After over three decades with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), Dresden, Germany, Prof Dr-Ing Frank Petzoldt has announced his retirement.
Petzoldt came to Fraunhofer IFAM as a research associate in the mid-1980s, taking over the Powder Technology department by 1993. Through his R&D work in the fields of Powder Metallurgy, Metal Injection Moulding, and Additive Manufacturing, Fraunhofer IFAM’s research area underwent expansion to become a vital part of the institute’s portfolio. He succeeded in linking powder technology to the Fraunhofer IFAM name in the scientific and economic worlds. His work also contributed to the institute’s development of national and international networks.
In his retirement, Petzoldt will work as a freelance management consultant. He can be reached through [email protected] or +49 151 21170556.
Dr Sebastian Hein will take over the management of the Powder Technology department. He joined Fraunhofer IFAM as a project manager after completing his doctorate at the University of Hannover. Since 2018, Hein has worked as group leader, and comes to this new management role with the intention of pushing greater digitalisation and sustainability.