Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Schulte
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Schulte has been head of the Institute of Polymer and Composites of the Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany, until September 2013. After working as an apprentice in electrician he studied General Mechanical Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum (Germany). He received his Ph.D. from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1979, on “Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Crack Propagation of High Strength Aluminium Alloys”. He worked until 1991 with DLR (German Aerospace Research Center, Institute of Materials Science) in Cologne, Germany. Within the field of lightweight materials he changed the focus of his research from metals to fibre reinforced composites. In 1992 he became Professor at TUHH and was teaching since than Polymers and Polymer Matrix Composite Materials. He had sabbatical leaves at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. and the University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge, U.K. His research focused on degradation of fibre reinforced composite materials, nanocomposites and the synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and Aerographite, a three dimensional graphitic aerogel.
Prof. Schulte is member of the Editorial Boards of several national and international journals in the area of composite materials. Together with his collaborators he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed publications. ISIHighlyCited.com listed Prof. Schulte as “Highly Cited Researcher in Material Science”. He is an elected By-Fellow of the Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. In 2013 the “International Committee for Composite Materials” (ICCM) named him “Composites World Fellow” and in September 2014 he received the “Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials” from the University of Delaware, DA, USA. In 2013 he was also nominated for the prestigious “Diesel Medal”.
Prof. Schulte continues to work scientifically in the composites field as a consultant and assessor and as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Composites Science and Technology”.