Since June 15, Prof. Dr. Robert Maaß has been appointed head of the Materials Engineering Department of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).
After studying materials science and engineering in Luleå (Sweden), in Nancy, and at Saarland University, Robert Maaß received his doctorate from EPFL in Lausanne in 2009, where he pursued research on size effects in crystal plasticity. Subsequently, he held academic positions at ETH Zurich, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, and worked as a practice specialist at McKinsey and Company.
In 2015 Robert Maaß was appointed assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he conducts research and taught mechanical properties of materials and processing of metals.
His research interests revolve most generally around plasticity of crystalline and amorphous metals from the bulk to the nano-scale. The insights gained from such work improves the fundamental understanding of how metals deform, increases the reliability of small-scale metallic components, and may lead to the development of new metallic materials.
"With Prof. Robert Maaß, BAM gains an outstanding, internationally known scientist. Research on innovative materials and their technical applications was one of the founding tasks of our institution almost 150 years ago and will be more important than ever in the future", says BAM’s President Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne.
"BAM is excellently positioned with its diverse and fore-front R&D projects. I am excited to be part of an institution with such a legacy, and I am very much looking forward to working with the department," said Robert Maaß.