At the booth: Peter Kerrigan, Stefan Altevogt, Ferdinand Hollmann
From June 8 to 10, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) presented German manufacturing technology, as well as the internationally reputable research and academia in this field, at the University of North Carolina. The “Research in Germany” (RiG) initiative attended the 10th ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2015), which took place in combination with the 43rd Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 43), as an exhibitor.
In addition to the exhibition, a Research in Germany Science Lunch was organized. Approximately 450 participants filled the auditorium to capacity as Peter Kerrigan, a representative of the DAAD, moderated the event following his brief overview of the German research and development (R&D) landscape. Mr. Kerrigan specifically emphasized the role of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, which now has eight locations across the USA, as a cross-section for privately and publicly funded R&D.
As an example of top performances in the basic research of manufacturing technologies at German universities, Goran Grzancic of TU Dortmund discussed projects in the field of highly flexible conversion technology. Ferdinand Hollmann, program director of engineering at the DFG main office, was able to give many insights as he described research areas at academic institutions and the vast DFG portfolio, which supports research and internationalization at German universities. One example was the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2057 “Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing”, which was established last year by the TU Kaiserslautern in cooperation with the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis. Barbara Linke from UC Davis was also present to report on their current work.
Conversations at the booth in the exhibit hall focused more generally on the many research locations with the help of a newly designed brochure. Representatives elaborated on the individual universities’ work in the broad field of manufacturing technology - from classic areas of conversion and cutting by stock removal to the newest procedures of “additive manufacturing” and fully integrated process chains. Brochures on funding opportunities and frequently asked questions further aided the team in advising people interested in study or research stays in Germany of necessary funding and information resources.
Finally, the unique giveaways at the booth - adapter plugs to „Plug in to German research“ and the gummy bears for „Sweet Greetings from the Land of Ideas“ - were highly demanded promotional gifts among the conference participants. The only thing in greater demand was information of the research and funding possibilities in Germany, a sign that the German landscape continues to maintain its reputation as a leader in manufacturing technology.
In 2002, the DFG opened its first North America office in Washington, D.C. A New York City office followed in 2007. The mission is to facilitate research cooperation between North America and Germany, and to support young German researchers on a DFG-fellowship during their stay.
With "International Research Marketing" - a joint project funded by the BMBF - the DFG together with AvH, DAAD and FhG promote Germany as a research locationto improve the international visibility of top-class research in Germany.