Dr. Norman Uhlmann takes over the reins from Professor Randolf Hanke

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Dr. Norman Uhlmann (left) took over as division director from Prof. Randolf Hanke as of October 1, 2020.

Since October 1, 2020, the physicist Dr. Norman Uhlmann is heading the Development Center for X-ray Technology in Fürth

The new division director is a familiar face: doctor of physics Norman Uhlmann has been an important part of the team at the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT for 13 years. From 2010, he headed the Application-Specific Methods and Systems department there; and from 2015, he additionally held the position of deputy division director. “Not only do we have state-of-the-art technology and smart people, but also optimum conditions in the working environment, which in my view are the most important ingredients for success. This includes a great workplace culture, shared values and respectful interactions with each other. Only by having these things in place can you unlock your team’s creativity and abilities,” notes Dr. Norman Uhlmann. With the development of prototype systems in particular, Uhlmann is building on a business model that has made the division very successful over recent years. But the digital transformation is also central to his plans. He considers it important to mine useful information from raw data readings and link it with corresponding metadata and data from other sources. By doing this, Fraunhofer EZRT can give customers the best foundation for making informed decisions. To this end, the staff at the EZRT are also in close contact with their colleagues at Fraunhofer SCS.


Professor Hanke stays on as deputy director of the institute

After over three decades at the institute, Professor Randolf Hanke has handed over his position as division director to his successor. He is staying on at the institute as deputy director. In 1989, Hanke started out his career at Fraunhofer IIS as a physics graduate. In 2001, he was given one of the highest distinctions within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: for his research work on an intelligent system for automated X-ray inspection, he was awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize. In 2013, the EZRT moved into its brand new building in Fürth-Atzenhof, which was constructed under Hanke’s leadership. The XXL computed tomography system and an additional 20 systems housed there offer researchers and industrial customers a machine park that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Dr. Norman Uhlmann is now responsible for the systems and the staff at the four Fraunhofer EZRT locations at Fürth, Würzburg, Deggendorf and Passau. “As much as I respect the challenge of the task ahead, I’m also looking forward to it,” the new division director says

Potential of X-ray technologies

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