DLR Portraits

DLR Portraits

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Discoverer of possibilities

22. June 2012

The department's name is lengthy, and what it does is hidden in numbers and tables. It's not exactly an inviting introduction to a scientist who works in the Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment Department at the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics in Stuttgart.

Janine Schneider

"I like to break things"

25. April 2012

As Janine Schneider walks through the materials testing facility, her eyes light up; it is clear that she is comfortable between the long rows of test equipment. She knew she wanted to work here the moment she entered the premises of the DLR Institute of Materials Research in Cologne for the first time, during a trip there as a student. In our DLR Portraits series, we present the materials researcher.

Erica Barkasz is up early for 'trouble-shooting'

27. March 2012

Erica Barkasz is an early riser; her working day starts at six in the morning in the control room of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) ground station at Weilheim in Upper Bavaria.

Anja Frank

Mistress of test stands and steam generators – Anja Frank

15. December 2011

As a child, she preferred to watch the first launch of an Ariane rocket on 24 December 1979 instead of eating cookies by the Christmas tree. At 10, her wish was to become an astronaut.

Logistics expert for science – rocket engineer Wolfgang Jung

17. November 2011

The Arctic, Antarctic, Australian outback or Brazil: Wolfgang Jung spends several months a year in the most remote places on Earth to prepare and launch sounding rockets - also known as rocket probes - into space.

Combining research and family – aerial photography specialist Franz Kurz

30. September 2011

A traditional job. Varied and in touch with reality. Franz Kurz began looking for a job outside his parents' bed and breakfast in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, and found what he was looking for. Today, at 38, he is a project manager at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Remote Sensing Technology Institute (Institut für Methodik der Fernerkundung; IMF) in Oberpfaffenhofen and father to an 18-month-old son.

A promoter of industry with a green thumb: Gerd Gruppe, Director of DLR Space Administration

12. August 2011

On 1 April 2011, Gerd Gruppe joined the DLR Executive Board as Director of Space Administration in Bonn. An interim report after three months in office offers an opportunity to reflect on priorities and weightlessness, deep-shaft and opencast mining, and on basic research and applications.

Understanding mobility: DLR transport and traffic researcher Barbara Lenz

22. June 2011

Barbara Lenz is the only woman to head one of the 32 research institutes and facilities of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is also the only female professor of Transport Geography in Germany, holding a special DLR professorship at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 1 January 2007, Barbara Lenz has been in charge of the DLR Institute of Transport Research in Adlershof, located to the south of Berlin.

Im Einsatz für die Sicherheit %2d Flugversuchsingenieurin Ina Niewind

Committed to safety – flight test engineer Ina Niewind

24. May 2011

While pilots at the controls of an F-4F Phantom II or Eurofighter conduct test flights at altitudes of several thousand metres, their 'client' stands on the ground below. As a flight test engineer at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ina Niewind ensures that aircraft will be able to operate even more safely in the future. She prepares flight tests, defines the test plans, reviews the responses of the aircraft and the reactions of the pilot, and afterwards, carefully evaluates the results.

Mathematician and stargazer – software expert Rolf Hempel

8. November 2010

Rolf Hempel, the Head of DLR's Simulation and Software Technology, has an asteroid named after him. No wonder, as he devotes much of his spare time to astronomy. A mathematician by training, he manages the development of new software technologies that has applications such as the construction of complex space systems. Rolf Hempel applies his logical streak in equal measure to both his work and to his hobby.