Successful appointment of Prof. Claßen

01/09/2021

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Claßen has been appointed to the professorship of Structural Concrete at RWTH Aachen University as of September 01, 2021.

  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Claßen © Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Claßen

Professor Claßen moves from KU Leuven/ Belgium, where he held the professorship for Hybrid Structures. Claßen began his academic career in Aachen with a diploma in civil engineering. In 2016, he obtained his doctorate degree at the Institute of Structural Concrete at RWTH Aachen University, where he subsequently worked as a postdoc and research group leader. In 2018, Claßen received a scholarship from Ghent University and completed a research stay as a visiting scientist at the renowned Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research. In February 2019, he received a call to the professorship of "Advanced Structures " at Bauhaus University Weimar, as well as a call from KU Leuven to the professorship of "Hybrid Structures". In 2020, calls to the professorship "Carbon Reinforced Concrete" at TU Dresden and the professorship of "Concrete Constructions" at Leibniz Universität Hannover followed.

"I am very happy to return to my former place of work in Aachen. I`m coming 'home' bringing along many new ideas and inspirations! RWTH offers an excellent environment for both basic research and interdisciplinary collaboration as well as for cooperation with our partners from the construction industry. This mix makes research in Aachen particularly appealing," says Professor Claßen, adding, "The Institute for Solid Construction is a leading institution in the field of concrete and reinforced concrete research as well as in construction with carbon reinforced concrete. It is important to me to maintain and further develop these competences in the various research fields of the institute in the best possible way. Futhermore, my team and I will of course also tackle completely new topics for the construction of the future, such as clarifying how reinforced concrete can be produced with the 3D printer and which models we can use to calculate and predict the load-bearing behavior of 3D-printed reinforced concrete structures." Professor Claßen adds: "The construction industry is facing major challenges - my team's aspiration and goal is to develop smart approaches to these challenges in order to make solid construction fit for the future!"