Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kaierle new Executive Director of the LZH

The Executive Board Members of the LZH as of April 2018 Klaus Ulbrich, Dr. Dietmar Kracht and Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kaierle (from left to right). (Photo: LZH)

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kaierle has been Scientific-Technical Director of the LZH since April 16th, 2018. (Photo: LZH)

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hermsdorf is the new Head of the Materials and Processes Department at the LZH. (Photo: LZH)

On April 16th, 2018, Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kaierle takes over the scientific and technical management of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) together with Dr. Dietmar Kracht. He succeeds Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Overmeyer, who takes over the Chairmanship of the Scientific Directorate from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ertmer.

Dr.-Ing. Kaierle studied electrical engineering and received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University. From 1998 to 2011, he headed the System Technology Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen. Since 2012, he has been Head of the Materials and Processes Department at the LZH.

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hermsdorf new Head of the Materials and Processes Department
The Materials and Processes Department is now lead by Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hermsdorf. He has been working at the LZH since 2001, most recently as Head of both the Machines and Controls as well as of the Surface Technology Group (now: Additive Manufacturing – Metals).


Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH)
As an independent, non-profit research institute, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) stands for innovative research, development and consulting. The LZH is supported by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport and is dedicated to the selfless promotion of applied research in the field of photonics and laser technology. Founded in 1986, over 170 employees are now working for the LZH.

The focus of the LZH lies on the fields of optical components and systems, optical production technologies, and biomedical photonics. Interdisciplinary cooperation between natural scientists and mechanical engineers makes innovative approaches to challenges from the most different areas possible: from the development of components for specific laser systems to process developments for the most diverse laser applications, for example for medical technology or lightweight construction in the automotive sector. Nineteen spin off companies have emerged from the LZH up to now. Thus, the LZH has created a strong transfer between fundamental science, application oriented research, and industry.