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4 January 2024

FBH appoints new scientific managing director

Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) of Berlin, Germany has appointed professor Patrick Scheele as scientific managing director, a management role that is linked to the W3 professorship of Microwave and Optoelectronics at Technische Universität Berlin. Together with administrative managing director Dr Karin-Irene Eiermann, Scheele will form the joint executive management of FBH gGmbH (a not-for-profit limited-liability company).

FBH’s new scientific managing director professor Patrick Scheele (photo courtesy of FBH/P. Immerz). Picture: FBH’s new scientific managing director professor Patrick Scheele (photo courtesy of FBH/P. Immerz).

Scheele succeeds long-standing scientific managing director professor Günther Tränkle, who retired at the end of 2023. Scheele is a “proven expert in high-frequency electronics and an experienced leadership personality,” comments Tränkle.

“With its research topics in photonics, III-V electronics and quantum technologies combined with its excellent manufacturing capabilities, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut is very well positioned,” reckons Scheele. “I see this broad spectrum as a great opportunity to combine the developments from these areas of expertise even more closely and transfer them into applications in line with demand.”

Scheele previously worked at Hensoldt Sensors GmbH in Ulm and has known FBH for many years. From April 2015 to April 2023, he was a member and from 2017 also chairman of its scientific advisory board. As VP & head of radar engineering at Hensoldt, he most recently led several large R&D teams with up to 950 staff. In addition to high-frequency electronics including circuit and antenna development, he was responsible for digital electronics and mechanical design along with environmental testing and the EMC laboratory. Over the past few years, he has also been responsible for software development and radar systems engineering. In previous professional positions, he worked on mobile communications components and highly reliable space sensors, among other things.

Senior Senate Counselor Bernd Lietzau, chairman of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut’s supervisory board, thanked Tränkle for his cooperation over more than two decades. “He actually made the direct transition in FBH’s scientific management possible in the first place by postponing his well-deserved retirement several times,” Lietzau notes. “Patrick Scheele has known the FBH for many years and has helped set the institute’s course,” he adds. “He will certainly contribute with his industrial experience to maintaining and expanding the transfer activities and thus continue the successful work of his predecessor.”

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