Dr Constantin Häfner has been appointed the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT).
Dr Constantin Häfner has been appointed the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT).

Laser physicist Dr Constantin Häfner has been appointed the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT). He will also hold the associated chair for laser technology LLT at RWTH Aachen University, which involves leading interdisciplinary research projects as part of the Research Center for Digital Photonic Production.

Dr Häfner was previously program director for advanced photon technologies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA, where he led the development of the world’s most powerful laser systems and conducted R&D into pioneering laser technologies.

‘By drawing together top-class research and industrial applications, and cultivating a direct and open dialog with its customers, Fraunhofer ILT brings innovative and competitive solutions faster to the market,’ he said. ‘These excellent results are a product of the expertise and passion of the institute’s employees. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to perpetuate and build on this culture.’

Previous director, Professor Reinhart Poprawe, was honored with an honorary symposium entitled ‘Digital Photonic Production and Industrie 4.0 and what it means for education and research.’

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