Dr. Benedikt Welp came to Fraunhofer FHR from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in March 2013. After writing his master thesis in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology with Professor Nils Pohl, he received the offer from Wachtberg to set up a new team for chip design in Prof. Pohl's former department (now ISS Department). »When I began working here, the complete infrastructure of the new team had to be set up, as I was the first member of this team. We also had to develop chips for our partners in industry – from obtaining the right software to setting up the labs with chip measuring technology all the way to the development of the first SiGe chips designed at Fraunhofer FHR,« says Dr. Benedikt Welp.
The 31-year old has had the idea of doing his doctorate for quite some time. After having worked on several projects with industry customers and on public research projects, his thesis' focus on the area of broadband signal generation with high output power for FMCW radar systems started to become apparent. This is how he found his dissertation subject titled »System concept and circuit for broadband MIMO FMCW radar systems up to 60 GHs in modern SiGe bipolar technologies«.
His thesis focused on research for projects in the field of high frequency and radar techniques and within the scope of the Federal Aviation Research Program (LuFo) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. »In addition to project work for customers, it was especially my boss and doctoral supervisor who made it possible for me to work on my dissertation independently. Strong intrinsic motivation and the ability to work independently surely don't do any harm to set out to earn one's doctorate. All the while, the chip design team, Dr. Dirk Nüßler and Prof. Pohl as my bosses, always had an open ear for questions and new ideas I wanted to try. The institute opened up many opportunities for me, I was able to publish articles and had the chance to participate in international conventions, for example in Hawaii, and to exchange knowledge with experts from around the world. This was extremely attractive for me as a scientist. I'm also particularly happy that my research work has led to new projects, customers, and applications,« says Dr. Benedikt Welp to sum up the doctorate he completed in January 2019.