KEB finances new Foundation Professorship in "Networked Automation Systems"at OWL Technical College

keb_stiftungsprofessur.pngInitiators of the Foundation Professorship:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schulte (left, OWL Technical College), Wolfgang Wiele, Qualified Engineer (right, KEB Automation KG). (© Photo: Frevert / LZ)

KEB Automation KG and the Standortssicherung Lippe Foundation, dedicated to workplace safety, have donated 500,000 Euro to found and fund a new professorship to be established at the OWL Technical College, East Westphalia-Lippe, in the field of “Networked Automation Systems”.
“Your commitment to this foundation professorship, which will be for the benefit of all the students at the College, shows how open you are to help promote the region of East Westphalia and Lippe.” The compliment from Professor Dr. Uwe Meier, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OWL Technical College, was being paid to Thomas Brinkmann, Managing Director of KEB Automation KG.

The company is bearing 90 percent of the costs, with the remainder being met by the Foundation. When the foundation period expires in five years time, the professorship will become a normal academic Chair at the Technical College. The professorship will close a gap which in the future too will enable students to work in the real world of business and the economy. Applicants will be ideally placed after studies and graduation to take on leading positions in industry, perhaps as managers of development groups. Regular publications in specialist journals and attendance at specialist conferences are another feature of the applicant profile.

For the OWL Technical College, this is the second foundation chair for the disciplines of electrical engineering and computer science, and College President Professor Jürgen Krahl is hoping for others to follow. “It needs an initial spark, a first push, a mover and a maker, for other companies to follow suit.” He considers this link with the College to be enormously important, set against the background of the technological challenges of the future. The key word is “Industry 4.0”. There will of course also be advantages with regard to the recruiting of future specialist personnel.

Applicant interview with trial lecture, guest readings, and the presentation of candidates for planned research projects should get under way this year. The foundation sponsors will be involved every step of the way. “If all goes well, we shall be able to have the Foundation Chair occupied for the Summer semester of 2018”, says the Dean with delight. The first joint projects with this “new Professor” could start as early as next year.