– Key to Smart Products!


The implementation of SmartPro is accompanied by a management project: SmartProM. SmartProM supports the network in different areas: organization, strategy and concept. It sustainably strengthens demand- and transfer-orientated research and helps intensifying research-based transfer at Aalen University and within the Ostwürttemberg region.

Dr. Kristina Lakomek                     
+49 (0)7361 576-1031

Establishing and consolidating structures, procedures and measures play a key role in developing a mutual transfer within a sustainable cooperation network as well as in enhancing the university’s research profile. Networking, mentoring and innovation counselling are among communication and quality assurance central aspects and tasks of SmartProM.

Steering committee

  • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Goll, Sprecherin SmartPro
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, Rektor Hochschule Aalen (Rektoratsmitglied)
  • Dr. Ralf Schreck, Stabstelle Forschung und Transfer Hochschule Aalen (Forschung)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Knoblauch, Sprecher des Forschungsschwerpunkts AMM (Advanced Materials and Manufacturing)
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Börret, Sprecher des Forschungsschwerpunkts Photonics
  • Dr. Andreas Ehrhardt, Geschäftsführer des Aalener Innovationszentrums INNO-Z
  • Michaela Eberle, Hauptgeschäftsführerin der IHK Ostwürttemberg
  • Andrea Hahn (i. V. Rainer Fünfgelder), Wirtschaftsförderung Ostalbkreis (Wirtschaftsförderer regionale Wirtschaft)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Steffen Hachtel, Geschäftsführer F & G Hachtel GmbH & Co. KG (Vertreter 1 aus regionalen Unternehmen: KMU)
  • Dr. Dirk Sellmer, Vice President Research and Development MAPAL Dr. Kress KG
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Kamlah, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

The “FH-Impuls” framework: strong universities of applied sciences providing impulses for the region

Through the SmartPro partnership, Aalen University of Applied Sciences has positioned itself among the best universities of applied sciences in Germany. It is one of ten German universities of applied sciences awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with five million Euro for initially four years within the program „FH-Impuls“. The main objectives of the program are the sustainable expansion of a regional transfer and cooperation network as well as the development of a distinct research profile.