Speakers 2020

Fabian Altenbrunn

Würth Elektronik eiSos

Simon Althoff


Babtiste Babeau

Würth Elektronik eiSos


Baptiste Babeau, holder of a technical degree and an engineering degree in Mechanical engineering, worked 3 years in the automotive industry for Valeo on the design of a new Start & Stop starter. He performed, among others missions, the functional analysis and the DFMEA of this product with the cutting edge requirements of the automotive industry. He joined Würth Elektronik in 2018 to manage at international scale the Wire To Board products portfolio and to be responsible for the DFMEAs of the Würth Elektronik connectors.

Armin Beck



1990-1995 Studied mechanical engineering / University of Stuttgart

1995-2000 Designer / machines and plants

2000-2006 Head of Engineering / Automotive Supplier / forming technology

2007-2010 BU-Manager / Special Machine Construction / plastic welding machines

2010-2015 Director Business Development / electromagnetic devices

since 2016 General Manager / Dynacast Germany / precision die casting

Thomas Brand

Analog Devices


Thomas Brand started working for Analog Devices in Munich in October 2015 as part of his master's thesis. From May 2016 to January 2017, he was part of a trainee program for field application engineers at Analog Devices, after which he moved to the role of field application engineer in February 2017 and has since then mainly been responsible for major industrial customers. He initially studied electrical engineering at the Duale Hochschule Mosbach before completing his postgraduate studies in international sales at the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung in Konstanz with a master's degree.

Oliver Brenscheidt

ON Metall


For more than 20 years Oliver Brenscheidt has been engaged in the electrochemical plating of technical layers such as tin, silver and gold. After studying chemistry and an apprenticeship as an electroplater, he worked for 15 years in his family-founded electroplating shop before becoming self-employed in 2016. Brenscheidt Galvanik Service offers analytical services, especially in failure analysis, develops new systems on behalf of the customer and conducts training courses. It has its own laboratory in which both testing and coating can be carried out. With the Internet project silberbird.de, Oliver Brenscheidt makes information available to coaters and their customers on the Internet. In addition to specialist essays, visitors can also profit from a podcast series in which the daily life of a coater is reported.

Stefan de Groot



Stefan de Groot started studying industrial engineering at the University of Paderborn in October 2010. After five years, he finished his studies as Master of Science and started working for the Direct Manufacturing Research Center in November 2015. The DMRC is an institute for additive manufacturing of the University of Paderborn, where Stefan de Groot was responsible for the laboratories and worked on scientific projects. Since August 2016, he is working at the Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, including the transition to the PROTIQ GmbH as independent subsidiary in December 2016, and acts there as project and technology manager for additive manufacturing.

Herbert Endres

Connector Consultants


Herbert Endres studied communications engineering at the TH Nuremberg after completing his apprenticeship as a radio and television technician. He started his career as a project and sales engineer at AEG in Nuremberg and changed in 1975 as a product manager for capacitors at the component division of AEG Telefunken. After further positions at TRW and Labinal Components & Systems, he went to Molex in Heilbronn in January 1994 as senior product manager for telecommunication connectors worldwide. Since July 2017, he is working as a freelance consultant for questions relating to the connectors under the ConConsult logo.

Dr. Alphonse Foyet



2019 - 2020: Associate Research Scientist
Interconnect solution / DuPont Electronics & Imaging

2018 - 2019: Associate Research Scientist
Interconnect Technology / Dow Electronic Materials

2010 - 2018: Senior R&D Chemist
Interconnect Technology / Dow Electronic Materials

2007 - 2010: Postdoctoral researcher in Material and interface chemistry
Eindhoven University of Technology / The Netherlands

2004 - 2007: PhD student in Applied Electrochemistry / Physical chemistry
Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg / Germany

2002 - 2004: Master of sciences / Electrochemistry
University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Thomas Frey



Sales Manager Gerweck GmbH Oberflächentechnik

- 1983 to 1987 study of chemistry in Mannheim

- 1988 to 2000 W. C. Heraeus GmbH in Hanau
Employee / Head of Electroplating Laboratory,
Support of electroplating department, research and development with patent applications

- 2001 to 2007 Heimerle + Meule GmbH in Pforzheim
Business Unit and Sales Manager
Sales of chemicals and devices for electroplating

- 2008 to 2010 Prym Inovan GmbH in Pforzheim
Business Unit Manager Surface Technology

- 2010 to 2020 IMO Oberflächentechnik GmbH
Sales Manager
Sales of coatings for the contact industry

- Since February 2020 Gerweck GmbH Oberflächentechnik
Sales Manager
Sales of coatings for the contact industry

Detlef Fritsch



Detlef Fritsch, born 1960, started his career as an officer in the German Bundeswehr and completed his university studies in electrical engineering. 1991 he started in the sales department of data communication technology. He grew up as sales manager at AEG Lichttechnik GmbH/ Philips and then assumed global responsibility for lighting solutions in the automotive industry as head of key account. Since 2016 he is responsible for the EMEIA division as Managing Director at WECO Contact GmbH.

Stefan Frömmrich



Stefan Frömmrich, Dipl. Ing. Graduate engineer Stefan Frömmrich studied mechanical engineering at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences. He wrote his graduate thesis in cooperation with ept GmbH covering the mechanical properties of printed circuit boards for press-fit technology. Stefan Frömmrich has been working as a design engineer in pre-development of PCB connectors at ept GmbH since April 2014. As a project manager he’s responsible for development and qualification of new connectors and processes and represents ept in several international committees.

Stephan Groß



For 29 years within the copper industry in various fields of activity (technical marketing, process engineering, quality and sales). After more than 28 years at Wieland-Werke AG, he has been working for Ningbo Powerway Alloy as Global Director Technical Marketing since 2020.

Dr. Michael Hilgner

TE Connectivity


After his diploma in electrical engineering with a focus on communications in 1997 and his Ph.D. in the field of numerical calculation of electromagnetic fields at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2000, Dr. Michael Hilgner headed the development of a signal integrity and circuit simulation software at the company CST in Darmstadt. In 2008 he joined NOKIA, where he worked as a specialist for Electromagnetic Compatibility in the development of mobile devices at the location in Ulm. From 2010 to 2015, at the VDE in Frankfurt, Germany, he was responsible for the technical management of standards in various areas and also represented the German National Committee in steering groups and strategy committees of the IEC and CENELEC. Since 2015 he has been coordinating the engagements in consortia and standardization of TE Connectivity’s business unit “Industrial”.

Jörg Hinze



Degree in electrical engineering, for more than 20 years at Murrelektronik GmbH in Oppenweiler with various tasks in the product development of fieldbus I/O modules

Main focus:
Hardware and software development, Advanced development in automation technology, Technical leadership and project management in the product development of automation components and functionally safe fieldbus I/O modules

Andreas Huhmann



Andreas Huhmann studied physics and works as the strategy consultant for the HARTING Stiftung & Co.KG. As a board member of the manufacturer-independent technology initiative SmartFactoryKL e.V., he is involved in the implementation of Industry 4.0. In particular, the importance of intelligent connectivity for the modularization of production plants is a focus of his strategic work and the content of numerous publications and lectures.

Dr. Helmut Katzier

Ingenieurbüro Katzier


Dr. Helmut Katzier studied communications engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and theoretical electrical engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. Afterwards he was a research assistant at the Institute of Theoretical Electrical Engineering there for five years. After his doctorate, Dr. Katzier worked for Siemens AG in the Public Networks division. From 1 July 2006 to 29 February 2012, he worked for TietoEnator Deutschland GmbH and Tieto Embedded Systems GmbH. Since 1 March 2012 he has been working independently in the area of development, consulting and training. His diverse fields of activity include, among others, packaging and interconnection technology, especially in the areas of printed circuit boards, connectors and high-speed transmission technology. At the Technical Academy Esslingen, he leads the seminars connector technology, PCB technology, cables and wires, high-speed design of electronic assemblies and systems as well as the seminar EMC-compatible board and system design. He is also a speaker in the seminar Design of High-Frequency Circuits.

Tim Kindermann

Phoenix Contact


Tim Kindermann is been working at Phoenix Contact since 2010 and responsible for copper-based data connectors since 2014 as a product manager in the Business Unit of Field Device Connectors. In this area, he is responsible for RJ45 Jack modules, Patch Panels and connectors for future Single Pair Ethernet applications.

Markus Klingenberg


Holger Krumme



Studies in Electrical Engineering (communications engineering) at TU Dortmund University,

1994 to 2001: Co. for hardware and software development of microcontroller circuits and quality management,

since 2001: Technical Director of the test house HTV-GmbH in Bensheim as Managing Director –Technical Operations

Dr. Joachim Lapsien

CETA Testsysteme


Dr. Joachim Lapsien studied physics at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf with a focus on laser and plasma physics. He received his doctorate in the field of optical metrology. Since 2003 he has been working for CETA Testsysteme GmbH, Hilden, in the field of industrial leak and flow testing. He heads the sales department and is head of the DAkkS calibration laboratory. Dr. Lapsien is a regular speaker on industrial leak and flow testing with presentations (lectures, posters, workshops) at national and international conferences (e.g. AMA Conference, World Conference of Non-Destructive Testing, DGzfP technical seminars on leak testing, connector congress, Innosecure, Cooling Days). He has also published various articles in relevant technical journals and books.

Constantin Le Marquis

Würth Elektronik eiSoS

Tobias Leininger

TE Connectivity


Master degree in produt developement graduated at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Working at TE Connectivity, Darmstadt and in the connector business since 2015. Spezialized in the developement and industrialization of field installable connectors for the industrial communication market.

Dr. Andreas Lock



After PhD in Solid State Physics (MPI für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen, Germany) Mr. Lock joined the sensor development center of Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen. Mr. Lock held several positions in sensor development, electronics manufacturing, and ECU development and joined a JV with Hyundai Motors in Korea as head of the KEFICO Engineering & Technology Institute (KETI) for engine management ECUs. From 2011 till 2015 he was responsible for the innovation and technology management at Automotive Electronics division where he built up an innovation lab and introduced a technology management framework. Since 2016 he joined a corporate technology department as head for the Systems Engineering for E/E architectures and change end of 2018 to powertrains solutions for his current position as head of development for E7E architecture and Software Excellence.

Dr. Michael Ludwig

TE Connectivity Germany



Verena Neuhaus

Phoenix Contact


Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Verena Neuhaus arbeitet seit 2006 bei Phoenix Contact und ist seit 2013 verantwortlich für das Produktmanagement für Datensteckverbinder. In diesem Bereich verantwortet sie Steckverbinder, Patchkabel und Infrastrukturkomponenten für die Datenkommunikation im Bereich der Kupfer- und LWL-Verkabelung.

Stephan-Johannes Paul

SJP Consulting


Managing director and owner of a cable assembly company with more than 50 years of professional experience. After retirement and transfer of the company, he has been managing director of a consulting company for several years. Occupation: Telecommunications mechanic, studied communications engineering, worked for international standardization of crimp connections. Master trainer for international qualification of crimp connections according to IPC/WHMA-A-620. Author and trainer for courses of a documentation about the practice of cable assembly.

Dr. Leander Reinert



In his position as Managing Director of SurFunction GmbH, Dr. Reinert is the head of a company founded in 2020, which has set itself the goal of tailoring the surface properties of industrial products through automated laser treatment (the so-called Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) technology). In his previous, long-time function as group leader "Surface Engineering" at the Steinbeis Research Center "Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)", he accompanied the technology transfer of the DLIP technology now used in SurFunction from the laboratory to industrial application. In 2018 he received his PhD with excellence at the Chair of Functional Materials at Saarland University in the field of novel laser structuring and carbon nanoparticle coatings and successfully completed his studies in the field of materials science in 2013.

Kristin Rinortner



Verantwortliche Redakteurin Anwenderkongress Steckverbinder - ELEKTRONIKPRAXIS (Vogel Business Media)

Thomas Robok

Würth Elektronik eiSos



Bernd Roelfs



1996 PhD at the Free University of Berlin in Physical Chemistry

Since 1996 working for Atotech Deutschland GmbH in various positions:

2000 R&D Manager for electrolytic deposition processes in fro electronics

2012 Product Manager for semiconductor

2019 Business Development Manager for semiconductors, leadframes and connectors

Dr. Helge Schmidt

TE Connectivity


12/2010 –: Leiter der Abteilung „Advanced Development of Terminals und Connectors“ (Vorausentwicklung) in der Businessunit Automotive weltweit bei TE Connectivity Germany GmbH, Arbeitsplatz in Bensheim und Speyer.

01/2007 – 11/2010: Leiter der Abteilung „Advanced Technology, Terminals und Connectors“ in der Entwicklung Automotive Europa bei Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH, Bensheim.

12/1999 – 12/2006: Leiter im Technologie-Marketing Bereich Automatisierungstechnik/Industrieelektronik bei Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH, Speyer

10/1996 – 11/1999: Leiter der Forschung und Vorfeldentwicklung (Advanced Technology) im Siemens Geschäftsbereich Elektromechanische Bauelemente (EC), Connectors und Sensors, Speyer.

11/1990 – 09/1996: Leitung verschiedener Fertigungsbereiche wie Galvanik, Handmontagelinien, Relaisfertigung, Stanzerei, Kunststoffspritzerei und Steckverbindermontage bei der Siemens AG EC in Speyer, mit Personalverantwortung bis zu 220 Mitarbeitern.

02/1988 – 09/1990: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am „technologischen Zentrum für Oberflächenbehandlungsverfahren Leipzig“, Betriebsdelegierter an der TH-Ilmenau, mit Forschungsarbeiten zur computergestützten Überwachung saurer Kupferelektrolyte und Beizen.

01/1984 - 01/1988: Assistent an der TH- Ilmenau, Sektion Elektrotechnik, Bereich Elektrochemie und Galvanotechnik. Forschungen zur mikrorechnergestützten Erfassung der Grundbestandteile saurer Kupferelektrolyte, Erlangen der Dissertation 6/1988.

09/1979 – 12/1983: Studium der Elektrotechnik mit Vertiefungsrichtung Elektrochemie und Galvanotechnik an der TH-Ilmenau zum Abschluss als Diplomingenieur.

Nicolas Schreibmüller

ZF Friedrichshafen


Born: 30.05.1984
Motorcar mechanic

HTWG Konstanz

Mechanical engineering

Design and development

Specialization in automotive engineering and piston engines

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Corporate Research & Development

Innovation & Technology

Mechatronic Integration & Packaging

2012-2015 Development of Sensors

2015 - Packaging


Basic projects in packaging and interconnection technology

Thomas Schriefer

Fraunhofer IISB


Study of mechanical and industrial engineeering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since 2014 PhD candidate at the Fraunhofer Institute of Intergrated Systems and Device Technology, supervised by the chair of Electron Devices in Erlangen. The focus of research is on the vibration resistance of electrical components at spectral input load.

Simon Seereiner



After studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld (Germany) and the Université de Metz in France with a focus on mechanics and structural analysis, Simon Seereiner began his career in 1998 at Harting in the field of printed circuit board connector development. Within the Harting Technology Group, Mr. Seereiner went through various departments, most recently as market manager responsible for the area of industrial communication. Since 2005, Simon Seereiner has been the Portfolio Manager for Passive Ethernet and Sensor & Actuator Interfaces at Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG. The focus of his activities is the global expansion of the portfolio for passive industrial networking products. Mr. Seereiner has been actively involved in various national and international committees for connector standardization.

Carsten Stange

Langer EMV-Technik


Carsten Stange, Dipl. Ing. Graduate engineer Carsten Stange successfully completed his electrical engineering degree at the technical university in Dresden. Since 2008, he’s been a design engineer at Langer EMV-Technik GmbH as part of research and development in the field of electro magnetic tolerance. He focuses on near field scanning of assemblies and switching circuits, the implementation of susceptibility tests as well as device development and the qualification of connectors.

Ciprian Stein



Ciprian Stein * October 17, 1983

- Qualification as mechatronics engineer with subsequent further training as state-certified technician specializing in development and construction

- Employed at OptiMel since 2012 - initially as designer, now as project manager and in technical sales

Wolfgang B. Thörner



After obtaining a boarding school leaving certificate, Wolfgang B. Thörner completed his studies as a Wholesale and Export Merchant. He spent 8 years working as a buyer and then 5 years as assistant to the Purchasing Director with the automobile manufacturer Karmann in Osnabrück. This is where he gained his extensive technical knowledge. At the same time, he also completed a second college degree as an Industrial Clerk and student of Business Management (FH) and obtained a certificate qualifying him for entry to a specialist university. But before he was able to take up his university studies in Psychology, his electrotechnical hobby enabled him to develop a connector, purely by chance. This soon led to his first patent and then to the founding of WBT-Industrie GmbH in 1985.

Thomas Tzscheetzsch

Analog Devices


Thomas Tzscheetzsch has been working at Analog Devices as a Staff Field Applications Engineer since 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was responsible for the regional customer support, since 2012 he has worked intensively in a key account team on a smaller customer base. After the reorganization, he leads a team of FAEs in the IHC cluster as Senior FAE Manager.

Wijnard van Gils

TE Connectivity


Wijnand van Gils MSc studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands with as specialization electromagnetics. In 2007 he started as antenna engineer at TE Connectivity in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. He designed integrated antennas for among others mobile phones, routers and cars. Later on the focus shifted to signal integrity in connector designs. Since 2016 he works for TE Connectivity as principal R&D engineer on connector developments for Ethernet applications used in industrial environments.

Frank Welzel

SPE Industrial Partner Network

Andreas Wortmann

Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid


Andreas Wortmann studied production engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen, Iserlohn, and has been working at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid since the beginning of 2011. In his field of activity, he deals with the topics of "media-tight overmoulding" and the testing of components with regard to their tightness (IP tests, differential pressure measurement, etc.).

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