Press briefing

Tandem leadership for Fraunhofer EMFT: Prof. Dr. Amelie Hagelauer becomes new director

Prof. Amelie Hagelauer is a new director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT. Since September 1, 2021 she leads the research institution together with Prof. Christoph Kutter. At the same time, she has accepted the chair for Micro- and Nanosystems Technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Amelie Hagelauer has previously held the professorship for communication electronics at the University of Bayreuth and is an expert in the field of integrated and discrete circuit technology. Her research focus includes e.g. RF chip design for communications and radar applications, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for AI applications, and micro acoustic components for cellular applications. "I am very happy that we were able to attract Amelie Hagelauer, an outstanding researcher and a confident leader. I hope that this will inspire and encourage especially our young female scientists to aspire to leadership positions in research," says Prof. Christoph Kutter. 

"The combination of Fraunhofer EMFT and TUM is ideal for conducting cutting-edge research"

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Prof. Amelie Hagelauer

Prof. Hagelauer, welcome to Fraunhofer EMFT! What appealed to you about the position as Director of Fraunhofer EMFT, combined with the TUM Chair?

Fraunhofer EMFT is renowned for its excellent research and as a cooperation partner for companies. I think it is an exciting challenge to take up new topics for Fraunhofer EMFT and make them economically applicable. Fraunhofer EMFT has a state-of-the-art research infrastructure. At the same time, there are many young people studying at the top university TUM who are interested in future topics such as nanotechnology or artificial intelligence. I would like to combine these two potentials.

What do you bring with you to tackle this challenge?

I wrote my dissertation in an industrial environment and acquired useful experience there in combining creative research with the right sense of application relevance. This has opened up opportunities for me to successfully apply for new research topics and to do globally recognized cutting-edge research as I move forward. In my university career, I have taken up and advanced current research topics in the field of sensor and mobile communications technology with many young, highly motivated junior scientists.

What is important for research institutions like Fraunhofer EMFT to stay up to date?

Our world is becoming increasingly complex and research topics are thus also becoming multidimensional. That's why we need larger, interdisciplinary research teams on the one hand. On the other hand, the equipment infrastructure plays a crucial role. In this respect, the combination of Fraunhofer EMFT and TUM offers the ideal conditions for conducting more cutting-edge research. There are a number of exciting topics - such as 6G, AI and nanosystems or quantum computers.