Fraunhofer USA Blog 2019

New Lab for Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovations CEI

Storrs, CT

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Fraunhofer USA CEI's new lab space in progress in the state-of-the art Innovation Partnership Building at the UConn Tech Park.

Fraunhofer USA CEI staff excited about their new lab space in the state-of-the art Innovation Partnership Building at the UConn Tech Park.

This 115,000-square-foot (10,700 m²) space features agile labs, $40 million in specialized equipment, and collaborations between faculty, businesses, researchers, and students to create solutions and products that will propel the economy forward. Fraunhofer USA CEI’s lab is being constructed here and is scheduled to be completed in late June 2019

Fraunhofer USA CESE's Dr. Mikael Lindvall to speak at Sensors Expo and Conference 2019

Dr. Mikael Lindvall, Technical Director- Fraunhofer USA CESE

Conference: Sensors Expo and Conference

Dates: 25 June 2019

Location: San Jose 

Dr. Mikael Lindvall, Technical Director at Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE, is speaking at the Pre-Conference Symposium on the role of Sensors in Building IoT Systems & Indsutry 4.0 Applciations. 

This Pre-Conference Symposium examines how the sensor designer, manufacturers, and vendors can gear up to meet fast and efficient changeover of production processes. Fraunhofer USA will discuss a few use cases an industry consortium is developing open source middleware that allows manufacturers to network and integrate existing sensors, machines, and production processes so that Industry 4.0 applications can be easily implemented and allow for quick, efficient reconfiguration of manufacturing. This Pre-Conference Symposium introduces BaSys 4.0, a German research project focusing on how manufacturing system would be architected in order to reap the benefits of I4.0 as well as an open source software platform that addresses many of the technical challenges related it I4.0 and which can be used to build your I4.0 manufacturing system upon. 

Link to Event Details and Registration

Fraunhofer USA CMI's Bill Mosoglo to speak at MassTLC Robotics/IoT Members Meeting

Bill Mososglo, business development manager at the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI

MassTLC Robotics/IoT Meeting: Best Practices for Testing

Date: 20 May 2019

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: SharkNinja, 89 A Street Suite 100, Needham, MA 02494

Join Bill Mososglo, business development manager at the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI, who will be presenting at the event.

Talks include:

• Phased Approach to Unique Problem Solving & Testing for Automation Success– Fraunhofer
• Real-world Testing for Consumer Robotics – SharkNinja 
• New England Robotics Validation & Experimentation (NERVE) Center

Click HERE for event details.

Biology Graduate Student Association Graduate Networking Forum

Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology CMB

Newark, DE   Feb 2019

Fraunhofer USA CMB’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Streatfield, participated as a panelist at the graduate Networking Forum at the University of Delaware. The aim of the panel was to help graduate students increase their knowledge of career paths and opportunities in STEM fields outside of academia. Additionally, there was an interactive panel focused on careers in academia.

The event was organized by the Biology Graduate Student Association.

For current Fraunhofer USA career and internship opportunities please click HERE 

New Research Scientist at Fraunhofer USA CESE

June 2019

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Sandra Osp Stefansdottir, Research Scientist, Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE

Fraunhofer USA is pleased to welcome Sandra Osp Stefansdottir, who will be working as a Research Scientist under the supervision of Dr. Mikael Lindvall. She joined the Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE in College Park, Maryland, as an intern in June 2018 as the last part of her studies. Sandra earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Reykjavik University shortly after.

Sandra began her IT career in May 2017 when she accepted a position with Icelandair Hotels in Reykjavik, Iceland. There, Sandra worked as an IT technician and systems administrator before transitioning to a project management position, designing and managing the company’s entire registry system.

While completing her studies, Sandra also worked as an IT consultant and Teaching Assistant at Reykjavik University. As a now full-time employee of Fraunhofer USA CESE, Sandra intends to grow as a developer and to continuously expand her skillset while mentoring and supervising interns by leveraging her own experiences.

Fraunhofer USA CESE Welcomes New Colleagues

February 2019

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Jason Hauzel

Rohan Reddy Mekala

College Park, MD

Fraunhofer USA CESE would like to welcome our newest team members:

Jason Hauzel

who will be working as a research scientist under the supervision of Dr. Mikael Lindvall. Jason is a Maryland native and graduated from the University of Maryland (UM) in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry. 

A change in career path led Jason to return to UM to purse a B.S. in Computer Science. During his final year of study, Jason interned with CESE for several months before completing his studies in December 2018. 

Jason comments, “The internship at CESE provided the opportunity to gain insights into the wide variety of software engineering challenges that the team addresses for its government, academic and commercial clients everyday. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the Fraunhofer mission and working with this team of professionals that clearly take great pride in their work.”

Rohan Reddy Mekala

who will be working as a Research Data Scientist. Rohan recently graduated from UMD, College Park with an M.S. in Information Systems.

While studying, Rohan interned with Fraunhofer USA CESE for 6 months, during which he worked on projects involving machine learning and applications of neural networks in the fields of Image Recognition and Natural Language Processing. 

Prior to pursuing his masters, Rohan founded two technology firms in the travel e-commerce and digital analytics space. 
In his free time, Rohan loves studying stock market data, playing soccer and travelling.  

Fraunhofer USA CMB Intern sharing Experience

January 2019

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Chiara getting familiar with a chromatography equipment (Waters) used for purification of antibacterial compounds.


Chiara Wolfbeisz is finishing her Internship at Fraunhofer USA CMB in Newark DE. We thank Chiara for her contributions and wish her well in her bright future.

Educational background: B. Sc. Biology at Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg, Germany

During my internship in the Microbiology group at the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology CMB, I was involved in several aspects of antibiotics discovery. I received training in the isolation and characterization of novel soil derived bacterial strains and got to know a variety of different purification processes of antimicrobial agents.

I had the opportunity to be part of an international, very open-minded research team and worked side by side with professional scientists, who became more than colleagues during my time in the USA! Especially for me as an undergrad intern, it was awesome to learn multiple standard lab techniques/methods and to gain a realistic insight into the daily work of a scientist.

All in all, I am glad that I had the chance to meet so many amazing people. I learned a lot, not just about the American way of life, but also about myself during this exciting time in my life!