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Jan Wörner

The Jan Wörner blog is written by the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center, Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner – no hype! Jan Wörner writes all the posts himself and the gives then to DLR Corporate Communications for editing, picture research and online publication.
Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center since 1 March 2007.

Wörner studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990 Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. In 1990 he returned to Darmstadt University, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.
 

Posts from Jan Wörner

Jan Wörner Blog | 01. March 2010 | 1 Comment

Drei Jahre Vorstandsvorsitzender des DLR - eine tägliche Herausforderung

Am 1. März 2007 habe ich das Amt des Vorsitzenden des Vorstands des DLR angetreten und damit einen persönlichen Berufswechsel ungeahnten, unerwarteten Ausmaßes durchgeführt. Drei von fünf Jahren des Vertrages sind nun vorbei. Es wird Zeit, so etwas wie eine persönliche Bilanz zu ziehen, um gleichzeitig erforderliche Entscheidungen und Entwicklungen der Zukunft vorzubereiten. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 01. March 2010 | 1 Comment

Three years as Chairman of DLR – a challenge every day

On 1 March 2007, I assumed the post of Chairman of the Management Board of the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and in doing so, embarked upon a personal change in career of unimagined and unexpected magnitude. The first three of five years in this post are now behind me and it is time to do something akin to drawing up a personal balance sheet, to prepare myself for the decisions and developments required in the future. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 01. March 2010

Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik - revolutionär oder evolutionär?

Anlässlich des Tags der Technikwissenschaften an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) wurden Vorträge über die Entwicklung von Natur und Technik gehalten. Ich war eingeladen einen Beitrag zu leisten, der sich mit Evolution und Revolution in Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik auseinandersetzen sollte. Eine, wie sich in der Vorbereitung zeigte, sehr spannende Herausforderung … read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 01. March 2010

Aerospace technology – revolutionary or evolutionary?

At the Science and Technology Day at the Berlin-Brandenburg Science Academy (Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften; BBAW), lectures were given on the subject of development in nature and technology. I was invited to present a paper dealing with evolution and revolution in aerospace technologies. This was, as my preparation showed me, a very exciting challenge indeed … read more