• 7/22/2019
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TUM Board of Trustees elects Humboldt Professor to Board of Management

Gerhard Kramer new Senior Vice President Research

The Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has appointed engineering professor Gerhard Kramer to the role of Senior Vice President Research and Innovation. In 2010, TUM made the communications engineer a Humboldt Professor. He will take over from Prof. Thomas Hofmann, who will become TUM President in October.

Prof. Gerhard Kramer at a whiteboard at his chair Astrid Eckert / TUM
Prof. Gerhard Kramer is one of the world’s most renowned communications engineers.

Prof. Gerhard Kramer is one of the world’s most acclaimed scientists in the field of communications engineering, information theory and the applications of these disciplines. His research focuses on ways of increasing the information density and reliability of messages, enhancing network performance and optimizing information storage methods. In spring of this year, companies used a method developed by his chair to set a new speed record for data transfer over fiber-optic networks.

Born in Canada, Kramer studied electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba and was awarded a doctorate at ETH Zurich. Afterwards, he worked as an engineer at Endora Tech, a Swiss IT company, before moving to Bell Labs – the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia). In 2009, he was appointed professor at the University of Southern California. One year later, he secured Germany’s highest endowed research award, the Humboldt Professorship. Since then, he has held the Chair of Communications Engineering at TUM. His three-year term as Senior Vice President Research and Innovation will commence on October 1.

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