With a scientific colloquium, Technische Universität Ilmenau inaugurated a new large-scale facility for research work on the energy supply of the …

In the winter semester 2022/23, the TU Ilmenau will for the first time offer the courses of the two English-language master's degree programs …

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Professor Thomas Hannappel from Technische Universität Ilmenau and his research team have won the Thuringia Research Award 2022 in the "Basic Research" category. With its research work, the team of scientists achieved significant progress in the development of semiconductor structures for the …

When the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft embarks itsa tour of Germany in May, Flora Incognita will also be on board. The plant identification app …

Starting with the summer semester of 2022, the majority of courses at Thuringia's universities will once again be offered as face-to-face courses. The …

Torsten Schubert (50) is the new managing director of Studierendenwerk Thüringen. He succeeded the long-serving managing director Dr. Ralf …

Neuromorphic electronics

In an interview, Prof. Martin Ziegler explains how the passion to know how the human brain works has stayed with him since childhood and why powerful, energy-efficient electronics, such as those being researched at ForLab NSME, are the order of the day in light of the digital revolution and the world's rapidly increasing energy needs.


After almost one and a half years of online lectures, e-learning and hybrid forms of teaching, the thuringian universities finally started the academic year 2021/22 with face-to-face teaching again. The joint goal of the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society and the thuringian universities was and is to enable students to study in presence as much as possible after three predominantly digital semesters, even under the special conditions of the corona pandemic. In view of the high …

Eva Seidl

Johannes Tesch, 24, Halle

Mechanical engineering, 3rd semester master, survey period November 18 - 25, 2021

My first online master's year at TU Ilmenau was horrible. I found it extremely difficult to stay disciplined. That's why I'm even happier to attend my modules in presence this winter. I'm working as an assistant, attending four courses and additionally sitting in on lectures that I didn't attend 100 percent in my first semesters due to online teaching. In the beginning, it was weird to see so many new faces on campus. But it's cool to meet new people - that makes me happy. I would be really happy if, for example, the Santa Claus lecture could happen. I've never attended them before and it would be nice to experience this special event in my last year.

Eva Seidl

Katharina Kofend, 24, Erfurt

Applied Media and Communication Science, 7th semester bachelor, survey date: 13 December 2021

I noticed especially at the end of the last online semester how much I miss university life. At the moment I'm only taking two regular courses, but both are in attendance - I'm very happy about that. But at the same time there is still a bit of fear, the virus is still there. Although I have been vaccinated, I still have to be aware that we can't carry on as we did before the pandemic. In view of the current pandemic situation, I also think it is absolutely right that face-to-face teaching should be suspended for the time being, simply to protect students and teachers - especially in view of the new omikron variant. That said, I think the hybrid form is the most convenient option and would like to see the university expand it even more in the coming years. I believe that this will be the future of teaching. In the long run, this will also reach more students. Nevertheless, I think that personal contact on site is indispensable.

Eva Seidl

Lukas Manske, 20, Bayreuth

Mechanical engineering, 5th semester diploma, survey period November 18 - 25, 2021

It feels great to attend lectures and seminars in person again - it brings structure to my day. In online teaching, the social pressure was missing: if you don't show up on the screen in the field of participants at WebEx, no one notices. But you notice immediately if you're missing from the lecture hall because of our small course. In that case, you're more likely to attend the lecture. It's also good to see more people on campus again. It's that interpersonal thing that's finally happening again, and I've missed that a lot. I sincerely hope that the teaching will remain present.

Eva Seidl

Michelle Storandt, 25, Pößneck

Industrial Engineering and Management, 4th semester master, survey date: December 13, 2021

I think face-to-face teaching is good and important for all our degree programmes. No matter whether it's a lively exchange or an internship, some things are poorly or not at all possible online. I really missed the contact to fellow students as well as the compensation during my studies, for example in the clubs. It's good to be away from the confines of your own four walls. As a member of a risk group, however, you always have the potential risk of infection in the back of your mind. That's why continuous infection control checks and hybrid offers are very important, on the one hand to feel safe and on the other hand not to miss anything.

Eva Seidl

Isabelle Saalfeld, 21, Weimar

Biomedical Engineering, 7th semester bachelor, interview date: 13 December 2021

This semester, I am taking four subjects and a laboratory practical, all of which have been taught face-to-face so far. In face-to-face teaching, there is much more interaction between lecturers and students. I am much more productive in the lecture hall, for me it is more a place of learning atmosphere. It also just feels nice to see your fellow students again. I'm also happy that the whole campus is busier again and you can meet other people. I think the 3G regulation at TU is good - it just provides more security. That said, I think hybrid teaching is the best solution. That way you have the possibility to take content online in case you get sick or have to go into quarantine. I think it's reasonable that the university is suspending face-to-face teaching until January. It should stay as long as necessary to protect all of us.

Eva Seidl

Artem Andreev, 23, Wladimir, Russia

Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, 3rd semester master's, survey period November 18 - 25, 2021

I think it's great to attend the courses on site again. The lecture halls here on campus are also much better equipped compared to my bachelor's programme in Russia, especially from a technical point of view. That's a big advantage for me as a foreign student: I can attend the lecture in person and then listen to it again at home. But it's also nice to meet your fellow students and simply have personal contact again. My german has also gotten a lot better since I've been attending my classes in person - it makes the language barrier a lot easier. I think everyone here is happy that teaching can take place in presence again.

Eva Seidl

Trang Mila Ho Thien, 24, Schwerin

Applied Media and Communication Science, 7th semester bachelor, survey period November 18 - 25, 2021

This semester I'm only writing my bachelor's thesis and wouldn't have to visit the university at all. Nevertheless, I go to the library and the cafeteria every day. But I miss sitting in the lecture hall. Now that the lectures are back in attendance, I would actually sit in somewhere, just for the feeling. It's also a nice feeling to be around people and see faces again. I missed all the small talk, you didn't have any face-to-face contact with others at all. The partial lockdown is of course exhausting. But there are security people in front of the cafeteria and library - so at least you have a bit of a club feeling there.

Who's Who?

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann

Automotive engineering

Newly appointed

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann has been appointed university professor and head of the Group of Automotive Engineering at theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering as of January 01, 2022. With this appointment, the fields of competence of the Thuringian Innovation Center Mobility (ThIMo) are once again fully staffed.

After studying mechanical engineering and working for four years as a research assistant at the Group of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt. Thomas Bachmann moved to industry in 1997, where he most recently worked in the BMW Group's Digital Car, Automated Driving development area as vehicle project manager of the fully automated driving pilot fleet. Prior to that, he worked on topics such as vehicle safety, driving dynamics, networking and driver assistance.

Prof. Bachmann will contribute his expertise to the ThIMo core competencies of vehicle technology and drive technology. With the new leadership, the Group has been renamed from "Kraftfahzeugtechnik" to "Fahrzeugtechnik". In addition to research, Prof. Bachmann will also be intensively involved in teaching and training the students of the Automotive Engineering program.

Prof. Bachmann is married and has two children aged 23 and 17.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Yury Person

Large Networks and Random Graphs Group

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Newly appointed

Yury Person has been University Professor and Head of the Large Networks and Random Graphs Group  at the Institute of Mathematics at TU Ilmenau since September 10, 2021.

Previously, he was Endowed Junior Professor of the Carl Zeiss Foundation since May 2018. In his research, he searches for patterns in large discrete structures that appear chaotic. This often involves the interplay of structure and randomness as a tool of proof. This also has application references in computer science, for example in property testing.

Yury Person studied mathematics at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently received his PhD in computer science from the Humboldt University of Berlin (2010). After PostDoc at the Institute of Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin, he became Junior Professor of Discrete Mathematics and its Applications at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (2013 - 2018). From 2014 to 2016, he was a fellow in the Main-Campus-educator program of the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main. In 2017, he was nominated by the students of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Goethe University for the 1822 University Award for Excellence in Teaching. Yury Person has had several extended research stays at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (Los Angeles), the Hebrew University Jerusalem, and the Universidade de São Paulo.

Yury Person spends his rare free time with his wife and daughter. He loves improvisational theater, musicals, traveling, and good food.

Univ.-Prof. Kathy Lüdge

Department of Theoretical Physics II

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Newly appointed

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Kathy Lüdge has been appointed to the Technische Universität Ilmenau as of November 1, 2021, where she will head theDepartment ofTheoretical Physics II.

Kathy Lüdge studied physics at the Technische Universität in Berlin and received her doctorate there in 2003 in solid state physics in the field of surface analysis. She completed her habilitation on nonlinear carrier dynamics in quantum dot-based lasers in 2011 at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at TU Berlin, for which she received the Karl Scheel Prize of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in 2012.

During her scientific career, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002, a visiting professor at Freie Universität in Berlin in 2015, and a Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2016. From 2016-2021, she worked as a university professor at TU Berlin, where she headed the Department of Nonlinear Laser Dynamics. She is known to the scientific community through more than 100 articles in renowned journals.

At the TU Ilmenau, Prof. Lüdge will investigate the emission properties of semiconductor devices using numerical methods and develop new approaches for their optimization and innovative applications. The focus is on simulations of spatio-temporal dynamics and machine learning methods.

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).

Niko Krohn

Student Consul

New in office

Niko Kron has been the new student consul at TU Ilmenau since the beginning of the summer semester on April 1, 2022. He succeeds Jan Lemmen in office and will form an important link between university management, student body and the numerous university and student committees in the coming months of his term.

As a student on the bachelor's degree program in mechatronics, Niko Krohn was already active in the university's student council (StuRa) before taking up his post as consul and is therefore close to the issues and interests of the students: "I consider good representation of these interests at the university to be extremely important and am looking forward to taking on some non-technical work after completing my bachelor's degree as consul," says the 24-year-old, explaining his motivation for the post.

In the first few weeks of his six-month term of office, a lot of information has already poured in on the new student representative: "As student consul, I am allowed to take part in many committee meetings of the university as an advisory member, pass on information to improve the exchange between the members of the various committees, and am in direct contact with the presidium every week. This way, I can bring the concerns of the student body to the presidium and, conversely, inform the StuRa about news from the presidium."

Niko Kron is particularly concerned about the interests of the numerous international students in Ilmenau: "As a representative of a university with a high proportion of international students, it is important to me to include their interests and to integrate them well in the committee work." At the same time, Niko Kron would also like to support the volunteers in the committees: "The student committees at the TU Ilmenau are almost exclusively made up of volunteers. There are a lot of administrative tasks involved, and it's important that I can take on at least some of these tasks so that the volunteers can better concentrate on the substantive work."

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 konsul@tu-ilmenau.de or send a message on Telegram to @KonsulTUI.


After more than 30 years as managing director of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, Dr. Ralf Schmidt-Röh is retiring at the end of the year. In the interview on his farewell, he talks about personal retrospectives, insights and outlooks.

11.06. 09.30 - 16.00 o'clock, Online
TU Ilmenau

TU Ilmenau hosted the first Science Camp of the Alliance Thuringian Engineering Sciences from March 07 to 11, 2022. 35 Bachelor students from the seven universities of the THÜR ING alliance spent a week working together on the topic of 'Digital Twin'. Interdisciplinary teams developed digital images …


In March 2014, five graduates of the TU Ilmenau joined forces to put their start-up idea into practice: To design and manufacture microsystems. That was the birth of 5microns GmbH, which has since dedicated itself to the world of tiny micro- and nanometres.

The Microelectronics Research Laboratory of the TU Ilmenau - ForLab NSME

XILforEV - World's first test system for electric vehicles

Innovation Award to Professor Karlheinz Brandenburg