Professor elected as chairman of the Polish-German lightweight centre

portrait of Prof. Rudolf Kawalla
Rudolf Kawalla, Professor of forming technology at TU Freiberg and vice rector of research, was elected as chairman of the management board of the Polish-German Centre for Hybrid Lightweight Structures on 16/07/18 in Gliwice/Poland. Prof Prahl, Institute of Metal Forming, was elected in the council.

On May 17th, TU Bergakademie Freiberg signed a cooperation agreement in Gliwice for the establishment of the centre which will coordinate interregional cooperation in research, training and education. The partners in the agreement are the Silesian University of Technology, the City of Gliwice, the Katowice Special Economic Zone Co. (KSSE), the 'Bielsko' Silesian Federation of Aviation Companies, the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at TU Dresden and TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

group pictureAt the second meeting of the centre on 16th July the management board and council were elected. The three members of the management board are Prof Dr Rudolf Kawalla (chairman), Prof Dr Malgorzata Szymiczek (vice chairwoman, Silesian University of Technology) and Jacek Bialik (Vice chairman, Katowice Special Economic Zone Co.). The council has seven members, among them are Prof Dr Hubert Jäger (TU Dresden) and Prof Dr Ulrich Prahl. The appointment documents to the elected representatives was handed out by the rector of the Silesian University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Arkadiusz Mezyk, afterwards.

Already in September 2018 the next work session will take place in Gliwice. And in October 2018 the Polish partners will travel to Germany and visit the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology in Dresden and the Institute of Metal Forming in Freiberg. In the future workshops with the partners from the automotive cluster and a joint study programme in the field of lightweight engineering/technologies/materials are planned.

Further information:

Lightweight engineering is an important field of innovation for science and industry in both Saxony and Upper Silesia, a region in southwestern Poland that borders the Czech Republic. Industrial sectors relevant to lightweight engineering such as automotive engineering, aircraft construction and mechanical engineering are key sectors in both regions, and in turn offer considerable economic potential for cooperation. Hybrid lightweight engineering involves the combination of composite materials and composite structures made of a range of materials that exhibit special properties when used in combination. Such innovative material solutions can facilitate the manufacture of, for example, extremely light yet very safe car bodies.

Long-term cooperation agreements and programs promoting student exchange have been in place with the Silesian University of Technologies for decades. In recent years, 30 students from Gliwice have studied at TU Bergakademie Freiberg as part of double-degree programmes, particularly in the field of materials technology.

Julia Bachmann, Vice-Rectorate of Research, Phone: +49 (0) 3731 / 39-2341