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Hubert Draxler, Herr Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Berger, Herr Dr.-Ing. Michael Anheuser