Optical technologies – training young scientists and basic research for technologies of the future
Dr. Martin Schell has taken up his post of Professor of Optics and Optoelectronic Integration at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Technical University of Berlin. The certificate of appointment of the head of the Photonic Components department and deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute was presented to him by the President of the Technical University of Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach on 28 August 2012.
"Optical technologies have surged ahead as one of the driving forces of the Berlin economy," says Martin Schell commenting on the present outlook. "I see it as my job to nurture and encourage the training of young physicists in this field on the one hand and on the other to drive forward university-level basic research in the specific field of optics and optoelectronic integration. Taken in connection with the applied research done at Fraunhofer HHI with its network of industry contacts, this will serve to further consolidate the reputation of Berlin as a leader in the field."
Dr. Martin Schell studied physics at the RWTH Aachen University and took his Ph.D. in 1993 at the Technical University of Berlin. Following a one year research post at the University of Tokyo, Martin Schell worked from 1995 to 2000 as a management consultant for high tech and energy at the Boston Consulting Group. Before he joined Fraunhofer HHI as head of the Photonic Components department in 2005, he was head of production at Infineon Fiber Optic Technologies. Since 2014, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Schell leads Fraunhofer HHI together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand.