Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Reuter

Managing Director Fraunhofer IWES

Phone +49 471 14290-545 (Secretariat)


Andreas Reuter works as professor for wind energy technology at the Leibniz University of Hannover and managing director of the Fraunhofer IWES with a total of 220 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 Fraunhofer IWES & Technical Director

Phone +49 471 14290-502 (Secretariat)


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 Chief Technology Officer (CTO).