Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Fritz Klocke
Since July 1, 2018, Professor Fritz Klocke has joined the management of the Fraunhofer IPA.
From 1970 to 1976, Klocke studied production engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Lippe in Lemgo and at the Technical University of Berlin.
After his studies he worked until 1981 as a research assistant and until 1984 as a chief engineer at the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Technology of the TU Berlin. In 1982 he obtained a doctorate in engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
In the years 1984 to 1994 Klocke worked in industry at Ernst Winter & Sohn in Norderstedt near Hamburg. After a short assistance he became head of the process control and from September 1985 he took over the management of the mechanics department.
In 1995, he was appointed university professor for the subject "Technology of Manufacturing Processes" at RWTH Aachen University. Professor Klocke headed the Chair of Manufacturing Technology and was a member of the Board of Directors of the WZL Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University. Until the end of 2017, he was Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen. From 2001 to 2002 he was Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and from 2007 to 2008 President of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Klocke is retired in Aachen now and came to Stuttgart as director of the Fraunhofer IPA on July 1, 2018.