Paderborn University has elected a new president: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wallaschek, currently Head of the Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover, will succeed the incumbent Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf in April next year.
In a closed meeting on Wednesday, 15 November, the university electoral assembly decided in favour of the engineer. A hearing had previously taken place in the University's Auditorium maximum, at which Wallaschek presented his strategy for running for office and answered questions from the university public in an open discussion round. The university electoral assembly, consisting of the university council and the senate, then met to elect the new university management.
Wallaschek is not new to Paderborn University: From 1999 to 2003 he was Vice President (Vice Rector Research) and thus part of the Presidential Board, from 1996 to 2007 he was Professor of Mechatronics and Dynamics on the Board of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, and from 1992 to 1996 he was Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics. The scientist completed his doctorate and habilitation at the TU Darmstadt. Since 2007, Wallaschek has been Professor of Mechanics and Head of the Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover. His previous positions there included Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
The academic is looking forward to his new position: "I would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in me and I am very much looking forward to helping to shape the development of Paderborn University together with my future colleagues. I would like to set new accents, particularly in the core areas of study, teaching and research - continuing with transparency, reliability, foresight and appreciation."
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brautmeier, Chairman of the University Council: "In Mr Wallaschek, we have found an excellent candidate for this important office. I am very much looking forward to our collaboration."
The six-year term of office of the new President begins on 1 April 2024.
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