Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin is the new Founding Vice President at UTN

Prof. Prömel und Prof. Martin stehen vor einer grünen Pressewand mit dem Logo der UTN. Prof. Prömel schüttelt Prof. Martin die Hand. Dieser hält die aufgeschlagene Urkunde in die Kamera.
Gründungspräsident Prof. Prömel überreicht Prof. Martin die Urkunde zur Bestellung als Gründungsvizepräsident an der UTN. (Copyright: Technische Universität Nürnberg)

The University of Technology Nuremberg (UTN) is extending the Founding Executive Board: As of April 1st, Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin completes the team of Founding President, Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, as Founding Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

NÜRNBERG. “I am delighted that Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin is taking over the position of Founding Vice President. Based on his previous experiences – among other things as Institute Director of Fraunhofer IIS – he will provide important expertise to build up the research structures at a newly founded university.  With his network in the region as well as his international reputation as a scientist, he will play a decisive role in shaping the future path of UTN”, emphasizes Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans Jürgen Prömel.

“Founding of UTN strengthens the entire metropolitan region ”

Alexander Martin studied business mathematics at the University of Augsburg and earned his doctorate and habilitation in mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. After that, he was assistant head of the Optimization Department at the Konrad Zuse Institute in Berlin (ZIB). In 2000, he was appointed Professor at the Technical University Darmstadt where he was Vice President from 2008 – 2010. Most recently, he became Head of the Chair of Analytics & Mixed-Integer Optimization at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. As of 2019, he is one of three Institute Directors of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, where he represents, among other things, the topics of data analytics and artificial intelligence as part of the ADA Lovelace Center. He has participated in different initiatives of the German Research Foundation (DFG), covering the special research areas 666 and 805 which are dealing with interdisciplinary approaches to component development resp. subdomains of mechanical engineering in weight-bearing systems. In addition, he most recently served as spokesperson for the TRR 154 project, whose third phase was recently approved and which seeks answers to the issues and challenges of an efficient gas supply. Alexander Martin was and still is involved in several collaborative projects of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection and he is co-editor of several international journals. Furthermore, he is a member of the Senate and Grants Committee for graduate schools of the DFG and Chairman of the Board of the Society for Operations Research. The scientist looks forward to his transfer to UTN with great anticipation: “I have always followed the establishment of UTN with interest. After all, the founding of a new university strengthens the scientific area of the entire metropolitan region. For that reason, I am very happy to contribute my knowledge and experience to this unique project.” In his function as Institute Director of Fraunhofer, he is also establishing the cooperation of UTN with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Already the second Founding Vice President at UTN

In January 2022, Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke started as Founding Vice President for Academic and International Affairs. She is a renowned expert in the field of digital didactics and is developing university teaching and learning while considering new and modern aspects in this field.  As in teaching, the research concept is based on the three cornerstones of the university: interdisciplinary, international and digital.

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About the University of Technology Nuremberg

The University of Technology Nuremberg was founded on January 1, 2021 and has been the first new foundation of a state-run university in Bavaria since 1978.  With its consistently interdisciplinary approach, an innovative spectrum of subjects, new teaching methods and a future-oriented organizational structure, a model university will be created when it comes to teaching and research. The university is to have an international, interdisciplinary and digital approach. Upon completion, up to 6,000 students will be able to study on a campus embedded in the surrounding quarters.