Dr. Andreas Wienke takes over as Head of the Optical Components Department

Dr. Andreas Wienke is the new head of the Optical Components Department at LZH. (Photo: LZH)

As of June 1, 2021, Dr. Andreas Wienke has taken over as Head of the Optical Components Department at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) from Dr. Lars Jensen, who has moved to industry.

Dr. Andreas Wienke started at the LZH in 2011 as a scientific employee in the Laser Development Department. In 2016, he moved to industry as a development engineer, returned to LZH in 2017, and took over first as Head of the Optical Systems Group in 2018 and then as Head of the Ultrafast Photonics Group in 2020. Dr. Wienke studied physics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and received his PhD in physics from the Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2016.

Dr. Wienke is looking forward to the new challenge and will contribute his extensive experience in all areas of laser development – from cw fiber lasers to ultrashort pulse fiber and solid-state lasers to additively manufactured optical systems – to advance the Optical Components Department, which was restructured in 2021.

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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 Niedersachsen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation and is dedicated to the selfless promotion of applied research in the field of photonics and laser technology. Founded in 1986, almost 200 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. Eighteen 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.