One woman retires, another takes her place: On Oct. 1, 2020, Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, was appointed chairwoman of the German Aerospace Center, DLR. A materials scientist and engineer, she took over for Pascale Ehrenfreund, who had held the position since August 2015. Kaysser-Pyzalla said she is looking forward to “leading such a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary organization.” In addition to developing aviation and aerospace technology, the DLR focuses on research into energy, transportation, safety and security, and digitalization solutions. More than 9,000 people work for a total of 51 DLR institutes at 30 locations in Germany.
Kaysser-Pyzalla started her career working for TU Berlin, a university in Germany’s capital, and Hahn Meitner Institute, also in Berlin, for several years. After earning her teaching license in 2001, she held a number of jobs, including university professor at Vienna’s Institute for Materials Science and Technology in Austria. Prior to becoming DLR’s new leader, she was president of TU Braunschweig.