The four key Munich Aerospace managing bodies are the Executive Board, the Scientific Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees and the Members' Meeting. A prestigious roster of individuals from the sciences and business, and ministry officials direct the Association’s activities and offer strategic advice.
The Members' Meeting is the highest decision-making body of the Association, consisting of one highest ranking representative each of every member institution, i.e. TUM, DLR, UniBwM and BHL. The Members’ Meeting represents a governance body responsible for passing resolutions on the content and strategic orientation of Munich Aerospace. It normally convenes once a year.
The current staff roster is as follows:
- Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the Executive Board, on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, President, on behalf of Technical University of Munich (TUM)
- Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, Executive Director, on behalf of Bauhaus Luftfahrt (BHL)
- Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss, President, on behalf of the Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBwM)
The Executive Board is responsible for all matters relating to the Association’s operations and is also responsible for preparing and convening the Members' Meeting as well as meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board, executing their resolutions and recommendations, and preparing the business plan and schedule. The Executive Board consists of one Executive Chairman and representatives from the four member institutions. All significant tasks at hand are coordinated with the Administrative Office at monthly board meetings. The Executive Board appoints the Management Board members.
Chairman of the Executive Board
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter W. Hein served as director of the Institute of Geodesy and Navigation of Bundeswehr University Munich until 2008, receiving the honorary title of Professor Emeritus of Excellence of that university in 2015. From 2008 to 2014 he headed the EGNOS and GNSS Evolution Programme Department at the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2002 he was granted the Johannes Kepler Award of the US Institute of Navigation, followed by the European Inventor Award in 2017. In 2015 he was appointed to the Munich Aerospace Executive Board on behalf of UniBwM, becoming Chairman of the Executive Board in 2017.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Baier, Tenured Professor (Ordinarius) of the Institute of Lightweight Structures of Technical University of Munich since 1997. From 1977 to 1997, working for Dornier System in various technology sectors involving mechanical systems, he was senior head of department and later chief engineer. He has been representing Technical University of Munich at the Executive Board since 2016.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann Bals, Head of the Institute of System Dynamics and Control at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen since 2012. He is Honorary Professor at Bundeswehr University Munich and since 2013 DLR representative to the Executive Board of Munich Aerospace.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler, Chair for Carbon Composites at Technical University of Munich since 2009 and TUM representative to the Executive Board of Munich Aerospace since 2015, having held the position of Chairman of the Executive Board from 2016 to 2017. Since 2019 he has also served as Senior Executive of the Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV.
Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, member of the Executive Board Science and Technology of Bauhaus Luftfahrt since 2010 and Munich Aerospace founding member. As professor at the Institute for Aircraft Design at Technical University of Munich he was appointed Dean of the TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy in October 2020, and in June 2011 he also became founding member of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg). Hornung is also part of the Transport Advisory Group to the European Commission. As member of the Munich Aerospace Executive Board and the Ludwig Bölkow Campus Steering Committee, he has been representing Bauhaus Luftfahrt since 2018.
Scientific Advisory Board
Munich Aerospace has appointed a consultative body dealing exclusively with scientific issues, advising the Association in particular on matters relating to long-term research and development planning and the assessment of research projects. The Scientific Advisory Board has a prestigious roster of individuals from the research and science communities.
Spokesman on space technology:
Dr. Günther Kohlhammer, former Chief Digital Officer (ESA)
Spokesman on aviation technology:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Staudacher, former Head of the Institute of Flight Systems of the Bundeswehr University (UniBwM)
- Bertram Arbesser-Rastburg, FIEEE, president of the Austrian Institute of Navigation, former Head of the Electromagnetics and Space Environment Division (ESA)
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Fritsch, former Director of the Institute for Photogrammetry (University of Stuttgart)
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiner Klinkrad, former Head of the Space Debris Office (ESA)
- Dr. Gerd R. Kraft, former Director Programmes of DLR Space Administration (DLR)
- Prof. Dr. Horst Schmidt-Bischoffshausen, former Head of Strategic Corporate Research and Patents (EADS Germany)
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has an advisory function to the Executive Board and the Members’ Meeting and consists of Munich Aerospace representatives, prominent scientists, business executives and ministry officials. The support provided by the Board of Trustees in fulfilling the Association’s mission constitutes a major contribution to the promotion and further development of Munich as a centre of science.
Hans J. Steininger, CEO MT Aerospace
Members from the research and science communities
- Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board
- Jörg Feustel-Büechl, former Director of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity at ESA
- Dr. Gerd Gruppe, former Space Management Executive Board at DLR
- Prof. Dr. Joachim Heinzl, former President of the Bavarian Research Foundation
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herrmann, former President of the Technical University of Munich
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich
- Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, Executive Director of Bauhaus Luftfahrt
- Prof. Dr. Martin Leitner, President of the Munich University of Applied Sciences
- Prof. Dr. Volker Liebig, Senior Advisor Digital Services/Connected Intelligence at Airbus
- Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss, President of the Bundeswehr University Munich
- Prof. Dr. Hans Sünkel, former Rector of the Graz University of Technology
- Dr. Frank Anton, Senior Vice President at Corporate Technology, Siemens
- Nicole Dreyer-Langlet, Vice President Research & Technology, R&T Germany Representative, Airbus
- Johann Heitzmann, Chairman of the Board, bavAIRia
- Dr. Stefan Weber, Senior Vice President Technology & Engineering, MTU Aero Engines
- Dr. Fritz Merkle, former Management Board member, OHB System
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Schwarz, Chairman of the Management Board of IABG
- Dr. Peter Volk, Supervisory Board member and Strategy Consultant, GAF
Members from government departments
- Dr. Thomas Reiter, representing the German Federal Ministry of Defence
- Dietmar Schneyer, Principal (Ministerialrat), Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs