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Andrés Fabián Lasagni Is a New Member of acatech

News – Fraunhofer IWS Dresden /

The laser expert Prof. Andrés Lasagni was elected as a new member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), during the last General Assembly.

The passionate laser expert Prof. Andrés Lasagni is a new member of of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).
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The passionate laser expert Prof. Andrés Lasagni is a new member of of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).

Under the patronage of the German Federal President, acatech brings together more than 600 outstanding representatives of science and industry. The members, who were admitted on the basis of their excellent achievements, represent a broad spectrum of disciplines: personalities from the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, the humanities and social sciences are all represented. At the last General Assembly, the association has elected Andrés Fabián Lasagni to its ranks.

His membership in acatech is of great importance to Andrés Lasagni, both personally and professionally. It offers him the unique opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of science and technology in Germany. As part of acatech, scientists advise politics and society on issues relating to the future of technology science and technology policy. The scientist has the opportunity to emphasize the great importance of laser technology and surface processing for technological progress and overcoming global challenges in the academy's thematic networks. He is taking this opportunity in addition to his already wide-ranging involvement in the scientific community.

A Passion for Laser Technology

Born in Argentina, he has been involved in various science-related advisory boards, networks and associations for many years. After studying chemical engineering in Neuquén, Argentina, he completed his doctorate in materials science at Saarland University and came to Dresden in 2008. There, he established a research group on Surface Functionalization at Fraunhofer IWS. In 2012, Andrés Lasagni took over the Chair of Laser-based Manufacturing at TU Dresden and has also headed the “Center for Advanced Micro-Photonics” (CAMP) at Fraunhofer IWS since 2017. His research on laser-based manufacturing processes for surface functionalization opens up new fields of application in medical technology, the automotive industry and energy research.

For Lasagni, tackling climate-related challenges using photonic technologies is at the forefront of his work. With this mindset, he plans to contribute his expertise to acatech. His work has already been recognized with awards such as the 2017 Materials Science and Technology Prize of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), the 2015 Green Photonics Award of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Prize of the Senate of the Argentine Nation for outstanding achievements in the field of engineering.


13th International Summer School 2024

As in recent years, at the 13th International Summer School from August 26 to 30, 2024 he will once again bring together undergratuade and PhD students in an intensive study program on fundamental and applied aspects of laser technology. Organized by TU Dresden and Fraunhofer IWS, the Summer School program consists of lectures by renowned experts and informal discussion sessions, as well as practical insights – from laser interference patterning and additive manufacturing technology to laser welding and cutting. The registration has already started.