Fraunhofer USA Blog 2017

Fraunhofer CESE welcomes Dr. Pankesh Patel

September 2017, College Park MD

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Dr. Pankesh Patel Fraunhofer CESE Research Scientist

Fraunhofer CESE welcomes its newest staff member, Dr. Pankesh Patel.  

Pankesh began work in August as a Research Scientist and among his assignments, he will focus on implementation of Industry 4.0 techniques and methodologies in commercial environments. Prior to joining Fraunhofer, he served as a Senior Engineer for the Industrial Software System group at ABB Corporate Research-India.   

Pankesh’s research applies model software engineering techniques such as separation of concerns, abstractions to hide software complexity, and end-to-end system integration. In brief, his focus is building software development methodologies and tools to easily develop applications in the cross-section of software engineering, cyber-physical systems, and Internet of Things. 

With this research, he has published more than 30 research articles in prestigious events. He is frequently invited to speak as a panelist and key note at both academic and commercial conferences. Pankesh obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Paris VI and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation in Paris, France.

For career opportunities at Fraunhofer CESE please contact:

Ms Betty Chou, Business Operations Manager 


Fraunhofer CSE wins DOE SunShot Photo Contest

7 September, 2017 Boston MA

Fraunhofer CSE solar simulator dark tunnel
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DOE SunShot Photo contest winner category for “University Research”

Congrats to the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems team for winning the DOE SunShot photo contentst for the category "University Research" showing CSE's solar simulator dark tunnel.

All submissions were judged by Simon Edelman, Chief Creative Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Dennis Schroeder, a photographer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado who is a solar photography expert. SunShot Initiative Web Page

Fraunhofer CSE Welcomes New Research Fellow

6 September, 2017, Boston MA

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Nathalie Wingartz joins CSE as a Behavioral Research Fellow.

Nathalie Wingartz joins CSE as a Behavioral Research Fellow. She previously was a Student Researcher at Fraunhofer IAO (Institute for Industrial Engineering) in Stuttgart, and before that at Fraunhofer IAT (Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management), also in Stuttgart. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Political and Social Research from Stuttgart University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf, and before that, studied Politics and Law at Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster.

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Fraunhofer CCD inspires Students at MSU Event

29 August 2017, East Lansing MI

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Fraunhofer Graduate student Mary Ensch and CCD's Russell Zarras with MSU mascot Sparty inpiring new students

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD) participated in MSU’s College of Engineering’s Colloquium Resource Fair. This event allowed approximately 2000 new engineering students at MSU to learn more about the types of research being done at CCD. They also learned about future research opportunities available in our undergraduate intern program. 

For more information about the opportunities at CCD, please contact:

Engineering Research Complex, 1449 Engineering Research Court

East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1226

Phone +1 (517) 432 8709 • e-mail: