The “Premier League” of the new generation in the wood materials industry is trained at the Technische Hochschule Rosenheim (Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences). Mr. Ulrich Kaiser, Head of Sales Wood Division at Siempelkamp, is a member of the industrial advisory board for wood technology, newly established there in 2019. This group brings together a top level cross-section of experts from wood technology and from the wood materials industry. These sections of the industry require new blood – it is still possible to apply for the winter semester at the University of Applied Sciences before August 14, 2020!
1,000 students, 26 professors, 22 labs – these are the key figures for the Faculty of Wood Technology and Construction at Rosenheim Technical University (TU). As the leading international academic training institute in the world of wood, Rosenheim TU opens up the acquisition of skills in subjects such as Wood Technology (Bachelor/Master), Interior Engineering (Bachelor), Wood Building and Construction (Bachelor), Civil Engineering with focus on Sustainable and Energy-efficient Construction using Wood (Bachelor), and Civil Engineering (Bachelor). “Let me through, I’m a WOOD ENGINEER!” is one of the faculty’s promotional messages.
All this know-how comes from the faculty’s links with industrial practice: For that reason, the Wood Technology study programme initiated an industrial advisory group, in which Siempelkamp too is represented by Ulrich Kaiser. This is where organisations with a good name in the wood materials industry contribute their knowledge and connections, e.g. Egger and Kronospan, Homag, Hülsta, Leuco, and Binderholz. “There are many reasons why activity in this group is a pleasure and an honour for me. I can pass my practical experience onto the next generation and, in addition, the faculty’s topics, such as process digitisation or improvement of material efficiency, are exactly the challenges which also drive Siempelkamp. This creates a great opportunity to learn from each other and to feed the knowledge gained from the network back into our own companies,” says Ulrich Kaiser.
The topics to which the advisory board devotes itself in conferences, research projects, or excursions are very varied: Students are attracted to an exciting industry, brought into contact with industrial practice and, later on, meet with prospective employers. Projects on topics such as chipboard quality, material simulation, or manufacturing automation bring together researchers, practitioners, and the next generation.