Axel Munack

Personal data

Date of Birth: 24.06.1949
Place of Birth: Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German
E-Mail: axel.munack@t-online.de

School

  • 1955 - 1959 Primary school in Göttingen
  • 1959 - 1967 Felix-Klein-Gymnasium, Göttingen

Higher education

  • 01.10.1967 Registration at Technische Hochschule Hannover, Electrical Engineering
  • 01.04.1968 - 30.09.1969 Selective service
  • 16.04.1974 Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering (measurement and control)

Academic degree

  • 24.04.1980 Doktor-Ingenieur, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hannover

Practical training

  • 1967 Gebr. Ruhstrat, Lenglern, 13 weeks
  • 1971 / 1972 Fischer & Porter GmbH, G?ttingen, 15 weeks

Professional experience

  • 01.05.1974 - 30.06.1980 Research assistant, Institute of Automatic Control, University of Hannover
  • 01.07.1980 - 31.07.1985 Lecturer, same institute
  • 01.08.1985 - 08.11.1988 Professorship for Simulation Techniques, Department of Automatic Control and System Dynamics, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TU HH)
  • 03.10.1988 - 31.12.1999 Director of the Institute of Biosystems Engineering, Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL), Braunschweig
  • 23.10.1989 - 30.09.1990 Deputy Professorship for Control Engineering, TU HH
  • 01.01.1991 - 31.12.1992 Vice President of the FAL
  • 01.10.1991 - 30.04.2014 Professorship at the Department of Bioengineering, TU HH
  • 01.01.1995 - 31.12.1995 Vice President of the FAL
  • 01.01.1996 - 31.12.1997 President of the FAL
  • 01.01.1998 - 31.12.1998 Vice President of the FAL
  • 01.01.2000 - 31.12.2007 Director at the Institute of Technology and Biosystems Engineering of the FAL
  • 01.01.2007 - 31.12.2007 Vice President of the FAL
  • 01.01.2008 - 30.09.2014 Director at the Institute of Agricultural Technology of the Johann Heinrich von Th?nen Institute, Braunschweig

Professional membership and leadership

  • 1986 - 2010 Member of the Working Group "Measurement and Control in Biotechnology" of the DECHEMA Committee "Biotechnology"
  • 1989 - 2000 Member of the Working Party on "Measurement and Control" of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB)
  • 1990 - 2010 Member of the Technical Committee on "Automatic Control Applications in Agriculture", International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
  • 1991 - 1996 Chairman of the Technical Committee on "Control of Biotechnological Processes" of IFAC
  • since 1991 Member of the Club of Bologna
  • 1992 - 2005 German representative in the European Union Club of Advanced Engineering for Agriculture (EUCAEA), now European Network of Engineering for Agriculture and Environment (ENGAGE)
  • 1999 - 2001 Chairman of ENGAGE
  • 1999 - 2001 Vice President of the European Society of Agricultural Engineering (EurAgEng)
  • 1994 - 2001 Member of the Advisory Board of the Max Eyth Society of Agricultural Engineering within the VDI (German Society of Engineers) (VDI-MEG)
  • 1994 - 2001 Chairman of the Working Group on "Energetical and Environmental Engineering" of the VDI-MEG
  • 1994 - 2005 Member of the Steering Committee of the Coordinating Office for Environmental Engineering of the VDI (VDI-KUT)
  • 1996 - 2005 Member of the Advisory Board of the Commission of Clean Air Preservation (KRdL) of the VDI and DIN
  • 2001 / 2002 Incoming President of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR)
  • 2003 / 2004 President of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR)
  • 2005 / 2006 Past President of CIGR
  • 2005 - 2014 Member of the advisory board of the UFOP (Union zur F?rderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen; Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants)
  • 2005 - 2014 Chairman of the UFOP Technical Committee "Biofuels and Renewable Resources"
  • 2006 - 2014 German Representative in the IEA Bioenergy Task 39 "Liquid Biofuels"
  • since 2008 Member of the Technical Committee "Biofuels" of ProcessNet (DECHEMA / VDI-GVC)

Awards / Honours

  • 19.09.1975 Scholarship: Christian-Kuhlemann-Stipendium of the Hannoversche Hochschulgemeinschaft
  • 17.02.1997 Honorary Professorship at the Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 01.12.2000 Outstanding Contribution Awards for Contributions rendered to the XIV Memorial CIGR World Congress by CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) and JSAI (Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics)
  • 11.12.2002 CSM Outstanding Paper Award 2000/01 by the IEEE Control Systems Society. For the Paper "Mechatronic Systems, Communication, and Control in Precision Agriculture", by J. De Baerdemaeker, A. Munack, H. Ramon, and H. Speckmann, Control Systems Magazine, 21, pp. 48-70, 2001.
  • 06.09.2006 CIGR UNACOMA Prize, sponsored by the Italian Unione Construttori Macchine Agricole, "For extraordinary achievements in the development of agricultural machinery, energy and biomass engineering through CIGR activities, notably for outstanding work as editor-in-chief of the CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering"
  • 06.05.2008 Ehrenzeichen (Award of honour) of the German Association of Engineers (VDI)
  • Sept. 2008 Honorary President of CIGR

Affiliation until 09/2014

Institute of Agricultural Technology
Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
(Johann Heinrich von Th?nen-Institut)
Bundesallee 50, 38116 Braunschweig
Fon : +49-531-596-4201 ; Fax : +49-531-596-4299
E-mail : axel.munack@ti.bund.de