Recently, the American Consul General Norman Thatcher Scharpf visited Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. Rector Prof. Christof Wolfmaier and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zürn, Head of the International Centre and Graduate School, gave Scharpf a tour of the university's laboratories and facilities. In his talks, Scharpf emphasised that it is particularly important to him to promote cooperations that bring young people together and thus strengthen the friendship between the USA and Germany. His personal connections in the Esslingen district also brought him here.
Laboratory tours and exchange
The Consul General was able to experience how important new technologies in the field of heating technology are for climate protection in the Heat and Heating Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences, Energy and Building Technology.
In MakerSpacES!, the start-up and innovation workshop, the Consul General was able to see for himself the hands-on training and support for founders.
After an introduction by scientific staff from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in the Virtual Automation Lab (VAL), Scharpf tried out the technology himself. Using AR glasses, he was able to control the digital twin of the machine.
Finally, the programme included an exchange with the American student Trevor Pernice. Pernice was nominated by Festo USA for the International Industrial Management (MBA) Master and is now studying in Esslingen.
Outlook for the future
In the future, Scharpf would like to support the further development of cooperation between a university in California, the partner state of Baden-Württemberg, and Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. For his next visit, the Consul General would like to visit the Festo company. Rector Wolfmaier has promised his support for this.
This text was translated with DeepL.