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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Job History

03/2009 – nowHead of Institute (Ordinarius)
Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
01/2005 – now

Managing Director
Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH (blz)
Managing Directors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt, Dr.-Ing. Stephan Roth

2002 – 2004Authorized Officer
Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH (blz)
Managing Directors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Geiger, Dr.-Ing. Gerd Eßer
2001 – 2004Senior Manager Development / Production
Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH (blz)
Managing Directors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Geiger, Dr.-Ing. Gerd Eßer
1997 – 2000Staff Scientist
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Fertigungstechnologie    
Head of Institute: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Geiger


02/2002Doctoral Dissertation / PhD (Dr.-Ing.)
Title: "Process control for Laser Spot Welds in Electronics Production Engineering"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Geiger, Friedrich- Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
1989 – 1996Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Awards and other responsibilities

2003PhD award of the Technical Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg founded by the Rotary Club Erlangen-Nürnberg for the dissertation “Process control for Laser Spot Welds in Electronics Production Engineering”

2nd place in the category applied sciences of the „Innovationspreis Lasertechnik 2004“ of the „Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e. V.”


2014 – 2018

Mega Grant (Presidential Grant) in Russia 

Build up a laboratory on Additive Technology with KAI - Kazan University
2011 – now

INO - Institute National d’Optique, Québec, Canada

Associate Researcher


Member of R&D Advisory Committee
2009 – now

Laser Demonstration Center (LDC), Sankt Petersburg

Advisory Board

2013 – 2015Chairman Collaborative Working Group: Laser in Production
2013 – 2016STC-E: Secretary
2016 – nowSTC-E: Vice Chairman
2014 – 2017Associate Member
2010 – 2012LIA Laser Institute of America
2014 – 2016Committee ICALEO: Laser-Micro-Fabrication Conference
2017 – 2019Member of the Board of Directors
2011 – now


Student Chapter in University of Erlangen-Nürnberg: Advisor
2012 – nowJournal of Laser Micro and Nanoengineering (JLMN)
2010 – nowInternational Journal of Optomechatronics
Associate Editor
2015 – 2016Journal Optics and Laser Technology
Associate Editor
2016 – nowReceiving Editor
2011 – nowLPM - Laser Precision Microfabrication conference of JLPS Japan Laser processing Society
Program Committee
2017 – nowFellow Conference Co-Chair
2012 – nowCLEO Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
Program Committee (Applications & Technology 04: Industrial Subcommittee)
2012 – nowISEM-XVII - International Symposium for Electro-Machining
Scientific Committee
2014 and 2016Annual International Conference of RAPDASA, the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa
Organizing Committee
2015VRAP International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping
Scientific Committe
2016IAMA International Additive Manufacturing Award 2016
Member of the Jury
2018ICAFT / SFU / AutoMetForm Conference
Scientific Committee
2019SheMet Conference
International Scientific Committee
2019THE A coatings Conference
International Scientific Program Committee
2019International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing
Editorial Board


2020Innovationscampus “Mobilität der Zukunft” (ICM), Baden-Württemberg
Advisory Board
2020Sill Holding GmbH
Advisory Board
2019 – nowWGP – Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktionstechnik e. V. 
2019 – 2023BIAS – Bremer Institut für Angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH
Scientific Advisory Board
2017 – nowSFB 814 Additive Fertigung
Deputy Speaker

Förder- und Freundeskreis zum weiteren Ausbau der Lasertechnologie an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

SAOT - Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies in the excellence initiative of the DFG (German Research Foundation)
2010 – 09/2013Co-Coordinator
10/2013 – nowCoordinator
2017 – 2020WLT Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik e. V. (AG Ing.) 
President: 2017 - 2020
LiM Conference: General Chair 2011, Sub-Chair (2009, 2013, 2017, 2019)
2007 – nowbayern photonics e. V., München
Chairman of the Board
2012 – nowGroup "networking research", Bavaria
Vice chairman
2014 – 2017BFS: Bayerische Forschungsstiftung
ForNextGen: Collaborative Research Project: Chairman
2007 – nowLANE - Laser Assisted Net Shape Engineering Conference
Organizer / Chairman
2012 – nowEDPC-Conference
International Conference Committee
2017IWOTE 2017 - 5th International Workshop on Thermal Forming and Welding Distortion
Advisory Committee
2017 – nowAcatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e. V.
Michael Schmidt

Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

10 selected publications

A complete list of publications of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt is available here.

A Round Robin study for Selective Laser Sintering of polyamide 12: Microstructural origin of the mechanical properties
Stichel, T.; Frick, T.; Laumer, T.; Tenner, F.; Hausotte, T.; Merklein, M.; Schmidt, M.
Optics & Laser Technology, Vol. 89, 2017, pp. 31-40         

Fundamental investigation of laser beam melting of polymers for additive manufacture
Laumer, T.; Wudy, K.; Drexler, M.; Amend, P.; Roth, S.; Drummer, D.; Schmidt, M.
Journal of Laser Applications, Vol. 26, 2014, Issue 3

Thermal joining of thermoplastic metal hybrids by means of mono- and polychromatic radiation
Amend, P.; Pfindel, S.; Schmidt, M.
Lasers in Manufacturing Conference 2013, Physics Procedia Vol. 41, 2013, pp. 98-105

Experimental and Simulative Investigation of Laser Transmission Welding under Consideration of Scattering
Devrient, M.; Da, X.; Frick, T.; Schmidt, M.
Laser Assisted Net Shape Engineering 7 (LANE 2012), Physics Procedia Vol. 39, pp.117-127

Laser transmission welding of optical transparent thermoplastics
Devrient, M.; Frick, T.; Schmidt, M.
Proceedings of the Sixth International WLT Conference on Lasers in Manufacturing, 23.-26.05.2011, München, Part 1, S.157-165     

A fast and flexible method for manufacturing 3D molded interconnect devices by the use of a rapid prototyping technology
Amend, P.; Pscherer, C.; Rechtenwald, T.; Frick, T.; Schmidt, M.
Proceedings of the 6th LANE2010 Laser Assisted Net Shape Engineering, Erlangen, 21.-24.09.2010, Physics Procedia Volume 5, Part 2, S. 561-572, Elsevier B.V. Amsterdam, 2010 

Optical properties of plastics and their role for the modelling of the laser transmission welding process
Geiger, M.; Schmidt, M.; Frick, T.
WGP-Annalen 2008 “Production Engineering – Research and Development”, Springer-Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, Vol. 3/1, 2009, S. 49-55    

In Vivo Evaluation of ß-TCP Containing 3D Laser Sintered Poly(ether ether ketone) Composites in Pigs von Wilmonsky, C.; Lutz, R.; Meisel, U.; Srour, S.; Rupprecht, S.; Toyoshima, T.; Nkenke, E.; Schlegel, K. A.; Pohle, D.; Munstedt, H.; Rechtenwald, T.; Schmidt, M.
Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, 24/2, 2009, S. 169-184

Effects of bioactive glass and β-TCP containing three-dimensional laser sintered polyetheretherketone composites on osteoblasts in vitro
von Wilmowsky, C.; Vairaktaris, E.; Pohle, D.; Rechtenwald, T.; Lutz, R.; Münstedt, H.; Koller, G.; Schmidt, M.; Neukam, F. W.; Schlegel, K. A.; Nkenke; E.
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, Wiley InterScience, Vol. 87A/4, 2008, S. 896-902

Selective Laser Sintering of PEEK
Schmidt, M.; Rechtenwald, T.; Pohle, D.
CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 56/1, 2007, S. 205-208

Michael Schmidt

Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

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