UA Ruhr New York Team

Gerhard SchembeckerGerhard Schembecker, Prof. Dr.
President and Treasurer
E-mail: schembecker [at] uaruhr [dot] org



Gerhard was appointed Professor for Plant and Process Design at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University in 2005. His research interests focus on the conceptual design and simulation of (bio)chemical processes with special interest in innovative downstream processes and on module based plant design. Gerhard has published over 30 reviewed papers and textbook chapters, is co-inventor of 3 patents and a member of various scientific organizations and advisory boards. He is the speaker of the North Rhine-Westphalian graduate cluster "Industrial Biotechnology". For more details, see Gerhard's page on the website of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University.

Barbara Schneider

Barbara Schneider, Dr.
UA Ruhr NY Coordinator
E-mail: schneider [at] uaruhr [dot] org


Barbara is the Director of the International Office at TU Dortmund University. Her responsibilities include the coordination of the New York office from the German side. Prior to joining the International Office, Barbara worked in the American Studies Department where she was involved in the orientation program for students from North America. She wrote her dissertation on international education focusing on student exchange between the United States and Germany. For more details, see Barbara's page on the website of the International Office at TU Dortmund University.

Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum
Executive Director
E-mail: rosenbaum [at] uaruhr [dot] org



Peter has been leading the New York office since 2014 and has supported and facilitated academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and a steadily growing network of partners in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining UA Ruhr, Peter was the Educational Liaison at the Goethe-Institut New York where he developed outreach and marketing strategies for positioning German programs in the US. Before that, he worked as lecturer for German Studies at Trinity College (CT). For more details, see his LinkedIn profile.
UA Ruhr New York Board Members

Albrecht EhlersAlbrecht Ehlers
Provost (Kanzler)
TU Dortmund University




Albrecht studied law and economy and earned his law degree in 1984. Until 1987, he was a research associate at FernUniversität Hagen and held several executive positions in private enterprises until 2009. Albrecht started his professional career 1987 as an assistant to the Executive Board of Directors of Glunz AG / Sonae SA. He gained experiences in various positions and also acquired an international perspective by working in the US. He was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors of Glunz AG in 1996 and served as the Board’s Deputy Chairman as of 1998. In 2000, he moved to Hochtief AG, Essen, to become member of the Executive Board of Directors until 2009. Albrecht was in charge of Global HR, Management of the Headquarters and the operative segments of Insurances as well as Facility and Energy Management. He became Chancellor of TU Dortmund University in 2010 and is also a member of several supervisory boards of private and public companies and organizations. 

Joann HalpernJoann Halpern, Dr.
Director, Hasso Plattner Institute New York




Joann is the director of the Hasso Plattner Institute in New York City and an adjunct professor of international education at New York University. Prior to joining the Hasso Plattner Institute, Joann was the director of the German Center for Research and Innovation. Beforehand, she was the director of academic affairs and senior studies and professor of international education at Global College of Long Island University, where she spearheaded the campus internationalization process, taught undergraduates, and revised the Global College curriculum. From 1996-2001 Joann was the director of international programs at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany where she taught undergraduates, created university exchange programs for students and professors, and developed dual degree programs in business administration and tourism management. She also co-founded Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries, an NGO with projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, Yemen, and Antigua. Joann serves on the advisory boards of the TU Dortmund University, German Accelerator, University Alliance Ruhr, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit, INet, and LIU Global. For more details, see Joann's LinkedIn profile. 

Ute Klammer

Ute Klammer, Prof. Dr.
Director, Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ)
University of Duisburg-Essen




Ute is Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Institute for Work, Skills and Training at the University of Duisburg-Essen. From 2008 – 2015 she was vice rector of Diversity Management and International Affairs at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Ute's main fields of interest and research are: social policy (pension systems, health care systems, family policy), labor market research, flexicurity, European and comparative social policy research as well as gender research. In addition to her numerous national and international research projects, she also acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe, for several political parties in Germany and for the German Trade Unions. Ute's list of publications contains more than 100 titles on different aspects of social security and social protection. From 2008-2012, she chaired the German family ministry’s first expert commission on gender equality; in 2016 she was appointed as a member of the Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat), the oldest advisory body to the legislative bodies and the Federal Government in Germany. For more information, see Ute's page on the university website.

Nils Metzler-NolteNils Metzler-Nolte, Prof. Dr.
Chair, Inorganic Chemistry
Ruhr University Bochum




Nils is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Ruhr University Bochum since 2006. His research interests in metal-based drugs and functional metal bioconjugates are at the interface of chemistry and biology. Nils served four years as Dean of the university-wide graduate school and was Vice President for Early Career Researchers and International Affairs at his university. He was Speaker of the DFG-funded Research Unit “Biological Function of Organometallic Compounds” and Council Member of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. He was Chair of the Gordon Research Conference “Metals in Medicine” in 2016, has published over 200 research papers and review articles, patented compounds and methods from his lab, and published three books. His work was recognized by several fellowships and awards; most recently he won the Julius von Haast award of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Nils serves on the international advisory board of a number of journals and is an Associate Editor for Dalton Transactions. For more details, see Nils’ homepage at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ruhr University Bochum.

Susanne Nienaber von TürkSusanne Nienaber von Türk
Attorney-at-law and Partner
Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP




Susanne, originally from Dortmund, is a partner with the New York law firm Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP. She represents international clients in cross-border corporate and commercial matters, including acquisitions and joint ventures. As outside general counsel to German companies and not-for-profit corporations in the United States, Susanne also provides general legal services, including employment law advice.  Susanne is a graduate of Hamburg University (Germany)  and Columbia University School of Law and admitted to practice law in New York and Hamburg, Germany. Susanne also worked as a research associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and Private International Law in Hamburg. For more details, see Susanne's LinkedIn profile.