Vice President for Research and Early Career Academics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hecker joined the Executive Board on 1 April 2018. He is responsible for all matters relating to research and early career academics.
Since April 2005, Professor Hecker has been the Head of the Institute of Flight Guidance. In addition to pertinent teaching work in the fields of flight mechanics, flight control and flight guidance, his focus is on research and innovation in cockpit technologies and air traffic management, as well as interdisciplinary topics such as air traffic safety, human-machine systems and the basics of air traffic navigation, communication and monitoring.
After completing his degree in electrical engineering at TU Braunschweig in 1989, he joined the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) as a research associate. In 2000, he established and directed the newly-founded Pilot Assistance Department at DLR’s Institute of Flight Guidance. While continuing in this position, Hecker completed his doctorate on image-guided navigation at TU Braunschweig.
As Vice President, Professor Hecker is responsible for the further development and supervision of TU Braunschweig’s strategic research topics. Improving research support is important to him, particularly support for research applications and networking, both within the university and externally. He advocates for early career scientists, for example through reliable, transparent career prospects and by supporting self-reliant research.