Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E. h. mult. Rudolf Kawalla

Professor for forming technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E. h. mult. Rudolf KawallaProf. Kawalla originally comes from the Polish city of Gleiwitz and studied metal forming technology there before joining ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG in Germany, where he also completed his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University. In 1999, he accepted a call from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg to succeed Prof. Lehnert as Professor of Forming Technology and, at the same time, to the post of Institute Director of the Institute of Metal Forming. The main focus of Prof. Kawalla's work is in the field of material and technology development of flat products.

Curriculum Vitae

Name:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E.h. mult. Rudolf Kawalla
Address:Pfarrgasse 3c, 09627 Bobritzsch
Date of birth:23. October 1952
Place of birth:Gleiwitz / Oberschlesien
Martial status:married
School education:
  • 1959 - 1967 Elementary School Gliwice
  • 1967 - 1972 Hütten-Technikum Gliwice
  • 1972 - Abitur and examination for foundry technician
  • 1972 - 1977 Forming technology studies at metallurgical faculty of Silesian Polytechnicum in Gliwice, diploma in May 1977
Dissertation:20.04.1990 “Influence of forming conditions on the recrystallization and precipitation behaviour of non-rusty Mo-containing austenitic steels” at the Institute of Eisenhüttenkunde at RWTH Aachen
Professional activity:
  • 1977 – 1981 research assistant at the institute of material science at Silesian Polytechnicum
  • 1983 – 1999 ThyssenKrupp Steel AG, Duisburg, finally division manager for material and process modelling
  • Since 05/1999 Professor for forming technology and institute of metal forming’s director at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 2006 – 2010Vice-rector of research at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 2007 – 2012 DFG fellows
  • 05/06 2010 2010 Incumbent rector at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Since 2012 Professor for technical science in Poland
  • 03/11 – 06/14 Head of Katedra for Forming Technology at NITU MISIS in Moscow
  • Since 10/2015 Vice-rector of research at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Fields of work:
  • Material and forming technology, material and process modelling
  • Production of hot and cold rolled products
  • Thin slab and strip casting technology
  • Further processing considering material change
  • Physical and numerical process simulation
  • Steels, non-ferrous alloys
TU Bergakademie Freiberg:
  • 2000-2003 Prodekan of the faculty of Material Science and Material Technology
  • 04-08/2006 Studies Dekan for Automotive Engineering: Materials and components
  • Since 2003 Member of the board of trustees of the TU BAF
  • Since 2002 Chairman of ACATRAIN e. V.
  • Association of German Ironworks (VDEh), Extended Board of Directors VDEh, Working Group Forming Dilatometry, Working Group Foundations of Forming technology, Rolling Board Committee, Blank Steel Committee, Material Committee, School Committee/Professional Information
  • Chairman of the Dr. Rolf Umbach Foundation
  • DGM German Society for Material Science, Special committee rolling
  • AGU – Arbeitsgemeinschaft Forming Technology
  • Association for Forming Technology Saxony
  • VFUP – Association for the Promotion of Forming and Production Engineering Riesa
  • DHV - German University Association
  • Advisory Committee on Magnesium Materials at TU Rzeszow / Poland
  • German Cold Forging Group GCFG, Head of Materials Working Group (Coordinator)
  • DFG - German Research Foundation, DFG expert since 2000
  • Since 2007 deputy board of the German-Russian raw material forum e. V. Leipzig
  • 2004-2012 DFG-Fachkollegium production technology 401
  • 2008-2012 Scientific Council of the AiF
  • 2008-2012 DFG reviewer Copernicus jury
Editorial activities:
  • Editorial Board journal "METALURGIJA" Croation Metallugical Society (CMS), Zagreb/Croatia
  • Editorial Board journal "steel Research", Düsseldorf/Germany
  • Editorial Board journal "Obrobka Plastyczna Metali", Poznan/Poland
  • Editorial Board journal "Hutnik", Katowice/Poland
  • Editorial Board journal "Inzynieria Materialowa", Katowice/Poland
  • Editorial Board "Mechanics", Rzeszow University of Technology/Poland
  • Member in reviewer comittee STZ MTZ ATZelektronik
Scientific meetings:
  • KomPlasTech, Comuter Methods in Materials Science, Poland
  • Metallurgija, Sibenik/Croatia
  • Metal Forming, Krakow/Poland, Birmingham/England, Tokio/Japan
  • Forming, Katowice/Poland, Kosice/Slovakia, Ostrava/Czechia
  • Strip, Ostrava/Czechia
  • Prozkatka, Russia
  • Progress in Metallurgy, Kazachstan 2009/2011
  • 8th Int. Konferenz Magnesium, 2009, Weimar/Germany
  • 16th ICTPNS 2013, 2013, Oulu/Finland
Own scientific meetings:
  • SFU – Saxonian meeting for forming technology (every three years)
  • MEFORM (annual)
  • WMM - Magnetism and Metallurgy, together with University Gent/Belgium (every two years)
  • AutoMetForm, together with TU Wroclaw/Poland (every two years)
  • BHT-Forschungsforum, own colloquia, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, since 2000
  • Medal for special achievements in the field of joint research and the teaching of the faculty of metallurgy of the mountain and metallurgical academy in Krakow, May 2002
  • Medal for special achievements in the field of joint research and the teaching of the Faculty of Metallurgy of the Silesian Technical University in Katowice, May 2003
  • Honorary professor at the Moscow Technological University of MISIS in the field of forming technology, October 2004
  • Prize for materials science at the Moscow Institute for Steels and Alloys 2005
  • Honorary professor at the Faculty of Metallurgy of the Silesian Technical University in Katowice, October 2008
  • Professor of Technical Science, title awarded by the president of Poland, Professor Bronislaw Komorowski, August 2011