TRUMPF names new vice president of lasers

Dr. Christian Schmitz will join TRUMPF Inc. as the Vice President, Lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at TRUMPF's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement was made by Rolf Biekert, President and CEO.

In this role, Dr. Schmitz will have responsibility for the TRUMPF Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. and TRUMPF Photonics in Princeton, N.J., and for the TruMark Sales, Laser Production and Laser Development Departments. He will also work closely with product managers to support the sale of lasers throughout the North American market.

Dr. Schmitz will transfer from TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG (TLS) in Schramberg, Germany, where he has been responsible for managing the Disk Laser Group and overseeing the development of the new diode-pumped solid-state laser system. Since 2005, he has been in the role of Head of Research and Development at TLS, with responsibility for seven related departments. He joined TRUMPF in 1999, after completing his Dr.—Ing. (PhD) at the Institute für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart. His doctoral research work was focused on high power CO2 lasers and disk lasers.

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