Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Reuter

Managing Director Fraunhofer IWES

Phone +49 (0) 511 / 762-17670


Andreas Reuter works as professor for wind energy technology at the Leibniz University of Hannover and managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) with a total of 170 scientific employees and a well-established testing infrastructure.

His education is in aviation and space technology, after completing his doctoral thesis on fatigue of wind turbines at the Technical University of Berlin he has worked in the wind industry for 15 years for companies such as Aerodyn, GE Energy and Bharat Forge as project engineer, director of engineering and managing director before returning into the scientific community in 2010.

The main focus of his current work is the structural analysis and design of large components such as offshore support structures and rotor blades.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Wenske

Deputy Director/ Head of Division Wind Turbine and System Technology

Phone +49 471 14290- 502


Jan Wenske was born in 1968, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Clausthal (1988-1994) with focus on high performance drives and power electronics. He received his PhD in 1999 at the Institut of Electrical Engineering at the TU Clausthal. He worked as project manager within the Pre-Development devision for forklift trucks at the STILL GmbH (2000-2004). Subsequently Prof. Dr. Wenske was in charge of the Department Power Electronics Development at Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems from 2005 to 2010. Since 2011 he has been deputy director of Fraunhofer IWES and head of the department “Drive train and System Technology”.

Dr. Antje Wagenknecht, MBA

Branch Manager Fraunhofer IWES

Phone +49 471 14290-205


Dr. Wagenknecht, MBA studied in Bremen, Tokyo, Münster and Dubai and completed her PhD on the topic of “Floating Structures”. Prior to her activities at Fraunhofer IWES, she held the position of assistant to the Chair of Logistics at the University of Bremen. Furthermore, Dr Wagenknecht has worked in the area of “vocational training” at Airbus Deutschland GmbH. She has been responsible for the areas of strategic development and internationalization as Branch Manager at Fraunhofer IWES since 2012.