Prof. Christian Hopmann is, since 2011, Head of
the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the
Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He studied
Mechanical Engineering with a particular focus on Plastics
Processing at RWTH Aachen and received his doctoral degree,
supervised by Prof. Walter Michaeli, in 2000. In 2005, he started
his industrial career at RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke (today:
RKW SE). From January 2010 until April 2011 he was Managing
Director of RKW Sweden AB in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Prof. Walter Michaeli is former Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, a position he held with for 23 highly successful years. He studied Manufacturing Engineering at RWTH Aachen, and, after over 8 years of industrial employment, took over as Head of the IKV in 1988. For his development of an innovative water-injection method for injection molding, he received the Otto von Guericke Prize of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in 2002.