Fraunhofer Taps Knott and Heberling as Ender Retires
On August 1, Peter Knott, Ph.D., and Dirk Heberling stepped in as joint heads of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR.
On August 1, Peter Knott, Ph.D., and Dirk Heberling stepped in as joint heads of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR. Together, they are taking over from Joachim Ender, who is retiring after successfully leading the institute since 2003.
After 40 years at the institute and 13 years as director of Fraunhofer FHR, Ender is known as an expert on innovative radar technologies, such as multi-dimensional imaging and moving target detection, and the reconstruction of signals in down-sampled measurements. The institute opened up many new markets for radar applications. Ender received the Fraunhofer Medal for his achievements.
“Both institute heads are excellent scientists and experts in radar technology,” said Reimund Neugebauer, president. “With Dr. Knott as executive director, he and Prof. Heberling will provide experienced dual leadership that will continue to push radar system applications and further Fraunhofer FHR’s good economic growth.”
Knott joined Fraunhofer in 1994. His research focuses on the electromagnetic simulation and development of antenna groups for radar systems. Since 2005, he has led the institute’s Antenna Technology and Electromagnetic Modelling (AEM) department, and he began teaching at RWTH Aachen in 2009.
After completing his doctorate at RWTH Aachen in 1993, Heberling was initially group manager and then department head at IMST GmbH in Kamp-Lintfort. His research examined antenna technologies for a wide range of applications, and his work reportedly played a crucial role in IMST’s commercial success. In 2008, he was appointed chair at the Institute for High Frequency Technology at RWTH Aachen. He has been a member of the Fraunhofer FHR advisory board since 2009.
“We would like to continue working closely with the German Bundeswehr and the German Federal Ministry of Defense and keep expanding within the framework of new projects,” said Heberling. “We see great demand for growth in radar systems for the civilian sector as well, such as for industry 4.0 applications and automated driving. Having a Fraunhofer FHR location on the RWTH Aachen campus guarantees a close link to these technologies in the future.”
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