Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt (*1965) studied metallurgy and materials at the University of Birmingham (UK) and received his PhD in 1995.
He started his career at Witzenmann GmbH (a German automotive supplier) as a project engineer. Going through the ranks, he was appointed Vice President R&D in 2006.
In 2011, he joined OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co KG, a specialist in precision engineering, as CTO, where he was responsible for technology, R&D, production and quality.
In 2017, he moved to Pforzheim University, where he is now scientific director of the Institute for Precious and Technology Metals (STI). In this position, he coordinates what is currently the largest recycling project under EU Horizon 2020, “SusMagPro” (2019-2023).
He is co-founder of two university spin-offs: MetShape GmbH focuses on additive manufacturing of precision components and HyProMag GmbH develops new methods for recycling permanent magnets. In both companies, he is a member of the management board.
Since 2021, he has been head of the Awareness Raising Task Force of the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) and since 2022, he has been convenor of the German standardization group NA 066-03-11 AA at DIN, which mirrors the work of ISO/TC 298 “Rare Earth”.