Dialog with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

Deputy Director European Technology Innovation Center, Kaiserslautern

About Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel has been successful in both science and industry, working as a manager for RAILTEC/RABOTEC and VOEGELE before being appointed Professor for Agric. Engineering, Envir. Technology and Communal Machinery at the Univ. of Halle-Wittenberg. In 2003, he was appointed Dean of the Agric. Fclty. From 2007 – 2010 he was the Manager for Tractor Applications at John Deere Werke Mannheim. Since June 2010 is the Deputy Director John Deere European Technology and Innovation Center in Kaiserslautern.

About John Deere

John Deere is an American corporation and one of the leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the world. John Deere products include balers, combine harvesters, cotton harvesters, planters/seeders and tractors. The company is also a leading manufacturer of construction and forestry equipment. In total, John Deere employs approx. 60.000 people (2011) around the globe,

In April 2012, the “Wirtschaftswoche“ reported that John Deere is amongst the 50 most popular companies for young engineers seeking employment. At the “European Technology Innovation Center” in Kaiserslautern, John Deere develops manufacturer-independent system solutions for the agricultural engineering sector and conducts research in new technologies.

Dialog with Dr. Friedhelm Geiger

Director Project Execution Industry Automation Systems

About Dr. Friedhelm Geiger

Dr. Geiger has been working at Siemens in various functions since 1997. Currently, he works in the following areas:

  • Project management in the fields of instrumentationbusiness and control techniques (Areas: Chemistry, Glas, Solar, Pharma)
  • Project management training and support of regions with little know-how
  • Key customer project support
  • Recruiting

He is also has responsibilities in the areas of recruiting and deploying employees. Read moreabout career opportunities at Siemens Industry Karlsruhe. Further information can be found in the pdf.

About Siemens

Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company and is organized into six main divisions: Industry, Energy, Healthcare, Equity Investments, Siemens IT Solutions, and Services and Siemens Financial Services (SFS). In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and net income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Mr. Ames and Mr. Löffler

Head of the International Simultaneous Engineering Center and Business Partner Human Resources

About its representatives:

As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Ames worked in the fields of quality assurance, head of the production department of distribution pumps and is now head of the International Simultaneous Engineering Center where he is responsible for process chains for new products like pumps, injectors and rail.

As Business Partner Human Resources Mr. Hartwig Löffler is responsible for recruitment and trainee programs at Bosch in Homburg.

About Robert Bosch GmbH

The Robert Bosch GmbH is a German multinational engineering and electronics company. The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886 and is the world's largest supplier of automotive components. Bosch operates in over 60 countries around the globe. In fiscal 2011, our approximately 300,000 associates generated sales of €51.5 billion. With approx. 6000 employees in Homburg, Bosch is an important employer in the region.

Bosch main area is the development and production of automotive components (including brakes, controls, electrical drives, fuel systems, generators, starter motors and steering systems), but it is also produces consumer goods and building products (including household appliances, power tools, security systems) and industrial products (drives and controls, packaging technology and solar panels). Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Prof. Dieter Rombach

Head of the Department of Software Engineering at Kaiserslautern University

Executive Director of the Fraunhofer IESE

About Prof. Rombach

Prof. Rombach's main research topics can be found in the area of "Software Engineering", especially in methods for developing software with predictable quality, in quantitative methods for measuring and assessing software products and software processes, in languages and methods for developing and using explicit software process models, in process-based software development environments as well as in software reuse. As a consultant, he works for various U.S. American and European companies.

About IESE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) was formed in 1996 and is now one of 60 institutes of the Fraunhofer Society. The association IESE is located in Kaiserslautern and has over 200 employees. In the region of Kaiserslautern the institution is networked with the local science and industry, including computer science, mathematics and engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The IESE is not only locally but globally a leading research institution in the field of software systems development. The importance of software, for example in the automotive Industry, or for information systems in health, as well as for administrative purposes is steadily increasing. The Fraunhofer Institutes have joined the development, implementation and optimization of prescribed procedures and look for complex solutions and application-oriented system. Photos of the event are online. More information in PDF or visit www.iese.fraunhofer.de.

Dialog with Johannes Heger

Plant Director of HegerGuss and HegerFerrit GmbH

About Mr. Heger

Johannes Heger is the managing director of the rich in tradition company HegerGuss, which is located in the region of Kaiserslautern. After his studies in mechanical engineering and his overseas work experience at General Motors, he is now steadily keen on optimizing process dynamics. Thus, he closely cooperates with university and the Fraunhofer Institutes with regard to manufacturing process simulations. The use of in-house simulation technologies (proof of strength, hardening, cooling) contributes to shorter delivery times, increased quality, and cost savings due to fewer test runs. An impressive revolution of industrial assembly lines is his new plant for iron components for wind turbines in Sembach which is the first foundry worldwide with an assembly line production of castings with a weight of 15 tons.

About HegerGuss

HegerGuss cooperates with research institutes and universities; develops its own knowledge management software. The collaboration with the University of Kaiserslautern and the Fraunhofer Institutes based and reinforced the simulation of casting processes significantly. Johannes Heger is a commendable contact person to find out about successful cooperation between Industry and University and how this hand in hand working keeps the companies developments innovative. Last but not least he can refer what effectively is possible to do with iron on a scientific background. HegerGuss is an enterprise, which unites various research areas of interest for engineers and has forward-looking perspectives. Graduates of various disciplines, such as Computer science, mathematics and economics are there, therefore are welcome applicants.

Photos of the event are online. More information in the pdf or visit www.hegerguss.de.

Dialog with Anja Kleyboldt

Plant Director of OPEL Kaiserslautern

About Ms. Kleyboldt:

After her apprenticeship as a car mechanic and her subsequent Mechanical Engineering studies, she entered Opel in 1995 as a Manufacturing Engineer. Following a manager training at GM, Kleyboldt took over the managerial responsibility in production as well as planning and construction of manufacturing plants in Rüsselsheim and Antwerpen. She then was appointed Director Manufacturing Engineering Paint, Polymers, and Automation in Rüsselsheim and was responsible for all European locations in the manufacturing network. Since August 2010 Ms. Kleyboldt has been managing the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern.

About the Opel Plant in Kaiserslautern:

With about 2.800 employees the OPEL plant is one of the biggest industrial employers in the Western palatinate. The production focus lies with vehicle components for body and chassis made of plate or aluminum, e.g. side walls, hood, axis, and seat frames. Furthermore, lightweight metal engines as well as diesel engines are manufactured.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Dr. Klaus Weichel

Lord Mayor of the City of Kaiserslautern

About Dr. Weichel:

Following his studies in biology at the University of Kaiserslautern Mr. Weichel also gained experience as a research assistant at the University of Kaiserslautern before receiving his doctor's degree in zoology. Starting in the 1990s Dr. Weichel became more and more actively involved in environmental and political aspects and thus established the fundament of a successful career in the domain of public interest. He was appointed Head of the Department of Environment and Forestry of Kaiserslautern's city council. In 1995, he took on the position of Deputy Mayor for Environment, Health, Youth, Social Affairs and Sports and was highly committed to work for the Ministry of Environment and Foresty during the following years. In 2000, he was elected President of the Structural and Approval Directorate South and continued to strengthen his dedication to local politics. In 2007 Dr. Weichel successfully won the election as Lord Mayor of the City of Kaiserslautern. One of his main aims is the internationalization of the city. Thus, he is highly engaged in establishing business activity with executives from India. Additionally, in 2011 he started the city event series „Year of Internationality – Science produces integration“.

About the Networking with the Lord Mayor of Kaiserslautern:

Dr. Weichel has emphasized that he rather wants to function as a mentor than an unapproachable role model in the meeting with the students. He, in particular, wants to offer them the opportunity of also discussing the more difficult times in his career since he knows that these sometimes complex decisions and experiences are especially of interest for graduate students who are passing from the field of research into a professional career.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Prof. Janusz Filipiak

Founder and CEO of Comarch S.A., Kraków

About Prof. Filipiak

In the 1980s Mr. Filipiak worked for France Telecom Laboratories (Paris) and was actively involved at the universities in Australia and the United States. From 1991 until 1998 Prof. Filipiak held the Chair for Telecommunication at the University of Applied Sciences in Krakow (AGH). In 1993 he founded the Comarch company. He is a member of the Committee for Electronics and Telecommunication at the Polish Academy of Sciences and author of more than one hundred publications in the fields of telecommunication and teleinformatics; three of which were also published in Western Europe and the USA. Since November 2010 he is the CEO of Comarch S.A.

About Comarch S.A.

Comarch is a global IT-business solutions provider with nearly 3500 highly-qualified IT-employees worldwide. Its services include solutions for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI), Document Management (DMS/ECM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Billing, Network Management, Financial Service Management, and IT-Infrastructure. Its customer focus has been laid on the telecommunication industry, on banks und insurances, as well as on numerous branches in industry und business. The group has subsidiaries in 16 countries; in Europe, Comarch is represented in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with a total of more than 400 employees in 13 different locations.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Max Albrecht

Alkoma Maschinenbau e.K.

Max Albrecht : Ambitious & hardworking

Grown up in Columbia, the native German found himself facing very difficult conditions when returning to Germany to start his professional career. Since his school-leaving qualifications were not accepted, he was forced to start an apprenticeship. Via second-chance education he finally could start his studies – without interrupting his professional activity. In 2004 he took the plunge and founded his own company without any financial background. Optimism and commitment have led to success – the expected sales will reach the mark of one million within the current year. His preference to strike a new path became obvious in his strategy to face last year´s economic crisis – his motto: innovation instead of wait and see! Thus, Mr. Albrecht will discuss the competencies needed to keep a young company innovative but economically successful at the same time.

About Alcoma e.K.

The company was initially founded as a pure design office, but quickly developed a production department for extrusion machines. For the development and manufacture of a special machine for the production of plastic profiles, the company received the Innovation Award of Rheinland-Pfalz. Options for theses work and apprenticeship can be addressed in the meeting.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Joachim Molz

CEO of WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH

Joachim Molz: From Assistant to CEO in Just 3 Years

After his business studies at the University of Trier and the Spanish University of Pamplona Joachim Molz first worked as an assistant for the CEO of a medium-sized holding company in 1995. Three years later he managed to climb from the position of an assistant to Managing Partner of the investment company Ecotraffic – System for Environment and Traffic GmbH in Trier. The same year, in 1998, he successfully boosted his career to another level by being appointed CEO of Ecotraffic-Holding’s main involvement, namely the WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH Kaiserslautern.

WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH Kaiserslautern:

Since its foundation in 1991 the company WIKON has established itself as an international specialist for remote monitoring of technical systems, e.g., the acquisition of fuel levels and remote meter reading. With the development, production, and distribution of industrial remote monitoring technologies in currently about 40 different countries, the company reaches a business volume of almost 3.0 M Euro per year. Being a medium-sized company in Kaiserslautern, WIKON is constantly involved in the development of M2M-products on the basis of the newest communications technologies and standards and has the aim of extending the cooperation with further international businesses. WIKON furthermore attaches great importance to the recruitment of junior staff from the field of computer science.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Dr. Gerhard Braun

CEO & Entrepreneur President

Top Manager, Entrepreneur President, and High-Ranking Economic Functionary

As an economist holding a doctorate, Dr. Gerhard Braun has been CEO of the Karl Otto Braun GmbH since 2007. Moreover, as Vice-President of the Confederation of German Employer Organisations (BDA) in Berlin and as President of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Federation of Entrepreneur Associations (Landesvereinigung Unternehmerverbände Rheinland-Pfalz, LVU), he has an extensive knowledge about the job market in the region, in Germany, and in Europe.

Karl Otto Braun GmbH & Co. KG

As a family business, KOB today is one the world’s biggest producers of elastic special textiles for medicine as well as a market leader for the development and production of inliner systems for trenchless sewage renovation – for this, KOB was awarded the Innovation Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Their highly qualified teams in Europe and Asia recruit employees from the fields of Mechanical, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering.

Bundesvereinigung der deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA) & Landesvereinigung Unternehmerverbände Rheinland-Pfalz (LVU)

In committees on a national, European, and international level these associations are involved in the field of the job market, in education and personnel issues.

Photos of the event are online.

Dialog with Andreas Traut

CEO of the Academy/Personnel Development, proALPHA Software AG

Educator for Further Education in ERP-systems and Recruiter of Future proAPLHA Employees

Andreas Traut studied Business Education at the University of Mannheim and graduated as Diplom Business teacher. He is trainer for ERP-systems and since 2007 a member of the corporate board of executives in the department of the proALPHA Academy and Personnel Development. The expertise he can rely on here comes from his various publishings on personnel, executive, and organization management as well as from his experience in teaching at national and international universities. At the proALPHA Academy Traut focuses on the education of employees in specific trainings in order to assure innovative further education in the ERP area and the highest customer service possible. Thus, he is a good contact person for questions concerning personnel development, esp. for IT-experts and business economists.

proALPHA Software AG – “Think global, act local”

proALPHA has proved to be a continuously profitable Business-Service-Provider in the world of industry and commerce. The company offers its clients high-qualified consulting services as well as a holistic solution concept - the ERP-complete solution proALPHA - when it comes to striving for corporate success, whether on a national or international level. Included in their client list are industrial and commercial businesses from, e.g., the packaging machine industry, medical technology, aviation industry, etc. proALPHA promotes its standard software as flexibly adjustable to the needs of today and tomorrow, and thus guarantees cooperating businesses security concerning independence of hardware and operating systems. The company is always looking for: dedicated and qualified software engineers with knowledge in luK-technologies and new media as well as competent consultants.

Past Networking Dialogs 2010

The ISGS-group sessions of 2010 are connected to the city-events of Kaiserslautern's "Year of Science 2010: Wissen schafft Arbeit".
Thus, all ISGS-group meetings will be introduced by an official presentation of the respective person and his/her enterprise in the Fruchthalle:

March 10, 20105:00 pmInsiders Technologies GmbH, Herr Weiß (Managing Director)
May 5, 20105:00 pmHuman Solutions, Dr. Seidl (Managing Director)
June 16, 20105:00 pmMobotix AG, Dr. Hinkel (Managing Director)
Sep 8, 20105:00 pmLUMERA LASER GmbH, Dr. Achim Nebel (Managing Director)
Oct 6, 20105:00 pmWipotec GmbH, Herr Düppre (Managing Director)
Feb 16, 20115:00 pmHegerguss, Herr Heger (Managing Director), Ersatztermin vom 10.11.2010

ISGS-Group Sessions 2010

The ISGS offered its graduate and doctoral students the chance of visting these presentations together. In the weeks following the respective presentations the ISGS invited the above mentioned executvies for group discussions in the ISGS-Branch Office.

March 24, 2010
5:30 pmInsiders Technologies GmbH, Mr. Weiss (Managing Director)
May 20, 2010
5:30 pmHuman Solutions, Dr. Seidl (Managing Director)
June 29, 2010
5:30 pmMOBOTIX AG, Dr. Hinkel (Managing Director)
Sep 9, 2010
5:30 pmLumera Laser GmbH, visiting the company and meeting Dr. Achim Nebel, (Managing Director)
Oct 14, 2010
5:30 pmWipotec Wiege und Positioniersysteme GmbH, Mr. Theo Düppre, (Managing Director)
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