International Award for Christoph Leyens

Dresden materials expert Christoph Leyens has been appointed adjunct professor by the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Leyens is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and director of the Institute for Materials Science at Dresden University of Technology.

Prof. Christoph Leyens (Source: Fh. IWS)

Leyens received the “adjunct professor” award for his cooperation with RMIT University with respect to additive manufacturing. In Australia, the term is used as an honorary title for external scientists who are closely associated with a university. In recent years, the materials expert and his teams at the Fraunhofer IWS and TU Dresden have succeeded in setting internationally visible priorities and establishing additive manufacturing as a beacon of science in Dresden. In the Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden AMCD, operated by Fraunhofer IWS and TU Dresden as a joint expertise center, the scientists interdisciplinarily research and develop material and process solutions for innovative products in order to realize applications in aerospace, energy and medical technology, tools and mechanical engineering as well as automotive technology. With Agent-3D, AMCD experts also coordinate one of the largest European research projects on additive manufacturing. Together with 120 network partners, this rapidly growing field of technology is being developed into an industrial production process.

“I am delighted to receive this award from RMIT University,” Leyens said, “it will further strengthen our international relations with Australia. Sharing of experience among brains is essential in science.” As adjunct professor, Leyens supervises for example doctoral students researching in joint doctoral projects at RMIT University and thereby also gain access to research equipment and expertise knowledge from Dresden not available at their own location. In exchange, Dresden scientists will have a simple opportunity for research stays in Melbourne.

The great distance between Germany and Australia is only of secondary importance in the cooperation of scientists. “The experts in additive manufacturing meet at conferences all over the world, whether in Dresden for our own ISAM 2019 conference, which we have just held very successfully, or in the USA, China or Singapore,” the materials scientist from Dresden describes the many occasions for personal meetings.

Already in June, Leyens travels back to Australia in order to give a lecture on the developments of additive manufacturing in Europe at an international conference in Melbourne during a plenary lecture. He will particularly emphasize the intensive industrial cooperation and the university and non-university research in Germany. These are the cornerstones for the success of German companies in the highly competitive international market. (Source: Fh. IWS)

Links: Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden (AMCD), Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Dresden, GermanyCentre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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