For the start of the winter semester 2021/2022, the TU Ilmenau welcomed the freshmen, their relatives, friends and family on 9 October 2021 with the …

It is the medium with which TU Ilmenau presents itself to the worldwide public: its website. The university's website has just undergone a …

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Junge Wissenschaftlerin im Kittel und mit Handschuhen hält Siliziumwafer Christoph Gorke
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With a theme year, the university provides insights into the broad spectrum of its research activities, with which it is competently helping to shape the energy transition. The work is bundled under the umbrella of the Thuringian Energy Research Institute (ThEFI).

After the Paris climate resolutions of 2015, in view of the new European climate targets, the Federal Constitutional Court ruling of April 2021 and …

At the end of September, the TU Ilmenau hosted the meeting of the Technical Committee I "Physics and Chemistry of Glass" of the German Glass …

Prof. Martin Haardt, Head of the Communications Engineering Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, has been …

Ilmenau Corona Research

Worldwide media coverage

From the BBC to the renowned New York Times - the model developed by the Ilmenau mathematician Prof. Thomas Hotz for the daily calculation of the reproduction factor R received a worldwide media echo.


Ilmenau is what you make of it - this slogan is almost legendary at the university. Indeed: the clubs, specialist initiatives and committees at the TU offer an almost inexhaustible range of ways to get involved alongside your studies or to pursue your own interests. UNIonline asked students on campus what they have found for themselves.

Ariane Gomer

Lukas Bauer, Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance)

Applied media and communication science

I was already involved in a few clubs during my time in Ilmenau and joined the bc café in my last semester to help out at the bar. Working at the café is a great balance for me besides my bachelor thesis. You spend a lot of time with nice people and it's very uncomplicated. We also plan cool events outside of the café's opening hours together with the other clubs. One of the highlights for the café in the summer semester is the DJ Café, which happens outside some days when the weather is good. Since this semester will be my last summer in Ilmenau, I'm especially looking forward to spending some quality time with all my friends from the café.

Ariane Gomer

Mandy Bez, Reutlingen, 23

Graduate in Applied Media and Communication Science

Almost during my entire time as student I have been active in the university film club (HFC). I have always enjoyed the work very much. From our weekly events to organizing the summer cinema, there has never been a lack of varied tasks. We also organized many internal events to get to know each other better. Through the joint actions, a large circle of friends has formed from the HFC, which I will really miss. Because I finished my studies at the beginning of the year and it was really hard for me to leave Ilmenau and the great club life behind.

Ariane Gomer

Simon Eisenhauer, Neudietendorf, 25

Business Informatics

As a "Master Ersti" in 2019, I attended the club presentations during my freshman week and also participated in the town rally. It was there that the H-Club particularly caught my eye. After visiting the weekly general meetings, I realized that I would also like to be a part of Ilmenau's club life. In the H-Club I was elected club financier after a few months, which is a very responsible job. It is great fun for me to do voluntary work besides my studies and to do a meaningful job in the student club. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to meet a lot of new people during the first semester. I can only recommend it to everyone to get involved in club life, because that's what makes Ilmenau!

Ariane Gomer

Bruno Ramirez, Peru, 27


I have been active in Ilmenau's club life for seven years. Currently I am a member of the ILSC board. This consists of the four student clubs and the café. Besides organizing big events like open airs, indoor concerts and festivals, we also organize the student nightlife. At the beginning of my bachelor studies a friend recommended me to get involved in clubs to meet new people. In the meantime, the ILSC has become my Ilmenau family. I have now reached the end of my mechatronics master's degree and can say that I couldn't have imagined a better time in Ilmenau.

Ariane Gomer

Konstantina Tzimani, Reutlingen, 25

Applied media and communication science

I came to Ilmenau two years ago and was made aware of SWING e.V. by my flatmates right from the start. At a members' meeting I then had the opportunity to get to know the members and the projects of SWING. Today I am the chairman of the board and represent the association to the outside world. If you like organising events and planning projects, SWING is the right place for you. The company contact fair inova is the biggest of our projects. But we also go on joint excursions. I've made some great friends through this, with whom it's great fun to work on solutions together.

Ariane Gomer

Miriam Mezger, Frankfurt, 24

Media Economics

Since I had a great freshman week in my first semester, I became a tutor for the new freshmen a year later. This engagement was a great opportunity for me to get into the club life. After I had settled in Ilmenau, I also took part in some sports courses, like the indoor cycling course. There I got into conversation with my trainer and he offered me to support him as a co-trainer. Since I have a trainer's license myself, I was even able to take over the classes myself after a while. In the meantime, I have been giving this course for almost two years and am happy every time to balance out my everyday life through sport.

Who's Who?

Jun.-Prof. Elena Freisinger

Group Innovation Management

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Newly appointed

Dr. Elena Freisinger has been a new junior professor at the Department of Economic Science and Media and head of the Innovation Managemen Group since September 1. In her new field of work at the Institute of Business Administration, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger will research the emergence and impact of innovations on individuals, companies and society.

After studying International Business Law at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, she earned her PhD in Innovation Management at EBS University of Business and Law in 2019. In her dissertation, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger researched business model innovations and their impact on individuals and organizations. During her doctorate, she completed research stays as a visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger was most recently a researcher at the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions (NIM) in the Behavioral Sciences and Future & Trends research groups and a research associate at the Strascheg Institute for Innovation, Transformation and Entrepreneurship (SITE) at the EBS University of Economics and Law in Oestrich-Winkel/Hesse. Elena Freisinger gained practical experience as an executive assistant at the industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler in Herzogenaurach.

Univ.-Prof. Albrecht Gensior

Group Power electronics

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Newly appointed

Dr.-Ing. Albrecht Gensior was appointed university professor at Technische Universität Ilmenau  as of September 1, 2021. He heads the Group of Power Electronics and Controls in Electrical Power Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, succeeding Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Petzoldt.

Albrecht Gensior studied electrical engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden and then worked as a research assistant at the Power Electronics Professorship at the TU Dresden.

In 2008, he completed his doctorate at TU Dresden in the field of flatness-based control for power electronic systems, where he established the independently funded research group "Modeling and Nonlinear Control of Power Electronic Systems" in 2013. The research focus of this group, funded by grants from the DFG and industrial funds, was primarily on the use of nonlinear design methods in control engineering for power electronic applications.

In 2019, he undertook a research and teaching visit to the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. Albrecht Gensior is known to the scientific community for more than 40 journal and conference papers and patent applications.

Jun.-Prof. Juliane Mendelsohn

Group Law and Economics of Digitization

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Newly appointed

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Juliane Mendelsohn has been appointed Junior Professor and Head of the newly established Group for Law and Economics of Digitization on September 1, 2021.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Juliane Mendelsohn grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied law at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Connecticut, School of Law. She then completed her doctorate under Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, LL.M (Yale), on the topic of "Systemic Risk and the Order of Competition in the Banking Sector - Towards the End of Too Big To Fail", also at the Free University of Berlin. She then completed her legal clerkship, which included stints at the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the law firm Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt, and the NGO "Lawyers for Human Rights" in Johannesburg.

From the end of 2018 until mid-2021, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Juliane Mendelsohn led a renowned English-language master's program in competition and regulatory law at Freie Universität Berlin, devoting more time to the topics of competition policy, law and economics, and digitalization. Her core topic is power in the private sphere (in business and civil society).

Jun.-Prof. Thomas Kissinger

Group for Nanofabrication and Nanometrology

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Newly appointed

Dr. Thomas Kissinger is a new assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU Ilmenau and head of the new Group for nanofabrication and nanometrology. In his new field of work at the Institute for Process Measurement and Sensor Technology, Prof. Kissinger will conduct research on precision machines for nanometer-precise production and analysis technology. In addition, he will work on measurements in fiber optics, pressure and force sensors.

Thomas Kissinger studied physics at the University of Würzburg and at the same time information and communication technology at the Fernuniversität Hagen. He then worked in industry, where he was intensively involved in optical nanomessing and positioning technology. In 2016, he received his PhD from Cranfield University in the UK in the field of optical interferometry. For his PhD, he received the university's dissertation award, the "Lord Kings Norton Medal". In his post-doctoral work and later also as a Lecturer at Cranfield, Thomas Kissinger conducted research on high-precision interferometric measuring devices for demanding environments, such as helicopter wings or robots. His research results are already being used by several commercial enterprises.

At TU Ilmenau, Prof. Thomas Kissinger will conduct research on improving the positional accuracy and dynamics of precision machines for ultra-precise production and analysis technology. In addition to basic research in this field, he will also work on cost-effective methods with broad potential for use in industry. Furthermore, applications for interferometric measurements in fiber optics, pressure and force sensing and imaging will also be explored.

Univ.-Prof. Patrick Mäder

Group of Data-intensive Systems and Visualization

Newly appointed

On June 25, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Patrick Mäder was appointed university professor and head of the Group of Data-intensive Systems and Visualization at the Department of Computer Science and Automation. With the establishment of the new department, TU Ilmenau is consolidating and strengthening its profile in the future field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Professor Mäder previously accompanied the junior professor software engineering for safety-critical systems at the TU Ilmenau and is internationally renowned through numerous, often interdisciplinary, collaborations and publications.

After his studies at the TU Ilmenau, he worked as a consultant and software developer in projects of various automotive manufacturers and suppliers. In 2005 Patrick Mäder started his doctoral studies at the TU Ilmenau and worked on the continuous traceability of software developments. He was awarded the Thuringian STIFT Prize for his dissertation.

From 2010, Patrick Mäder conducted research as a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Johannes Kepler University Linz at the Institute of Software Systems Engineering. In 2012, he returned to TU Ilmenau and acquired, processed and coordinated numerous third-party funded projects in the areas of software engineering and machine learning. During this time, he spent various research stays of several months at DePaul University Chicago. Since 2016, he was an assistant professor of the Endowed Chair of Software Engineering for Safety-Critical Systems at the Department of Computer Science and Automation and expanded it to a department with 18 research associates at last count. His research is devoted to topics in secure and reliable software; scalable, multi-modal, and explainable machine learning; and computational biology and ecology. In 2020, he and the project team were awarded the Thuringian Research Prize in the category of applied research for the development of an app-based solution for identifying native plants, "Flora Incognita".

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Patrique Fiedler

Group for Data Analysis in the Life Sciences

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Newly appointed

Since April 2021, Dr.-Ing. Patrique Fiedler is junior professor and head of the new Group for Data Analysis in the Life Sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.

Patrique Fiedler studied electrical engineering and information technology at TU Ilmenau, received his PhD in biomedical sensor and electrode technologies in 2017 and was awarded the TU Ilmenau Dissertation Prize in 2018.

He then moved to industry and held various development, project and product management positions at an internationally active medical technology manufacturer. In addition, he worked several times as a guest researcher at the University of Porto in Portugal and the University of Pescara-Chieti in Italy.

Future research interests of the department include data fusion and analysis of multimodal datasets and body sensor networks, as well as the exploration of novel sensor concepts for biomedical engineering. Another focus will be the development of online-capable analysis methods for hardware-related data processing. Here, real-time and online-capable adaptive analysis methods for time-variant biosignals will be developed with a focus on electrophysiology / neuroscience.

Sebastian Hübner

Advisor to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

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New in office

On 01.08.2021 Sebastian Hübner started his position as an advisor for the Vice President for Studies and Teaching.

The native of Thuringia studied mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden. During his studies he gained a wealth of experience in the field of student and academic self-administration. Among other things, he was a senator at the TU Dresden and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Center for Quality Analysis. He acquired the necessary expertise in the course of his multiple expert activities in programme accreditation procedures at home and abroad. For his commitment, TU Dresden awarded him the Lohrmann Medal in 2018. With this award, the university honors its best graduates for their outstanding achievements.

After successfully completing his diploma, Sebastian Hübner began a scientific career at TU Dresden at the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology. In 2020, he moved to TU Ilmenau to the Department of Quality Assurance and Industrial Image Processing.

He now wants to use his experience in both scientific and administrative areas of the university profitably for the entire TU Ilmenau.


Jan Lemmen

Student Consul

New in office

Since the beginning of the summer semester Jan Lemmen is the new student consul and succeeds Mr. Jan Angerer, who was consul for the previous semester. The student of the Bachelor of Computer and Systems Engineering already brings experience from the student body of the Student Council for Computer Science and Automation to his office.

Jan Lemmen's term of office was and is particularly marked by the pandemic. In combination with the quality management, which is in a state of upheaval, and the revision of all study programmes, there are great challenges. As a link between the university management, the student body and the university and student committees, the consul has the task of ensuring the flow of communication and steering it on the student side. Especially due to the good and constructive cooperation on all levels of the university, this is currently succeeding in the face of the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Lemmen at or send a message on Telegram to @KonsulTUI.

Dr. Heike Schorcht

Head of the Presidential Office

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New in office

On 1 March 2021, Heike Schorcht took up her post as Head of the Presidential Office and will support the President in his work in the future.

Born in Ilmenau, she studied business administration at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and TU Dresden. She gained her first professional experience in research and teaching as well as on university committees as a research assistant and research associate at the Faculty of Economics at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. She received her doctorate there in 2003.

In the same year, she moved to the rector's office and took on the task of advisor to the prorector for education. In this function she has since been involved in a wide variety of topics in the area of study and teaching. In addition to the conversion of diploma courses to Bachelor's/Master's structures within the framework of the Bologna Process, she has accompanied the hitherto innovative system accreditation procedure at the University. Through regular participation in conferences, workshops and further education as well as in a course for lecturers of the ZWM, she has been able to deepen her expertise in these topics as well as in related areas. She will use the diverse experience she has gained for the challenging tasks in her new office.


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Isabel, Maik and Natalie are studying Biotechnical Chemistry in their fourth semester. The aim of the interdisciplinary study program is to provide students with specialist knowledge and key skills in modern chemistry with a focus on chemical applications in systems development and biotechnology, …


What started as a research project of five young scientists around Dr. Jürgen Sachs, Faculty of Computer Science and Automation, resulted in a startup in 2016: ILMSENS GmbH. Supported in the start-up phase by the federal government's EXIST program and located in the TGZ Ilmenau, the company has …

Our campus from above

Thuringian Research Award

Innovation Award to Professor Karlheinz Brandenburg