Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Wenske was born in 1968, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Clausthal (1988-1994) with focus on high performance drives and power electronics. He received his PhD in 1999 at the Institut of Electrical Engineering at the TU Clausthal. He worked as project manager within the Pre-Development devision for forklift trucks at the STILL GmbH (2000-2004). Subsequently Prof. Dr. Wenske was in charge of the Department Power Electronics Development at Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems from 2005 to 2010. Since 2011 he has been deputy director of Fraunhofer IWES and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).