Director of German ITA named honorary professor of Russian Lomonosov Moscow State University
On January 25, 2013 the Director of German ITA Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University since April 2001, Professor Thomas Gries, was honoured by the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) for his extraordinary scientific achievement in the development of fibre based composites.
The MSU was founded in 1755 and is now the most distinguished Russian university (40000 students and over 7000 postgraduates and further 5000 specialists are participating in career enhancement courses. More than 6000 professors, instructors and over 5000 researchers work for the faculties and research institutes. Each year more than 4000 international students and graduate students enrol at MSU.
Honorary degrees are awarded once a year to foreign or national scientists by the Lomonosov Moscow State University, among we find also several Nobel laureates such as Niels Bohr.
One outstanding scientific result of Gries’ research is the systematic development and implementation of the concept of “Tailored Reinforcement Textiles” from basic idea to industrial application and resource efficient production of composite components and their broad application for lightweight products and destined for example for use in the automotive sector.
Professor Gries – he studied Industrial Engineering as well as Engineering Sciences and received a PhD in engineering and technology – has been since a relentless advocate for deepening the Russian-German scientific relations and exchanges by enhancing the exchange of graduate students and scientists, guest lecturers and research partnerships. This was based on an agreement of 2006 governing the relationship between RWTH Aachen University and Russia’s MSU. A new highlight will be the workshop at MSU regarding the future of high performance materials in the energy sector in Spring 2013. Renowned scientists and industry representatives from both countries will discuss at high level during two days in order to set up and agree to a mutual research agenda. Professor Gries stated: “This event will establish a close collaboration of renowned research institutions in Russia and Germany and such new approaches for the efficient use of energy resources do have a strategic importance for both countries”.