Prof Hans Gatzen

University Professor

Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Center for Production Technology, Institute for Micro Production Technology

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Welfengarten 1
D-30167 Hannover
PH: 49 (511) 7625103
Email: [email protected]


Hans Gatzen holds a Master’s degree equivalent in Mechanical Engineering from the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Munich, Germany and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (Precision Mechanics/Dynamics) from the RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. From 1976 until 1983 he worked for the Siemens Corporation, first in Munich, Germany, and after 1980 in Anaheim, California.

His responsibilities included the development, pilot production, and production transfer of recording heads for disk files and tape drives, as well as the development of flexible disk drives. In 1983 he joined Seagate in Scotts Valley, California, where he had corporate technical responsibility for recording heads and head components.

After joining Conner Peripherals San Jose, California, in 1989, he developed a system for measuring the engineering progress and for ensuring product integrity of new products developed in a concurrent engineering mode. In 1992 he accepted a position of a Professor at the Hanover University, in Hanover, Germany where he founded the Institute for Microtechnology (imt) and served as its director until his retirement at the end of 2009. He taught classes on micro and nano technology, micro and nano electro-mechanical systems (MNEMS), micro and nano technology in biomedicine, mechatronic systems, and concurrent engineering (CE).

His research centered on manufacturing, assembly, and application of MNEMS with emphasis on utilizing magnetic effects, ultraprecision machining and assembly, microtribology, and management of technology (MOT). Between 2007 and 2009, he attracted in average 1.6 million € annually in research funding and employed approx. 18 Ph.D. students and post-docs. From 1985 until 1998 he was an adjunct lecturer and part time faculty member of the Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

He holds 15 patents and has published 12 tutorials as well as over 300 papers in various refereed journals and proceedings.

In 2005, he was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Since 2007, he is a Member of acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering. He also is a member of IEEE and VDI. He still is a professor at the Leibniz University and also co-operates with the Institute for Microstructure Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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