Prof. Dr. J.-D. Wörner
Since 1 July 2015, Professor Dr Johann-Dietrich Woerner has been Director General of the European Space Agency ESA. After studying civil engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and the Technical University of Darmstadt, where he received his doctorate in 1985, Wörner worked for the engineering firm König und Heunisch. In 1990, Woerner was appointed to the Technical University of Darmstadt and took over the management of the testing and research institute. Before Wörner was elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995 and led it into autonomy, he was Dean of the Department of Civil Engineering. From 2007 to 2015 Wörner was Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).