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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 | 16. April 2010 | 3 Comments

Ein Vulkan bricht aus und beeinflusst ganz Europa

Spätestens seit heute wissen fast alle Europäer, dass Island aktive Vulkane hat, manchem sagt sogar der Name Eyjafjallajökull etwas. Die Folgen des Ausbruchs haben den Luftverkehr in weiten Bereichen lahmgelegt. Das DLR konnte - wie beispielsweise auch seine Partnerorganisationen NASA und ESA - durch seine Kompetenzen und den Zugriff auf entsprechende Satellitendaten auch die Öffentlichkeit über das Ausmaß informieren. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. April 2010 | 3 Comments

A volcanic eruption affects the whole of Europe

As of today, nearly all Europeans know that Iceland has active volcanos, and some are even familiar with the name Eyjafjallajökull. The consequences of the eruption have paralysed air traffic over a wide area. DLR was able – as were its partner organizations, NASA and ESA – to use its expertise and access to appropriate satellite data to inform the public about the extent of the problem. read more