For six years, Udo Klotzbach has been contributing to student education at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at HTW Dresden with his lecture on laser micromaterial processing. Since summer semester 2020, he has been giving a weekly lecture on bio-microsystems technology. Within the scope of this cooperation, students of HTW Dresden can not only deepen their theoretical insight into laser processing. Additionally, Fraunhofer IWS has also been introducing student assistants and diploma students to practical applications by including them in industrial projects. One aspect of the program is of particular importance according to Udo Klotzbach: "For me, it is a special priority to prepare the students for the design of technical processes in convergence of engineering sciences, computer science as well as bio- and information technology processes", he emphasizes.
Besides the cooperation in engineering studies, Fraunhofer IWS and HTW Dresden are also collaborating in joint research projects. Together with the medical faculty of Technische Universität Dresden and industrial partners they focus on the "Translation of innovative cellular biophysics into personalized medicine". This project meets the challenge to use cell samples in order to detect and analyze complex disease patterns by means of suitable biomarkers - meaningful parameters of biological processes. The prerequisite: to develop a microphysiological system that contains reservoirs for the samples and ensures contact-free transport between them. Scaling up these systems and producing corresponding prototypes is part of HTW Dresden's expertise. Here the University of Applied Science can contribute its many years of experience in 3D printing with great promise of success.
Vita – Udo Klotzbach
Udo Klotzbach, engineer of electrical engineering/electronics, received his PhD in 2006 on his research into the cutting of silicon wafers with short pulsed lasers. Since 2001 he has been working at Fraunhofer IWS where he has substantially shaped the technology field "Microtechnology". In addition to bio-microsystems technology, he and his team are researching the application of ultrashort pulsed lasers for surface functionalization and micromaterial processing.