TU Graz/

Research and Technology Advisory Committee

The Research and Technology Advisory Committee (R&T Advisory Committee) is the technology, research and science policy organ of strategic advice of Graz University of Technology. The committee supports the University in the general strategic planning of the R&T activities with respect to quality assurance, external impact, lobbying and networking.


  • R&T orientation/ profile of Graz University of Technology
  • Balance between applied research and knowledge-oriented basic research
  • Profile of the education at Graz University of Technology
  • Cooperation strategies
  • Integration into international research activities
  • Internal promotional and funding programmes
  • Advice regarding quality assurance measures. 




Research & Technology House
Mandellstraße 9/II
8010 Graz, Austria

Phone: +43 316 873 6038


Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Franz Michael Androsch


1986 Masters degree in chemical engineering, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
1991 PhD in engineering sciences from Vienna University of Technology

Professional career voestalpine:

1984 – 1990 Research engineer for metallic coatings 1
990 – 2003 Head of the department for organic coatings and plastic hybrids
2003 – 2006 Technical customer assistance and product manager/quality control
2006 – 2014 Vice President Research & Development in the Business Unit Coil
seit 2014 Senior Vice President Research & Development and Innovation voestalpine group

Professional Competence:

Leadership, strategy
R&D, innovationmanagement
Steel and steel processing
Raw materials technology and process technology
Coatings, corrosion

Dipl.-Ing. Günther Apfalter

Magna Steyr & Magna International Europe


1985 Graduation from University of Vienna, Diploma – Agricultural Economies (equivalent to MSC)

Professional Career:  

1985–1996 Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, in his last position as Area Division Manager Tractors; Prepared business unit to be integrated in a major agricultural machinery OEM (Case)
1996–2001 Case IH / CNH
until 1998 Chairman of the Board Case Steyr Landmaschinentechnik AG and Managing Director Case Germany GmbH
until 1999 Director Sales & Marketing Case Europe and Member of the Board Case Steyr Landmaschinentechnik AG
until 2001 Vice President Commercial Business Case IH Western and Central Europe
since 2001 Magna:
until 2005 Executive Vice President / Member of the Board Magna Steyr Powertrain and Magna Drivetrain
until 2007 President Europe & Asia Magna Powertrain Group
since 2007 President Magna Steyr
since 2010 additionally President Magna International Europe

Professional Competence:
Leadership Automotive
Engineering Knowledge
Management / Change Management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof.e.h.mult. Dr.h.c.mult.
Hans-Jörg Bullinger



Mechanical engineering, subject area production engineering, University of Stuttgart
1974 Doctorate in mechanical engineering, University of Stuttgart
1978 Habilitation

Professional Career: 

since 1980, Professor of industrial engineering and ergonomics, University of Hagen
1981–2002, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), start-up
1982 Appointment as Professor of industrial engineering and technology management, University of Stuttgart
2002–2012 President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
since 2013 Member of the Fraunhofer-Senate

Professional Competence:

Information management: business management, information systems, work design
Production management: production planning, R&D management, personnel management

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology


Physics and Biophysics
1973 Diploma – Physics, Technical University of Karlsruhe
1976 Ph.D. – Biophysics, University of Konstanz
1986 Postdoctoral Degree: Habilitation– Physics, Technical University of Munich

Professional Career:  

Visiting Professor or Scientist at several high-ranking international universities
1991–1999 Head of Laboratory for Exotic Nano-Materials, Frontier Research Program, RIKEN-Institute, Japan
1993–2008 Director, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
since 2008 Scientific Managing Director, AIT Austrian Institutes of Technology

Professional Competence: Biophysics

Lipid Bilayer Model Membranes
Biofunctional Interfaces
Polymers and Bioorganic Systems
Evanescent Wave Optics
Biosensor Development

Elisabeth J. Nöstlinger-Jochum



Communication sciences, University of Salzburg
Management coaching, media coaching, University of Innsbruck, Institute of Communication in the Professional Field

Professional Career:  

Freelance culture and science journalist with various newspapers
since 1988, permanent member of the ORF science editorial staff
since 2000, producer of the radio programme Das Salzburger Nachtstudio
since 2004, science editor since 2006, producer of CityScienceTalk
since 2006, lecturer in media competence at Medical University of Vienna


2002 Austrian national prize for scientific writing
2008 Austrian national prize for educational journalism

Professional Competence:

Science journalism in print and electronic media
Professional knowledge communication

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Karl Rose

Strategy Lab GmbH und University of Graz

Education :  

studied petroleum sciences

Professional Career:  

25 years with Royal Dutch Shell, lastly as chief strategist
since February 2010, Senior fellow, World Energy Council, London, and as such
Head of Development of Global Energy Scenarios 2050
since April 2010, establishment of Strategy Lab GmbH, Vienna
since August 2010, Professor of strategic management and applied business administration, University of Graz

Professional Competence:

Petroleum sciences
Business administration and strategic management
Energy and safety

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang A. Wall

Technical University of Munich

Education :  

Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), University of Innsbruck
1999 Ph.D., University of Stuttgart

Professional Career:  

1999–2003 Vice head of Institute of Structural Mechanics, Uni Stuttgart
since 2003 Full Professor (Ordinarius) for Computational Mechanics & Founding Director of the Institute for Computational Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, TUM Germany
2010–2012 Founding Director of the Munich School of Engineering
2011 Co-Founder of company AdCo EngineeringGW GmbH 
since 2011 Member of Advisory Council of TUM Institute for Advanced Studies
since 2013 President of German Association for Computational Mechanics


a.o. 2008 Fellow Award of IACM
2012 IACM Computational Mechanics Award
2013 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz medal and several teaching awards

Professional Competence:  

Engineering Sciences
Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering
Science and University management / politics

Dr. Peter J. Winzer


1998: Ph.D. in Electrical engineering, Vienna University of Technology
2003: Habilitation, Vienna University of Technology

Professional career Bell Labs:

Since 2000: focusing on various aspects of high-bandwidth fiber-optic communication systems, including Raman amplification, advanced optical modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, and receiver concepts, digital signal processing and coding, as well as on robust network architectures for dynamic data services. Head of the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ.
2009: Program Chair of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC)
2015 + 2017: Program Chair and General Chair of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).


1996: GIT-Award of the Austrian Electrotechnical Society
1996: Award of the Austrian Ministry of Science
2009: ASCINA Award for Principal Investigators