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Former heads of the institute




 Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Friedrich Engesser

  • Appointment at Karlsruhe University in 1885
  • Research and teaching in the field of construction engineering and structural design
  • Various publications in the following subject areas: characteristics of building materials, strength of materials and statics of building constructions, theory of earth pressure and foundations, steel structures, timber structures, concrete structures, hydraulic engineering and railway engineering



Friedrich Engesser

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Gaber

  • Appointment at Karlsruhe University in 1921
  • 1927: foundation of the Research Centre as an organizational unit, first mention of the Research Center for Steel, Timber and Masonry in the personnel directory at Karlsruhe University
  • Expansion of space and facilities
  • Self built testing equipment, capable of up to 300 tons (static) and 150 tons (dynamic)
  • Construction of the “Gaberturm”, a 5000 ton press
 Ernst Gaber

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.Sc.techn. h.c. Otto Steinhardt

  • Appointment at Karlsruhe University as professor for bridge construction and structural design in 1949
  • Reconstruction of the VA after WWII
  • Expansion of space and personnel at the VA
  • Inspection of companies
  • Building construction on behalf of the ministries for building works
  • Expansion of testing activities e.g. pressure vessels and pipelines
  • foundation of an independant department for timber structures and building construction


Otto Steinhardt

Prof. Tekn. Dr. hon. DSC Rolf Baehre

  • Appointment to the department of steel- and light metal structures at Karlsruhe University in 1978
  • Work place modernization
  • Test- rig modernization
  • Expansion of test activities, e.g. light metal structures
  • Certification of QM-Systems


Rolf Baehre

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Saal

  • Appointment to the department of steel- and light metal structures at Karlsruhe University in 1993
  • Work-place modernization
  • Test-rig modernization
  • Expansion of testing activities, e.g. tank structures, behavior under fire
  • Operation as testing, inspection and certification body · Accreditation as testing laboratory (DIN EN ISO 17025)
  • Expansion of operations to international activities
Ernst Gaber