by Juliane Neidhardt


The Technische Hochschule Ilmenau had set its sights high in 1992. The number of students was to increase almost threefold in the long term. An important building block on this path was the renewal of the university. This included extensive renovation work on the campus, but also the improvement of equipment for research and teaching.


Adapting to new circumstances

In 1992, the new federal states also had to adapt to the changed circumstances. This also affected the equipment of the university. The Technische Hochschule Ilmenau took various paths to obtain state-of-the-art equipment. This was not only to make the university more attractive to students, but also to increase its competitiveness in Germany as a whole and internationally.


Cooperation with industry

From an early stage, special emphasis was placed on cooperation with industry. This applied both to the already established companies and to the often still quite new companies in the area. As early as 1991, the Ilmenauer Technologie- und Gründerzentrum was established. It was important for the economy to strengthen the research at the Technische Hochschule Ilmenau in order to be able to profit from it in the end. Therefore, it was quite common that the university received donations, mostly in the form of material resources. The company Concept Computer-Markt, for example, donated a new PC to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. But the university was also able to acquire donations of a much larger scale.

Rector Prof. Köhler and Dean Prof. Schipanski in conversation with HP sales manager Peter Grams (Source: UAI, Negative 920117-1-04)

Measurement technology from HP

Thus, the Institute for Solid State Electronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology was able to receive representatives of the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) on January 17, 1992. HP, a U.S. company headquartered in California, may be known to many for its manufacture of home computing equipment. However, the donation included a circuit test system worth 350,000 DM to be made available to students in the solid-state electronics specialization. In the presence of numerous representatives from industry and politics, Dean Prof. Schipanski and Rector Prof. Köhler accepted received the UNIX-based measuring system(source: IHB 1/1992, p. 6).

Rector Prof. Köhler at the handing over of the workstation pool of the company Siemens-Nixdorf AG (Source: UAI, Negative 929224-17)

Siemens Workstation Pool

On February 21, 1992, the Computer Center of the Technische Hochschule Ilmenau received a multimedia-capable workstation pool from Siemens-Nixdorf AG. These were to be used for computationally intensive graphics processing by students and post-doctoral students. In the presence of the press and Ilmenau scientists, rector Prof. Köhler presentet the acquisition worth 350,000 DM.(Source: IHB 4/1992, p. 5)