Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhart Poprawe M.A.(Calif. State Univ.), rongyu jiaoshou(Qinghua University in Beijing)(honorary professor)

Professor Reinhart Poprawe Professor Reinhart Poprawe
Family status married to Anette Poprawe, born Kraus,
four children
Date and place of Birth January 23, 1954, Offenbach/Main Germany
Father Dr. Erwin Poprawe (Bankier)
Mother Ruth Senta Poprawe, born Wagner
April 1960 - March 1965 Elementary School Falkenstein/Ts
April 1965 - June 1973 Taunusschule Königstein (Abitur)
October 1973 - July 1975 Physics at University of Mainz
(Vordiplom 21st of April 1975)
Nov. 1975 - Feb. 1976 Student at Carl Zeiss Oberkochen
Feb. 1976 - July 1976 Physics at University of Mainz
Sept. 1976 - Sept. 1977 Physics at California State University/ Fresno
(Master of Arts 12th of August 1977)
June 1980 - March 1985 Assistant at Technical University Darmstadt
(PhD 27th of July 1984)
April 1985 - May 1989 Department Head at Fraunhofer Institute for Laser technology/ Aachen (Fraunhofer-Prize on 22nd of October 1987)
June 1989 - January 1996 Managing Director of Thyssen Laser-Technik GmbH Aachen
since February 1996 Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Laser technology/ Aachen und Head of University Chair for Laser technology, RWTH Aachen
July 2005 – Sept. 2008 Vice-president for Research, Structure and scientific youth at RWTH-Aachen University
14th of November 2011 Innovation Award of Northrine Westfalia 2011
(Additive Laser Manufacturing)
Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 President of the Laser Institute of America LIA
21st of March 2014 Honorary Professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing
22nd of October 2014 Schawlow Award 2014, Laser Institute of America LIA


  • Member of the Board AGIT GmbH, Aachen (2001-2012)
  • Member of the Board EdgeWave GmbH (Chair)
  • Member of the Board Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik AKL e. V. (dep. Chair)
  • Member of the Board PhotonAix e.V. (Chair)
  • Member of the Board Coopération Laser Franco-Allemande (CLFA)
  • Member of Board Laser Institute of America LIA
  • Fellow Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1998)
  • Fellow Laser Institute of America LIA (2006)
  • Fellow of SPIE (2012)
  • Member of Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Ferdinand Braun Institute, Berlin (until 2015)
  • Member of Investitionskomitee High-Tech Gründerfonds (until 2015)
  • Member of Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik e. V. WLT
  • Member of the Nordrhein-Westfalian Academy of Science
  • Member of Club Aachener Casino 1805
  • Member of Rotary Club Aachen