Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz

  Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz Copyright: Peter Winandy

Dr. Katharina Schmitz has been University Professor at RWTH Aachen University and director of the RWTH Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems since March 2018.

Together with her team, she conducts holistic research on fluid power systems, ranging from the use of hydraulic and pneumatic systems in machines for power transfer purposes and the optimization of fluid power components to fundamental questions in tribology, fluid engineering, fluid analysis, and digitalization in the context of Fluid Technology 4.0.


Born on July 4, 1986, in Dortmund.


2010 to 2012 Studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University
2008 to 2009 Studied Process Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
2015 Doctorate, with distinction, from RWTH Aachen University


2010 to 2012 Research Assistant at the RWTH Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems (IFAS)

2012 to 2015

Senior Engineer at IFAS
2015 to 2016 Project Engineer, Hunger Group
2016 to 2018 Techncal director at Hunger Maschinen GmbH, Würzburg, Germany


Family: married to Dr. Johannes Schmitz, mother of Leopold
Free time: Family; enthusiastic skier

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