Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Woerner

Since 1. July 2015 Professor Dr. Johann-Dietrich Werrner is Director General of the European Space Agency. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated with a PhD in 1985. Until 1990, Mr Woerner worked for consulting civil engineers Koenig und Heunisch.
In 1990 he returned to TU Darmstadt, where he was appointed as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the newly established Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Woerner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany. From 2007 to 2015 Woerner was head of the German delegation to ESA and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.