Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Berkemer

After a military career, Dr. Berkemer studied Aerospace Technology at Stuttgart University and obtained his PhD in the subject "Coupled Simulation of Machine Dynamics with Active Control by Use of Linear Finite Element Models". During this time, he was also working part-time as a pilot instructor and as a musician.

Dr. Berkemer startet his work as an engineer at the Centre of Production Technology in Stuttgart (ZFS) and later became the Managing Director of this research institute.

He then moved into the industry and worked as an R&D engineer on mechatronic simulations, mainly with Linear Electric Drive Systems at Siemens.

Before Dr. Berkemer changed to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, he was a Professor for Applied Mechanics and Mechatronics at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Deckert

Dr. Deckert is a Professor of polymer sciences, polymer moulding, manufacturing of composite materials and designing of polymeric parts at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Chemnitz University of Technology. Dr. Deckert has received awards for his work on dynamical temperature control systems in the injection moulding process and also for the moulding of crosslinking material on thermoplastics.

Before his move to Esslingen, Dr. Deckert did technical development of polymer parts and systems at Wittenstein SE in Igersheim.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Friedrich

Dr. Friedrich first studied Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Design Technology. He then went on to further studies in Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen with a major in Materials Handling and Rolling Stock. Dr. Friedrich completed his PhD at the RWTH Aachen.

Dr. Friedrich spent 13 years working in the field of special machine construction as a

  • Technical Project Manager
  • Head of Bogie Design and Development
  • Head of Mechanical Vehicle Engineering
  • Engineering Director

Prof. Dr.-Ing. (IWE) Martin J. Greitmann

Since 2008, Dr. Greitmann has been a professor in the Faculty of Automotive Engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. He is also responsible for the Materials and Joining Technology lab.

From 1987 to 2008, Dr. Greitmann was at the Materials Testing Institute of the University of Stuttgart, conducting research and development in the area of joining technology. Dr. Greitmann obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in the field of welding hard metals onto steel.

He has been a personal member of the German Welding Society (DVS) since 1987; from 1998 to 2016, he acted as Chairman of the work group “Resistance welding in electronics and fine mechanics”. Since 1998, he has also been an Expert of Commission III at the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Since 2013, he has been on the Managing Board of Technology, Research and Development at the German Welding Society (DVS), in the Stuttgart district.

Dr. Greitmann is the Head of the Steinbeis Transfer Centre for Innovative Production Technology (IP).


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Peter Häfele

Dr. Häfele completed his Master of Science degree in Structures and Dynamics at George-Washington University in America. He then finished his Diplom degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He received his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen, and was awarded the Borchers Prize for his doctoral work.

As a student, Dr. Häfele worked as a Research Assistant at George-Washington University in America, and as a Research Engineer in the R&D Department at VAW in Bonn. He then moved to work in Operational Stability in Auto Development at Daimler AG.

Dr. Häfele has been a Professor for Strength of Materials and Operational Stability since 2001. He also runs the university's Materials and Joining Lab, and the "Component Strength and Safety" Steinbeis Transfer Centre.

Among his publications, which number ca. 40 to date, is the text book "Festigkeitslehre" (Strength of Materials), Springer-Verlag (co-author).

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hanno Käß

Dr. Käß completed his Diploma in Physics at the University of Stuttgart. He then carried on to doctoral studies at the Technical University of Berlin in the field of microwave spectroscopy. His doctoral thesis was awarded the "Tiburtius-Prize" of the city of Berlin.

Following this, he did postdoctoral research at the University of Antwerp in Belgium at the Institute for Solid State and Laser Physics, as well as at Darmstadt University of Technology at the Institute of Physical Chemistry.

Then Dr. Käß moved to Tetra Pak Plastic Packaging R&D in Darmstadt, working both as a "One-Man Patent Department" and in industrial research. Later on he changed to Tetra Pak Closures Développement near Lyon in France to a position where he was in charge of (plastic) material development.

Since 2004, Dr. Käß has been a professor for Physics for Engineers in the Faculty of Basic Sciences at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

His publications include more than 30 reviewed articles in scientific journals, and he is the (co)inventor of 10 disclosed patent families.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Leopold

Tobias Leopold studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with a focus on combustion enginges and design technology. He completed his PhD at the Institute of Machine Components at the University of Stuttgart in the area of reliability engeering which was sponsored by Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems.

Afterwards, Dr. Leopold gained industrial experience in reliability engieering, testing, endurance and quality engineering at different companies like Knorr-Bremse, Andreas STIHL, Faurecia Emissions Control and BMW.

Since 2019, Dr. Leopold has been a professor in the Faculty of Automotive Engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.



Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Mathias Oberhauser

Having spent several years as Dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Oberhauser has alwas been very close to the Esslingen Master's Programs. He now teaches the courses Mechatronic Systems and Powertrain Management in the M.Eng. in Automotive Systems, and is very active in many student projects in the university, including the Prius and the Bike2Go project.

Prof. Oberhauser is a member of the International Relations Committee and is very active in our partnership with SeaTech Engineering University in France.

Prof. Oberhauser runs the Lab for Electronics and Control Systems.

His publications include: Oberhauser, M.; Vetter, H. Mechatronische Getriebesysteme. Expert Verlag (in German) and Oberhauser, M. Druckflüssigkeiten. Seminar an der TAE Esslingen (in German).


Professor Dr.-Ing. Andreas Oechsner, D.Sc.

Dr. Öchsner has been a full professor of Lightweight Design and Structural Simulation at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences since 2018.

Having obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (1997), Germany, Dr. Öchsner subsequently served as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg from 1997 to 2003, while working to complete his PhD in Engineering Sciences (Dr.-Ing.).

From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Öchsner was an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Cellular Metals Group affiliated with the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He spent seven years (2007–2013) as a full professor at the Department of Applied Mechanics, Technical University of Malaysia, where he was also Head of the Advanced Materials and Structure Lab.

From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Öchsner was a full professor at the School of Engineering, Griffith University, Australia and Leader of the Mechanical Engineering Program (Head of Discipline and Program Director).

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Phys. Axel Stahl

Dr. Stahl studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Tübingen and the Scuola Normale superiore Pisa in Italy. He completed his PhD at the University of Tübingen in the field of Differential Geometry.

From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Stahl worked in the Central Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH. He has been a professor of Mathematics at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen since 2002.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Wagner

Dr. Wagner is a Professor of Metal Forming, Material Technology and Advanced Metallic Materials at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Stuttgart. Dr. Wagner is an Honorary Professor of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

Before his move to Esslingen, Dr. Wagner did research at the Institute for Metal Forming Technology (IFU) at the University of Stuttgart. He also worked in numerous R&D projects at Forschungsgesellschaft Umformtechnik mbH in Stuttgart.

Dr. Wagner is the Academic Director of the Esslingen DDM program.

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