Graduates

Picture gallery of PhD Awards Ceremonies

Our men and women doctoral students obtain qualifications as engineers in our diverse research areas. As alumni, they contribute directly to advances in aeronautical propulsion systems.

When researchers complete their dissertation, they have two reasons to celebrate: One, the results of their studies and calculations represent important steps in developing optimized engine systems and turbines. Two, on the personal level, our former PhD students have the title of Dr.-Ing. to wear with great satisfaction and pride.

We put up these picture galleries as reminders of these joyful occasion and to witness to the time that our graduates spent here with and among us.

Martin Arenz passed his Ph.D. exam on July 31.

Marianne Lauerwald passed her Ph.D. exam on December 21.
Jan Georgi passed his Ph.D. exam on February 3.

Martin Marx passed his Ph.D. exam on February 12.

Andreas Putz passed his Ph.D. exam on October 28.

Laura Vranos passed her Ph.D. exam on November 10.

Volkan Tasdelen passed his Ph.D. exam on December 22.
Daniel Schrack passed his Ph.D. exam on January 30.

Ivo Sandor passed his Ph.D. exam on February 13.

Jonathan Kuschke passed his Ph.D. exam on May 29.

Manuela Gehrer passed her Ph.D. exam on July 25.

Meinrad Weisser passed his Ph.D. exam on August 4.

Martin Lipfert passed his Ph.D. exam on September 4.

 

Björn Weigel passed his Ph.D. exam on July 11.

Daniel Nagy passed his Ph.D. exam on on July 25.

Georg Reichstein passed his Ph.D. exam on October 2.

Tobias Ries passed his Ph.D. exam on November 7.

Carsten Schneider passed his Ph.D. exam on December 5.

 

Friederike Schirmeister passed her Ph.D. exam on February 15.

Günter Kappler passed his Ph.D. exam on September 17.

Matthias Kürner passed his Ph.D. exam on November 15.

Jenny Baumann passed her Ph.D. exam on November 28.

Eugen Lutoschkin passed his Ph.D. exam on December 12.
Florian Kroll passed his Ph.D. exam on February 8

Deni Nakaten passed his Ph.D. exam on February 28.

Norbert Schinko passed his Ph.D. exam on May 4.

Alexander Klötzer passed his Ph.D. exam on May 15.
 

Guido Borchers passed his Ph.D. exam on August 16.

Lutz Aurahs passed his Ph.D. exam on November 9.

Bernard Lehmayr passed his Ph.D. exam on November 21.

Matthias Müller passed his Ph.D. exam on December 14.
Thomas Germain passed his Ph.D. exam on July 21.

Olivia Arago passed her Ph.D. exam on October 31.

On December 15, Wolfgang Horn of the MTU Aeroengines passed his Ph.D exam at the ILA with honors.        

After his presentation on the Potential von aktiv geregelter Spaltkontrolle in Verdichtern followed a thorough quality control of the examinee. Prof. Dr. Fritsch – Head of the examination committee, Prof. Dr. Jeschke as second reporter and Prof. Dr. Staudacher took Mr Horn’s expert knowledge to pieces and afterwards congratulated him for being a graduated engineer. He rode the “Doktormobil” through ice and snow on Campus Vaihingen back to a heartily celebration at the institute.


Sebastian Bolk passed his Ph.D. exam on December 8.

Still employed at the ILA, Sebastian allows the doorframe to comb his hair every morning. His learning performance is also huge, since he did not learn about turbo engines during his studies of cybernetics. Nevertheless, Sebastian wrote about Regelung des Höhenprüfstandes für Turbomaschinen and gave a half-hour presentation. Following the presentation, Head of the examination committee Prof. Dr. Röser, Prof. Dr. Holzapfel as second reporter, Prof. Dr. Staudacher and Sebastian entered the academic boxing ring. Sebastian was able to convince all of them and so they officially proclaimed him Dr. Sebastian Bolk. The laudatory speech was given by Alexander Klötzer and everyone listened with mixed emotions, some collegial envy but mostly the pride and happiness of friends. After a traditional ride on the “Doktormobil”, part pulled and part pushed, the celebration started. What a party, congratulations, Dr. Bolk!


Stefan Bretschneider, alias Breti, passed his Ph.D. exam on December 1.

It is difficult to build up arc of suspense in this narration; because its outcome was as sure as eggs is eggs. His presentation was on the Auslegungstool für Gasgeneratoren in Turboflugtriebwerken which was developed during his work at ILA. The following examination lasted one and a half hours. Prof. Dr. Rist, head of the examination committee, second reporter Prof. Dr. Kappler and Prof. Dr. Staudacher who was even a little bit more proud of Breti than Prof. Dr. Rist finally proclaimed that Dr. Stefan Bretschneider had passed his Ph.D. exam. After a laudatory speech by Friederike Gräter alias Friedi about Bretis work at the ILA the traditional ride on the “Doktormobil” (with summer tires) through the snow took place. Everyone was excited about the following celebrations – Congratulations Dr. Bretschneider, we wish you all the best!


Holger Lipowsky passed his Ph.D. exam on January 13.

After a short introduction by the head of the examination committee, Prof. Dr. Wagner, Mr Liposky started his presentation. Once more it was obvious that he enjoyed setting new standards. Exactly 30 minutes later the presentation was over – just as expected. Prof. Dr. Staudacher and Prof. Dr. Fichter had some more questions which were asked in private. We are not sure whether they understood all answers, but they seemed content and solemnly proclaimed a new Ph.D. graduate: Dr. Holger Lipowsky. The laudatory speech, penned by Christian Knipster and read by Jenny Baumann, followed the proclamation. At -3°C and approximately 20 cm of snow the “Doktormobil” set out on its course around Campus under the mental guidance of the freshly proclaimed graduate. Deep-frozen and exhilarated the scientists moved into warmer quarters for an extensive celebration.

Wednesday, December 16. Sabine Köcke passed her Ph.D. exam.

After a short introduction by Prof. Dr. Fritsch, head of the examination committee, Sabine got started with her presentation on Pumpverhütungsregeln am Höhenprüfstand. The room was filled with people. Half an hour later the examiners retreated for the colloquium. We do not know what questions were asked by Prof. Dr. Staudacher and Prof. Dr. Kau.

However, Sabine was able to explain everything perfectly which is why she is now referred to as Dr. Sabine Köcke. The laudatory speech in form of an iambic pentameter was delivered by Dr. Frederik Schilling. The freezing temperatures outside did not stop us from the traditional ride with the “Doktormobil”. Despite the missing winter tires all the turns were managed. Celebrations went on until late into the night. Congratulations Dr. Sabine Köcke!


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Thomas Schumann passed his Ph.D. exam on November 20.

A compelling presentation, phenomenal results, an amazed and delighted audience. But Prof. Dr. Kleusberg, head of the examination committee, Prof. Dr. Staudacher and Prof. Dr. Niehaus wanted even more. The cross-examined Thomas to find out more. The four of them returned one and a half hours later, the candidate was exhausted but relieved. Prof. Dr. Staudacher announced that he became doctoral advisor once more – Thomas is the little one’s name. How amazing!

Thomas deserved the moment, he got up onto the “Doktormobil” and listened to Sabine’s laudatory speech. He enjoyed his ride around campus and afterwards we joined the celebration.  We all wish you the very best!

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Christian Kasper passed his Ph.D. exam on October 1.

Today at 10 am his presentation on Sekundärströmungen in Turbinenstufen started after a short introduction by Prof. Dr. Kleusberg, head of the examination committee. It provided an insight into the phenomenology of turbine aerodynamics. How painful is must be to present years of research work in only 30 minutes. But the examinee had no time to lose. Directly afterwards Prof. Kleusberg, Prof. Dr. Staudacher and second reporter Prof. Dr. Casey of the ITSM started the oral examination. Among us other doctoral degree students there are many theories concerning what goes on behind those doors. But as it happens all the examinees that enter that room exit it after the oral exam. Just like today – three professors and one graduate engineer entered and three professors and Dr. Kasper exited the room. Dr. Kasper made a very relaxed impression, as if he only shared some cookies with the examination committee. A freshly proclaimed Dr. Kasper made his way around Campus on the “Doktormobil” after a laudatory speech about his work at the ILA. During the feast we all mused about the good old times with Christian the the ILA.

 

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Gerrit Schütte passed his Ph.D. exam on July 16.

The presentation on Probabilistische Untersuchungen zu Scramjet-Antriebssystemen was his warm-up; therefore the room warmed up as well. Prof. Dr. Fritsch was the head of the examination committee, Prof. Dr. Kau of the TU Munich acted as second reporter and Prof. Dr. Staudacher opened round two and questioned the examinee three against one. They all exited the room; the successful examinee was slightly sweaty and commented the examination with a hand gesture. The laudatory speech praised his deeds for which others would require more than one lifetime. After a festive trip around Campus Dr. Gerrit Schütte broached the cask and invited everyone to the buffet.


Bernd Banzhaf passed his Ph.D. exam on July 9.

Prof. Dr. Reichel of the ILS was head of the examination committee and Prof. Dr. Mundt of the UniBW Munich acted as second reporter. The presentation on Mischerverhalten und deren Einfluss auf das Leistungsverhalten von Triebwerken was followed by the oral examination which apparently was a cakewalk for him. After the laudatory speech the traditional walk around Campus burned many calories; they were regained at the celebration later that day.


Frederik Schilling passed his Ph.D. exam on June 18.

His presentation on Mikrogasturbinen was followed by the oral examination, led by Prof. Dr. Seyfried, Prof. Dr. Dumbser and Prof. Dr. Staudacher. After roughly an hour there was white smoke above Mr Schillings head and as they came down the stairs the examination committee announced that the ILA now had one more graduate – Dr. Frederik Schilling. Thomas Schumann gave the laudatory speech and we relived some of Freddi’s best moments at the ILA. With 2 HP and provisions for the journey the “Doktormobil” made its way around Campus.




Stefan Spieler passed his Ph.D. exam on May 14.

After a presentation on Untersuchungen der Leistungsverschlechterung von Triebwerken Mr Spieler entered the oral examination during which the examination committee was apparently unable to find any questions Mr Spieler could not answer. Therefore we congratulated him on this excellent result. The laudatory speech was followed by the traditional ride on the “Doktormobil”; the celebrations continued at Halle 3.


Ulf Schirmeister passed his Ph.D. exam on Friday, March 8.

The day started with a presentation on the Konzeption einer modernen extern befeuerten Gasturbinenanlage. But just as Ulf Schirmeister had aroused our interest in the topic, he had to disappear together with Prof. Dr. Staudacher, Prof. Dr. von Wolfersdorf and Prof. Dr. Fritsch for the oral examination. We outsiders can only guess what happened in that room, but the result is clear: Congratulations to Dr. Ulf Schirmeister! After Prof. Dr. Staudacher announced the result, the freshly proclaimed graduate got onto the „Doktormobil“, was equipped with the obligatory bottle of beer and listened to the laudatory speech of his friend and colleague Frederik Schilling. Afterwards the “Doktormobil” was pulled around Campus to Halle 2 where we all celebrated the great day of Dr. Ulf Schirmeister.

 






On Friday, March 20, Dr. Ernst Schneider passed his Ph.D. exam at the ILA.

After a presentation on Modellbasierte Regelung von Gasturbinenbrennkammern zur Optimierung von Stickoxidemissionen und Verbrennungsinstabilitäten and the following examination the newly proclaimed graduate enjoyed the traditional ride on the “Doktormobil“.

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