Richard Degenhardt graduated in civil engineering in 1990 from the Technical University of Braunschweig. From 1990 to 1996, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Applied Mechanics of the Technical University of Braunschweig, where he completed his Ph.D. thesis “Nonlinear structural dynamics and soil-structure interaction.” Following this, he worked as a Structural Engineer in industry. Since 2000, Degenhardt has been working as a Scientist at the DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems. Since 2008, he has been serving as a Professor of mechanics of composite structures at the University of Applied Sciences Göttingen in Stade and at DLR. He has competence in numerical methods, composite structures, structural analysis, and development of fast tools. One highlight was the coordination of the EU-project COCOMAT (Improved Material Exploitation at Safe Design of Composite Airframe Structures by Accurate Simulation of Collapse, www.cocomat.de). He is the author of over 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings. In his current position at DLR, he is leading the Whole Aircraft Design group and holds a Senior Scientist position. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the running EU-project IFARs (Support Action for the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR), www.ifar.aero) and the running EU-project DESICOS (New Robust DESign Guideline for Imperfection Sensitive COmposite Launcher Structures, www.desicos.eu).
Biography Updated on 9 January 2013