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FBH appoints new scientific managing director


Expert in high-frequency electronics Patrick Scheele takes over from Günther Tränkle

Patrick Scheele has been appointed the new scientific managing director of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH). Together with administrative managing director Karin-Irene Eiermann, Scheele will from now on form the joint executive management of the FBH gGmbH.

Scheele follows in the footsteps of long-standing scientific managing director Günther Tränkle, who retired at the end of 2023. Tränkle, said: "I am very pleased that we have been able to win Patrick Scheele as my successor, a proven expert in high-frequency electronics and an experienced leadership personality."

Scheele is looking forward to this challenge and to working with the research teams at the institute and the many partners from research and industry: "With its research topics in photonics, III-V electronics and quantum technologies combined with its excellent manufacturing capabilities, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut is very well positioned. I see this broad sepctrum as a great opportunity to combine the developments from these areas of expertise even more closely and transfer them into applications in line with demand."

Scheele previously worked at Hensoldt Sensors GmbH in Ulm and has known the institute for many years. From April 2015 to April 2023, he was a member and from 2017 also chairman of the scientific advisory board. As VP and head of Radar Engineering at Hensoldt, he most recently led several large research and development teams with up to 950 employees. In addition to high-frequency electronics including circuit and antenna development, he was responsible for digital electronics and mechanical design along with environmental testing and the EMC laboratory.

Over the past few years, he has also been responsible for software development and radar systems engineering. In previous professional positions, he worked on mobile communications components and highly reliable space sensors, among other things.

Bernd Lietzau, chairman of the supervisory board of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, thanked Scheele's predecessor Tränkle for his trusting cooperation over more than two decades and his "tireless commitment far beyond the call of duty. He actually made the direct transition in FBH’s scientific management possible in the first place by postponing his well-deserved retirement several times. I wish Günther Tränkle all the best, health and happiness for his new phase of life."

Lietzau is equally optimistic about the future: "Patrick Scheele has known the FBH for many years and has helped set the institute's course. He will certainly contribute with his industrial experience to maintaining and expanding the transfer activities and thus continue the successful work of his predecessor."

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