Today, Dr.-Ing. Peter Fritz, Vice President for Research and Innovation of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, was elected Vice President of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF) for Science and Research. The second Vice President responsible for industry and manufacturers is Ulrich Gräber, AREVA NP, Nuremberg. Dr. Ralf Güldner, E.ON Kernkraft GmbH, Hanover, is the newly elected President of the German Atomic Forum.
“With this management structure, the German Atomic Forum covers major aspects of nuclear energy”, says Peter Fritz. “The DAtF wishes to strengthen the dialog with society and improve the representation of all member enterprises.”
Peter Fritz studied mechanical engineering and specialized in power plant and process technology at the University of Hanover. After his Ph. D., he worked for 17 years in the managements of international plant and power plant construction companies, before he was appointed Member of the Board of the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe on April 01, 1999. There, he was responsible for energy research from renewable energies to conventional power plant technology to fusion technology. In addition, he was in charge of environmental and microsystems technologies. With the merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe into Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fritz was appointed Vice President for Research and Innovation. Dr. Fritz is member of various advisory councils and committees of environmental, technical, and nuclear institutions.
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.