Zeiss chairman Dieter Kurz to become honorary professor
The University of Ulm has awarded the chairman of Carl Zeiss AG, Dieter Kurz, an honorary professorship as part of its 11th anniversary. ”With his outstanding experience as manager in the field of high technology, Dieter Kurz will sustainably contribute to our econophysics course,” said the president of Ulm University, Karl Joachim Ebeling.
Kurz took over the management of Zeiss’ Semiconductor Division in 1994 and turned the company into a technology leader in the lithography market, a market segment with billions of euros of potential profit. He has been the spokesperson of the board of directors since 2001 and chairman of the board since 2004 and has worked consistently on developing and sustainably strengthening Carl Zeiss AG’s leading positions in the semiconductor technology, microscopy, medical technology and industrial measurement technology markets.
Kurz himself (“I feel that I have very strong connections with the University of Ulm and I am very pleased to accept the honorary professorship”) referred to the links between scientific research and the company since its foundation and explained: “Large, successful research cooperations have a long tradition in Carl Zeiss AG and continue to play an important role.”
The Life Sciences Faculty and the Senate were unanimous in awarding Kurz the honorary professorship at the University of Ulm. Kurz has been an external member of the University Council since 2003 and vice-chairman since 2006.
Source: University of Ulm - 14th July 2008 (P, wp)