HPI Director Christophe Menil has been elected as the new chairperson of Creating the Future of Mint.

HPI Hasso Plattner Institute

Potsdam (OTS)

Professor Christophe Menel was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at the general meeting of the national initiative “Creating the Future of Mint” on 9 May. Since 2008, the association has been committed to inspiring young people in MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology). A well-known computer scientist and digital education expert is the director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering in Potsdam. Dr. continues Thomas Sattleberger, who has served as Parliamentary Secretary of State for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since December 2021.

“Thirteen years after the establishment and management of the national initiative MINT Zukunft, I am very pleased that the presidency is now handed over to Professor Menil, who not only has excellent knowledge in the MINT field, but also represents digital education,” says Dr. Thomas Sattleberger, Parliamentary Secretary of State in the BMBF.

“With Professor Menil we have been able to acquire a committed personality who has already actively supported us in recent years, for example as host of our honor ceremonies in Brandenburg or as one of the panelists at our MINT conferences. It also comes from one of the core areas of MINT; “I”, as Says Harald Fisch, Managing Director of MINT Zukunft e.v.

“The current STEM Young Talent Barometer shows that in Germany we urgently need to intensify our efforts to attract young people to STEM subjects. The drop in the number of students in STEM subjects is worrisome and detrimental to Germany as a position and our innovation capacity. .so I look forward to this new assignment and an important challenge,” says Mennell.

Professor Christoph Menil (1954) is the Director and Managing Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI) and the founding Dean of the School of Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam. At HPI, he also heads the Department of Internet Technology and Systems. Meinel is a member of acatech, the German National Academy of Science and Technology, and a visiting professor at universities in Germany and abroad. He and his team developed the first European MOOC platform openHPI, managed the development of a school cloud funded by the Federal Research Ministry from 2017 to 2021, which is now in use in several federal states, and is the director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.

The activity of the Board of Directors of “Create MINT Future” is an honorary one. The Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly for a term of three years. The sponsor of the initiative was German Chancellor Olaf Schulz.

Short profile “Create the future of MINT”

National initiative “Creating the future of mint!” Focuses on getting students excited about STEM and motivating, promoting, and awarding STEM schools. To this end, the initiative places special emphasis on STEM profiles for schools in general and computer science and digitization profile in particular through the STEM Friendly and Digital School programs. Other Objectives of the National Initiative “Creating a Diffuse Future!” The increase in the number of first-year students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at universities in Germany, in particular the increase in the proportion of women, the protection and increase in the quality of graduates from training courses and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A brief overview of the Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany’s university center of excellence for digital engineering (https://hpi.de). With a Bachelor’s degree in “Information Technology Systems Engineering”, the joint Faculty of Digital Engineering of HPI and the University of Potsdam offers a unique and particularly practical engineering degree in Germany, which is currently used by about 700 students. In the five master’s programs “IT Systems Engineering”, “Digital Health”, “Data Engineering”, “Cyber ​​Security” and “Software Systems Engineering”, you can set your research priorities based on this. HPI always occupies top positions in the CHE university rankings. The HPI School for Design Thinking, Europe’s first innovation school for students based on the Stanford d.school model, offers 300 places of additional study each year. There are currently 22 professors and more than 50 guest professors, lecturers, and lecturers serving at HPI. It conducts excellent undergraduate research – in its IT departments, but also in the HPI Research School for PhD students with its research campuses in Cape Town, Irvine, Haifa and Nanjing. Teaching and research at HPI focus on the fundamentals and applications of large, highly complex, and networked IT systems. In addition, there is the development and research of user-oriented innovations for all areas of life.

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