4th Global Aerospace Summit to take place in Bavaria

Offene Professur im Munich Aerospace-Netzwerk

26 Juli 2022 - For the fourth time, researchers and experts from Munich Aerospace's innovation network and from the Bavarian partner regions (Regional Leaders' Summit) will meet for the Global Aerospace Summit in Herrsching, Bavaria, from 19-21 September 2022.

The three-day event will focus on the topic of "Sustainable (Aero)Space: Protecting our Environment with Technological Innovations" and, in addition to technical contributions, will address opportunities for the rapid implementation of exciting ideas in sustainable products and services.

After events in Bavaria (2017), Montréal (2018) and Sao Paulo (2019) and a break due to corona, the scientists from the Bavarian partner regions will meet again this year for a face-to-face exchange, discuss their technological status quo and explore new practices for sustainable technologies and collaborations in aviation and space.

The free event has a very limited number of participants. Please register for the waiting list at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Prof. Christian Moreau is a professor in the Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering Department at Concordia University since 2013. He is the holder of the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering and Research Director of the Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI). Since 2017, he leads the NSERC Canada Research Strategic Network on Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green-SEAM). He is also Director and co-founder on the Concordia Research Centre on Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering (TSSE).


Prof. Laurie Garrow Dr. Garrow is a Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility (CURAM) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is an expert in aviation, travel behavior, data analytics, and discrete choice modeling.  Her work on urban air mobility and aviation has been featured by the BBC, CNN Travel, NPRUSA Today, the LA Times, IEEE Spectrum, Avionics International, and other media outlets.  Dr. Garrow earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University, with an emphasis on travel demand modeling and airline passenger behavior. She is a recipient of a NSF CAREER, the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. She currently serves as President of AGIFORS and previously served as Vice President of Sections and Societies of INFORMS, President of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS, and Chair of the Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS.


Fabian Donus joined MTU Aero Engines as an Aerospace Engineer after graduation in 2008 and worked several years as a gas turbine performance engineer on the development of the first generation Geared Turbofan. Donus changed to the advanced design department as focal point for revolutionary engine concepts and temporarily worked at the corporate strategy department to build-up the “InnoLab”, MTUs incubator for radical innovations. Since 2021 he acts as the Innovative Propulsion Director responsible for sustainability in aviation. 

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler is Full Professor of the Chair for Carbon Composites at Technical University of Munich and member of the Executive Board of Munich Aerospace. He is the Lead Scientist of the first international e-learning and research network programme "Global Aerospace Campus", which was launched in 2016 as part of the Regional Leaders' Summit and addresses scientists and experts from the Bavarian partner regions. The programme reaches up to 10,000 learners worldwide. In 2019, Drechsler was appointed Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV).

Kloeckner Dr. Andreas Klöckner is in charge of the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) aeronautics strategy in the organisational unit of the Divisional Board Aeronautics. After receiving his doctorate at the DLR Institute of System Dynamics and Control, he moved to the Programme Strategy Aeronautics in order to steer DLR's research and cooperations on behalf of the executive board and in the following of the Divisional Board Aeronautics.

Dr. Simon M. Kothe studied mechanical engineering at Technical University Hamburg. From 03.2010 to 02.2011 he worked as a Scientific Researcher at the Institute for Production Management and Technology at Technical University Hamburg. In 03.2011 he became Group Manager and Deputy Head of Department at the Automation and Production Technology Department of Fraunhofer IFAM in Stade. His main fields of activity were automated machining systems, measurement devices and robotics. These were also the topics of his doctoral thesis. Between 06.2017 and 07.2018 he worked as Patent Engineer at VKK Patent Attorneys in Hamburg. In 09.2018 Simon Kothe returned to Fraunhofer IFAM in Bremen as Head of Department Business Development. Since 07.2021 he is also Head of Central Office of Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE.


Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky since 2019, and since its establishment in 2021 the Executive Director of the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking. Clean Aviation develops and demonstrates revolutionary new technologies and aircraft concepts to support the EU’s climate neutrality goals for aviation in the context of the Horizon Europe framework programme for Research & Innovation and the European Green Deal. Prior to Clean Sky, Axel held various positions in Airbus, including Senior Vice President Cyber Security Program (2014 - 2019); Senior Vice President Research & Technology (2007 - 2014); Senior Vice President Strategic Development (2004 - 2007); and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (2000 - 2004). 


Johannes Stuhlberger, Airbus Defense and Space


Dr. Olaf Heintze is assigned to the Divisional Board Member Aeronautics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Dr. Markus Fischer, for aeronautics division development matters. After completing his doctorate in the USA, he joined DLR, then coordinated research in a medium-sized aerospace company before returning to DLR, first to the Aeronautics Program Directorate as a research area coordinator and then to the Divisional Board Aeronautics.


Prof. Carole Ey Ayoubi ing., PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University. She is currently Director of two undergraduate programs; mechanical and aerospace engineering, as well as the director of education at the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation. Dr. El Ayoubi is dedicated to the cultivation of multidisciplinary teaching methods and support excellence in aerospace training at Concordia University. She has experience as an aerodynamics engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada, and her area of research is focused on the aerothermal design of gas turbines.


Prof. Matthias Gerdts received his doctoral degree in 2001 and his habilitation in 2006 from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2003 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego. From 2004 to 2007 he held a junior professorship for numerical optimal control at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Hamburg, Germany, and moved afterwards to a lecturer position for mathematical optimization at the University of Birmingham, U.K.. From 2009-2010 he was an associate professor for optimal control at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Since 2010 he is a full professor for engineering mathematics at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of the Bundeswehr University Munich. His primary research interests are optimal control and methods, differential-algebraic equations, model-predictive control, and sensitivity analysis with applications in automotive systems, robotics, and aerospace engineering.


Prof. Constantinos Antoniou (PhD MIT) is a Full Professor of the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. His research focuses on modelling and optimization of transportation systems, data analytics and machine learning for transportation systems, and human factors for future mobility systems.


Prof. Rafaela Kraus is Vice President Entrepreneurship at the Bundeswehr University Munich. After studying business administration and economics at Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich and the Sorbonne in Paris, she earned her doctorate in business psychology at LMU. She launched the entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship programme founders@unibw in 2019, and the European space tech accelerator program SpaceFounders in 2021. It is her vision to promote startups with relevance for the public sector and to bring more entrepreneurial spirit to the Bundeswehr.


Prof. Hany Moustapha is Professor and Director of the Aerospace Programmes (AEROÉTS) at ÉTS Montréal. He is the Canadian industry and academic member of NATO’s Aviation Technology since 2000 and founder and cofounder of the Montreal Aerospace Institute (MAI, 2001), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ, 2002), Aero Montreal Cluster (2005), the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN, 2007), AEROETS (2010), Aerospace 4.0 (2016) and Innovation 4.0 Network of eight Canadian universities (2019).

Bartz DLR

Dr. Hannes Bartz received his Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich in 2017. In his dissertation (supervised by Prof. Gerhard Kramer) he developed efficient algebraic decoding schemes for error-correcting codes in subspace and rank metric. These codes are of particular interest for error control in network coding as well as for code-based cryptosystems. In July 2017 he joined the Information Transmission Group within the Satellite Networks department at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where he worked code-based post-quantum cryptosystems. Since April 2021 he is leading the Quantum-Resistant Cryptography (QRC) group within the Satellite Networks department. Since July 2017 he is part of the Munich Aerospace research group “Multiaccess and Security Coding for Massive IoT Satellite Systems”. Hannes Bartz received the Prof. Dr. Ralf Kötter memorial award for his diploma thesis in 2012.


Dr. Thomas Delamotte, Chair of Signal Processing, Bundeswehr University Munich


Dr. Kay Plötner Head of Economics and Transportation, Strategic Research Coordinator "Urban & Regional (Air) Mobility", Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V.


Dr. Florian Dötzer is Managing Director of TUM Venture Lab Aerospace in Munich. He is actively promoting high-technology innovations through his role as advisor for multi-national companies and mentoring start-ups at German Accelerator, Slingshot and AdMaCom. In Singapore, he was active as industry liaison for Technische Universität München’s Singapore office. He held various positions at Altran Group, Airbus and BMW Group in Munich, Delhi, Bangalore and Hamburg.


Dr. Christian Helcig is the Chief Engineer at the Chair of Turbomachinery and Flight Propulsion at the Technical University of Munich. His primary responsibilities are the administration of the Chair, teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and mentoring and supporting Ph.D. students. His research interest is sustainable aviation, including advanced aerodynamic designs, heat transfer methods, sustainable flight propulsion, and aviation fuels. Besides his academic career, he worked as a test engineer for Rolls-Royce. Christian Helcig is the TUM organizer for the "European Consortium for Advanced Training in Aerospace," which gives him a broad overview of the aviation industry's challenges and needs. In 2021 he joined Munich Aerospace as a research group leader for the "Performance and Emissions of Helicopter Engines using Drop-In Biofuels.

Jurkat Witchas

Dr. Tina Jurkat-Witschas studied Physics at the University of Heidelberg and Conception, Chile and did her PhD in airborne measurements of jet engine exhaust gases. She is employed as a scientist at German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2010, working in the field of aircraft emissions and contrails and aircraft icing. She has participated in and coordinated national and international flight campaigns related to aircraft emissions and contrails. Since 2021 she is leading the research group H2CONTRAIL investigating the impact of hydrogen engines on contrail properties.


Dr. Sudipan Saha is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the AI4EO Future Lab, Technical University of Munich, working with Prof. Xiao Xiang Zhu. He received a Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy in 2020 working with Dr. Francesca Bovolo and Prof. Lorenzo Bruzzone. He is the recipient of FBK Best Student Award 2020. Previously, he obtained the M.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, in 2014. He worked as an Engineer with TSMC Limited, Hsinchu, Taiwan, from 2015 to 2016. His research interests are related to multi-temporal and multi-sensor remote sensing image analysis, uncertainty quantification, image segmentation, and deep learning.



Tobias Korbanek holds a diploma degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Dresden. During his studies he had student-stations at Rolls Royce Deutschland. He joined IABG in 2008 as a test engineer for full scale fatigue tests on Airbus A380 and others. Korbanek re-focused 2019 within IABG on the concept development for hybrid-electric propulsion systems testing applications. Currently he is developing a hydrogen testing project for cryogenic-systems with a focus on large systems and high-risk-testing environments.


Lukas Krempel holds a master's degree in Physics from the Technical University of Munich. Next to the studies he was student lead of the CubeSat mission MOVE-II that has been operational in space since 2018. From 2019 onwards he has been part of OroraTech GmbH. Currently he is leading the payload development, enabling the satellites to detect wildfires from space.


Elisabeth Loeffelholz von Colberg studied as Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. & Master of Science in Strategic Project Management and started her professional career at Tesat-Spacecom afterwards. Following several career steps at Airbus Defence and Space and ArianeGroup, she was always associated to space. Today at ArianeGroup Elisabeth is a Business Manager for Hydrogen in Germany. She is responsible for business development for hydrogen and for coordinating ArianeGroup’s hydrogen activities in Germany. The enormous exposure to CO2 emissions, require the aerospace industry to reposition its economic footprint. One major focus is the transfer to green energy supply. Elisabeth is convinced that hydrogen is a key enabler to reduce emissions and will be a key part of the solution to stop climate change. Elisabeth is passionate about nature and loves to be in the forest. “Being able to contribute to something bigger and to make an impact – to save nature – is what drives me.”.


Fiona Starke holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development. She joined Munich Airport in 2017 and has been part of the Strategic Sustainability Management team of MUC since 2019. As CSR manager, she coordinates the implementation of the sustainability strategy and is leading projects in various fields of sustainable business development. Furthermore, she supports the pursuit of Munich Airport’s goal to reach climate-neutrality in 2030 and net zero emissions in 2050 the latest.


Thorsten Rudolph has founded Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) in 2004 as a spin-off from the German Aerospace Center (DLR e.v.), where he was responsible for the technology transfer unit. He has served as the Managing Director of AZO  ever since. Thorsten has successfully grown AZO from a local incubator to the largest space innovation network in Europe, covering the entire space start-up value chain from ideation over acceleration to market entry and the acquisition of equity funding.


Torsten Semper holds a diploma degree in automotive engineering and joined IABG in 2020. Before he worked 20 years in the automotive and renewable energy industry in various positions focused on the development of internal combustion engines, hybridization concepts, waste heat recovery systems and fuel cell stacks. Starting in 2015 Torsten built up the sustainable engineering team at IAV to support the development of future powertrains for road transport applications. Since 2021 he acts as Head of Testing and Simulation of Hydrogen Applications.


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