Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fabian Herz


Contact Information:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fabian Herz

Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics
Universitätsplatz 02
39106 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0) 391 - 67 - 51806
Fax:       +49 (0) 391 - 67 - 12762



Studies: 2003-2008 M.Sc. und B.Sc. Safety and Hazard Defence (SGA),
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg,
Degree achievement: „very good, with distinction“
Doctorate: 07/2012 Topic: „Process Modeling in Rotary Kilns“,
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg,
Degree achievment: „summa cum laude“
Occupation:  2008-2013 Research Associate,
Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics,
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
2013-2016 Junior professorship „Simulation of Industrial Oven Processes“,
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
since 12/2016 Professorship "Apparatus and Plant Technology",
Hochschule Anhalt


Why did you choose the SGA degree Program/what was your motivation?
Why SGA? What is exciting about SGA?

Even during my school days, I developed a keen interest in science and technology. Accordingly, a degree program in engineering was the only possibility for me. In 2003, the SGA study program was being offered for the first time and was well-advertised in the local press. SGA had a highly interdisciplinary study program to offer, with a mix of technical content, such as computer science, environmental protection, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, structural theory, and fire protection in combination with non-technical subject areas such as project management, operational management, law, and psychology. The wide range of options suggested an outlook on a diverse field of applications. Whether you later work for the state/federal government, as a security expert in an industrial enterprise, or for institutions such as the fire department, the police, or even insurance companies, you were able to define yourself by means of elective courses and internships. Therefore, I then decided not to enter into a "conservative" study program such as mechanical engineering, for example.


What is exciting about science?

The particularly appealing aspect of science is the direct application of the knowledge acquired in your course of study as well as the constant further development of one's own experiences and knowledge. It fascinates me to deeply question real processes and procedures in order to solve individual phenomena as well as the complex context of practice-relevant problems. To this end, I develop theoretical models on the basis of mathematical-physico-chemical principles with which the processes can be described and simulated. Other important components of my scientific work are experimental measurements and laboratory analyses. These supplement the theoretical approaches and are indispensable in precisely determining and validating individual phenomena and/or material specifics.


Can anyone do it?

Generally, YES! However, the interest in technical and/or scientific areas should exist. After all, this pertains to your own professional qualification which will lead the way in your own future. One wants to pursue one's own profession with satisfaction and fun.

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Last Modification: 06.06.2018 - Contact Person: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. (FH) Manuela Dullin-Viehweg