Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Melz is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF as well as the head of System Reliability, Adaptive Structures and Machine Acoustics SAM at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
After studying mechanical engineering and lightweight design at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Prof. Melz was engaged as project engineer in smart structures at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR). He received his PhD at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2002 with his thesis on active vibration control of cryocoolers for application in satellites.
Since 2001, Prof. Melz has been working in several leading positions within Fraunhofer LBF. During this time, he formed and directed a new division for smart structures.
Prof. Melz was appointed as professor of smart structures at Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2011 and as director of the Fraunhofer LBF and SAM in 2016.
His research activities focus on smart structural systems and the functionalization of components as well as reliability and resource-efficient plastics- and metal-based lightweight construction.
Prof. Melz is chairman of the Kompetenznetz Adaptronik e. V. and chairman of Materials Valley e. V.