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Fraunhofer president honoured with Strathclyde Medal

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, with Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society

The president of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading application-oriented research organisation, has been presented with a University of Strathclyde medal.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer was awarded the medal in recognition of his personal achievements and commitment to science, innovation and international collaboration.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is highly regarded as Europe’s largest applied research and development provider and remains the international gold standard in technology transfer models.

Fraunhofer UK, established in 2012, is headquartered at Strathclyde alongside the only Fraunhofer research facility in the United Kingdom – the Centre for Applied Photonics (Fraunhofer CAP).

Industrial Innovation

Sitting in the heart of the Glasgow City Innovation District in the University’s Technology & Innovation Centre, the Fraunhofer CAP works with a range of industrial customers and collaborators to deliver innovation for the benefit of the economy and society, and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers in useful knowledge applicable to industrial innovation.

Since 2012, Fraunhofer UK has secured more than £58m of new research and development expenditure for all partners including £26m for Fraunhofer CAP, and has delivered successful projects across Quantum Technologies, Space, Environmental Sensing, security, and energy sectors.

Presenting the medal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Professor Neugebauer has personally driven progress in areas such as advanced development of production engineering for machine tools and forming technology, as well as for the application of new materials and technologies, as exemplified by innovations in mechatronic systems.

“His designs and technologies have led to considerable advancement of industrial applications. He has decisively influenced production lines in the automotive industry through his focus on efficient utilization of resources in production environments.

Strathclyde is proud to work with Fraunhofer UK and to host and collaborate with the Centre for Applied Photonics on this cutting-edge field of science.”

Professor Neugebauer has been President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since October 2012. Under his leadership, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s vision and strategy has driven the recognition of the importance of Industry 4.0, embraced Quantum Technology and Biological Transformation amongst its Key Strategic Initiatives, constantly refreshing and leading the innovation agenda. Under Professor Neugebauer’s presidency, the organisation has grown to 72 Institutes and more than 26,000 employees across Germany.

Fraunhofer UK was created, following the instigation of UK government, with collaboration and financial support from: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

As a not-for-profit Research and Technology organisation, any financial surplus is re-invested in the UK research centres for capital equipment and training.

Glasgow City Innovation District is transforming the way academia, business and industry collaborate to bring competitive advantage to Scotland by bringing together researchers and high-growth firms with technology and creative start-ups, to work side-by-side in a vibrant, walkable innovation community.