Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Reimund Neugebauer

President of the Fraunhofer Society

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Reimund Neugebauer

Professor Reimund Neugebauer was born on June 27, 1953, in Thuringia, Germany. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Dresden University of Technology and received his doctoral degree in 1984. In 1989, he obtained his post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation). In October 2012, he was appointed president of the Fraunhofer Society.

After holding an executive position in industry, in 1989, he was appointed professor at Dresden University of Technology. Since 1991, he has been executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology  IWU, which has branches in Chemnitz, Dresden, Augsburg, and Zittau. In 1993, he was appointed Chair of the Department for Machine Tools and Forming Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology; since 2000, he has been managing director of the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes IWP at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Professor Neugebauer is a fellow of the International Academy (CIRP) and a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). From 2010 to 2011, he was president of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP). Since 2014, he has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and in 2015 he was appointed co-chair of the High Tech Forum, which is the central advisory committee to the German Federal Government concerning the implementation and further development of the national high-tech strategy. As a member of the steering committee of the Innovation Dialogue, the Fraunhofer president maintains close contact concerning future innovation policies with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and other members of the Federal Government as well as high-profile representatives from academia, business, and society. Furthermore, Professor Neugebauer is a member of the Steering Committee of the newly expanded Industry 4.0 platform, which is maintained by institutions and representatives from politics, business, and science as well as associations and trade unions.