Carsten Wolff

Carsten Wolff

Pro-rector for digitalization and international cooperation
  • Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Dortmund), Germany, Faculty of Computer Science, Professor for Computer Engineering: Researcher on R&D processes and tools, microelectronics, embedded systems and project management. (2007 - present)
  • Founding member and Director of the “Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL)”, main research institute of FH Dortmund (50+ staff) (2016 - present)
  • Project Manager of the DAAD Strategic Partnership project “EuroPIM - European Partnership for Project and Innovation Management”, Director International Programmes (2015 -present)
  • Course Director of the Master Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (2014 - present)
  • PCC Member of the Eureka/ITEA Projects “AMALTHEA”, “AMALTHEA4public”, “APPSTACLE” and “PANORAMA” (2011 - present)
  • Member of the EuroMPM (European Master of Project Manage- ment, Business Faculty) teaching staff and examination board. (2008 - present)
  • Best Researcher Award, FH Dortmund (2018)
  • Speaker of the Industry-University-Partnership “RuhrV alley”, covering 7 research institutes from the universities of applied sciences in Bochum, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen and more than 40 companies (2016 - 2018)
  • Project manager of the Ruhr Master School of Applied Sciences, now member with Master Embedded Systems for Mechatronics (2014 - 2016)
  • Speaker of the research group “PIMES – Process Improvement for Mechatronic and Embedded Systems” (2011 - 2016)
  • Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Vice Rector for Study, Teaching and International Relations (2011 - 2015)
  • International coordinator at the Faculty of Computer Science. 2008-2011


2002 – 2005 – Hagen Open University: Business Administration (Dipl.-Kaufm., Master equiv.)

1996 – 2001 – Heinz-Nixdorf-Institute, Paderborn University: Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Dr.-Ing., PhD equiv.), Thesis: “Parallel Simulation of large pulse-coupled neural networks”

1997 – 2000 – Heinz-Nixdorf-Institute, Paderborn University: Scholarship at the Graduate College “Parallel Computer Networks in Production Technology”

1990 – 1996 – Paderborn University: Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Dipl.-Ing., Master equiv.)

Industry experience

2006 – 2007 – Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, Senior Program Manager, entrepreneurial responsibility for a program of memory chips (revenue 50 Mio USD p.a., 20 Mio USD R&D budget), project management in P.R. China, Taiwan, USA, Portugal. Development of a family of DDR SDRAM components (80 nm CMOS). Management of R&D, production, quality and customer issues.

2005 – 2006 – Infineon Technologies Ltd., Xi’an, P.R. China, Manager ASIC & Design Solutions department, build-up of the department and business unit in China: disciplinary and budget responsibility, project management for the projects in Xi’an. Development of a voice recognition processor (UniLite, 130 nm CMOS) in cooperation with Tsinghua university. FPGA development.

2004 – 2006 – Infineon Technologies Ltd., Xi’an, P.R. China, Project Office Manager, build-up of a R&D center: project setup, resource planning, project leader development, project planning and controlling, risk management. Focus on communication products, e.g. GSM and DECT processors.

2003 – 2004 – Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, Project Office, Senior Specialist Improvement Management, workshop facilitator (8D, FMEA), risk management.

2000 – 2003 – Infineon Technologies AG, Development Center Duesseldorf, Germany, Staff Engineer Digital Design: Development of a GSM/EDGE mobile processor platform.

1996 – 2000 – Heinz-Nixdorf-Institute, Paderborn, Researcher: Development and prototype implementation (with FPGAs) of a neurocomputer, simulation software on parallel computers and DSPs, design of a compiler. Supervision of a student working group and of diploma theses. International publications.

Academic Affiliations

Honorary Professor of the Zaporozhye National Technical University (ZNTU), Ukraine

Member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Systems Dynamics and Mechatronics (ISyM) of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Bielefeld)

Member of the external peer committee for the study programmes of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Bielefeld)

Member of the international peer committee for the Bachelor programmes of the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven, Belgium

Founding member of the Graduate Institute North-Rhine Westfalia (GI NRW), Institute for cooperative PhD studies

Member of German Rectors’ Conference (hrk) working group on “internationalisation of curricula”

Programme Committee member of:


  •  IEEE E-TEMS (Chair)

  •  ICIST – International Conference on Information and Software


  •  Dortmund International Research Conference (Chair)

  •  REPM – Research and Education in Project Management

  •  International Scientific Conference on Project Management in

    the Baltic Countries


Further Affiliations

Desenberg Energie GmbH&CoKG, Desenberg Motoren UG, Managing Director, Energy production from biogas

Smart Mechatronics GmbH, Co-Founder and Fellow, Engineering services for mechatronic systems

CP contech electronic GmbH, Partner and Shareholder, Development and production of industrial electronics

Member of the Steering Board of the Dortmund Smart City Alliance