Carsten Wolff is Professor for Computer Science at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Dortmund) since 2007.
He studied electrical engineering and economics at Paderborn University and did a PhD in electrical engineering at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute. In his industrial career, Carsten was in the semiconductor industry (Infineon AG), working in Germany, P.R. China and Taiwan. He worked as project manager, head of department and program manager on the development of ASICs and processors. He also contributed to the development of a new research centre in P.R. China. At FH Dortmund, he is the speaker of the DAAD strategic partnership EuroPIM, course director of the Master’s Embedded Systems for Mechatronics and project manager of various research projects and of the Ruhr Master School. From 2011-2015 he was the vice rector for study, teaching and international relations.
Carsten Wolff is a founding member and speaker of the research centre “PIMES – process improvement for mechatronic and embedded systems”.
He is the PCC member of the ITEA2 project AMALTHEA4public (and previously AMALTHEA) for FH Dortmund.
Carsten Wolff is co-founder of smart mechatronics GmbH, a spin off of FH Dortmund and Heinz Nixdorf Institute (Paderborn University) for Systems Engineering.
Abstract key note:
RuhrValley and Ruhr Master School: Two Pillars of a New Cooperative University of Applied Sciences in Engineering
Universities of applied sciences in Germany have one of their roots in the polytechnical schools for engineering. Teaching bachelor’s programmes is therefore still the dominant task. Since 15 years, the scope of a modern and comprehensive university of applied sciences becomes broader and the expectations with respect to regional impact are rising. The introduction of Master’s programmes has increased the importance of research and scientific work. Furthermore, the profile of applied sciences is promoting the transfer of innovations and innovative graduates into the industry, which is specifically attractive for the engineering domain. This broader profile is rather new and demanding for universities of applied sciences. In the Ruhr Area of Germany, the universities of applied sciences in Dortmund, Bochum and Gelsenkirchen are developing this profile in a cooperative way. One important cooperation format is the Ruhr Master School with currently 17 Master’s programmes and a variety of additional activities and events. Another format is the planned university-industry-cluster RuhrValley, with 6 research institutes and a group of technology SMEs in the mobility and energy domain. The new type of cooperative university of applied sciences is becoming an export model which is gaining more and more attention in the international higher education system.