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Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries
Univ.-Prof. Prof. h.c. (Moscow State University) Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Thomas Gries was born in Cologne in 1964. He graduated from RWTH Aachen University with a Diplom-Ingenieur title in mechanical engineering and economics and wrote his doctoral thesis on mechanical engineering. From 1995 to 2001, he held leading positions in the fibre and textile division of Lurgi Zimmer AG in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since April 2001 he has held the position of Director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) at RWTH Aachen. Professor Gries received the honoris causa professorship at Lomonossow University, the most prestigious science award in Russia, for his achievements in the development of customised reinforcements. Professor Gries is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V. (acatech), the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Scientific Panel of Zukunftsinitiative Textil NRW (ZiTex). In addition, he contributes actively to diverse international expert associations and scientific journals and conferences.