Prof. Martina Zimmermann receives the Galileo-Award Materials Testing 2014

Press release (Nr. XV) - Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, / 10.12.2014

The German Society for Materials Science (DGM), the German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM) and The Steel Institute VDEh jointly awarded Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martina Zimmermann with the Galileo Prize for her outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of materials testing research.

Prof. Martina Zimmermann (Fraunhofer IWS) and Dipl.-Ing. Lothar Krüger (BMW Group), Chairman of the Executive Board of DVM
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Prof. Martina Zimmermann (Fraunhofer IWS) and Dipl.-Ing. Lothar Krüger (BMW Group), Chairman of the Executive Board of DVM

Martina Zimmermann successfully concentrated her research into the experimental challenges and theoretical background concerning the topic Very High Cycle Fatigue (VHCF).Through her active engagement she was able to decisively contribute to a broad understanding of the fatigue behavior of structural metal materials at very high cycle rates and succeeded in stimulating comprehensive national and international research activities. Her research has been particularly successful with regard to the close link between materials analysis and microstructural characterization. She has gained valuable expertise in experimental studies of the fatigue behavior of metal materials and in the improvement of statistically verified lifetime prediction concepts.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martina Zimmermann graduated from the University of Siegen with a diploma in mechanical engineering and received a Ph.D in mechanical engineering at the Institute of Design. As Chief Engineer she headed the team Material Fatigue at the Chair of Material Testing and Characterization, University of Siegen. In 2012 she was appointed to the position of Professor for Material Testing and Characterization at the Technische Universität Dresden. At this time she also became the head of the group Materials Characterization at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik Dresden.