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Judith Elsner

Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner

Managing Director
Phone: +49 (0)721 608-47880
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Dr. Judith Elsner

Managing Director of HECTOR School

Dr. Elsner started her professional career as a consultant and went on to become the managing director for Interpane International in France. During this period she was able to gain detailed experience in the field of international business and production technology. Later she decided to expand her academic career and returned to the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) as a researcher in the field of micro system technology and business process reengineering. During her time at the Institute of Production Technology she was responsible for a variety of projects concerning business process reengineering, micro system technology and quality management issues. In 2003 she completed her Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing) in Engineering and took on a responsible position in Sales & Marketing at the Stinnes AG in Berlin. In 2005 she was appointed Managing Director at the Hector School of Engineering and Management in Karlsruhe.

Her international work experience in diverse industries and her interdisciplinary education in engineering and management enable her to possess a very detailed understanding of the lecture programs offered at the HECTOR School.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project Management
  • International Business Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Production Engineering
  • Human Ressource Devellopment


Reseach Interest

  • Information management for the design and the fabrication of molded micro parts
  • Distributed Production/ Supply Networks


Professional Career


D.E.A. sciences économiques, Université Aix-Marseille III (F)


Graduated in Industrial Engineering (Dipl. Wi.-Ing.), Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

1995 - 1997

Junior Consultant, Aix en Provence (F)

1997 - 1998

Assistant of C.E.O., Interpane International, Luzern (CH)

1998 - 1999

Managing Director of Interpane Ile de France, Paris (F)

1999 - 2003

Researcher, Institute of Production Technology (wbk), Universität Karlsruhe (TH)


Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

2003 - 2005

Project Manager in Sales and Marketing, Stinnes AG, Berlin (D)

2005 - today

Managing Director of International Department GmbH der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and of HECTOR School of Engineering and Management

2006 - today

Managing Director of Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), Graduate School of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2012 - today Graduate Dean of the Helmholtz International Research School for Teratronics (HIRST) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)