Friday, December 16, 2016

The NIT mourns its founder

NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management mourns Prof. Hauke Trinks, former TUHH president and founder of NIT. He died at the age of 73 on Utsira in Norway. Trinks made a lasting impact on the University of Technology and provided new impetus with establishment of the Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg (today: NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management). Early in the nineties he recognized the pronounced global competitive pressure in the sphere of academic training. The awareness that internationalization and modern forms of learning and instruction should be a part of specialized technical and scientific education inspired him to found NIT.

Trinks described his vision in the year 1998: "The performance-minded and committed young people trained at NIT in cooperation with TUHH will take leading positions in many countries throughout the entire world in the course of their subsequent professional careers and, to a certain extent, become Hamburg's ambassadors."At the same time Hauke Trinks understood how to cultivate a public image for TUHH. He sought broad support from policymakers and industry and thus moved Hamburg's University of Technology into the focus of wide social circles. Not least of all because of the successful establishment of NIT in the year 1998 did he prove that he was also capable of transforming his visions into an institutional structure. He was driven by a constant will to shape, virtually inexhaustible inventiveness and a clear understanding of effective management.

Professor Otto von Estorff, Präsident des NIT: "With his energy and strong will, Hauke Trinks has persuaded his colleagues of the NIT. We are not only losing our founder, but also a pioneer, a cherished colleague and good friend. With his commitment, his sincerity, and his self-discipline, he will always be a role model for us and our students. We will miss Hauke Trinks and his impulses for the NIT."

"We mourn our founding father Hauke Trinks," says NIT managing director Verena Fritzsche. "Trinks founded NIT with the vision of bringing together the best engineers from all over the world to the TUHH campus and providing them with management know-how. We are proud to live and continue this vision to this day. Hauke Trinks will always be a part of NIT."

Prof. Garabed Antranikian, president of TUHH, paid tribute to the deceased: "TUHH will honor the memory of its former president and professor Hauke Trinks. With him we have lost a visionary, intimated friend and close advisor who influenced the positive development of TUHH from its establishment and into the new millennium like no one else. For generations of students and today's engineers he is regarded as a role model in his manner, discipline, tenacity and the inquisitiveness of a discoverer in putting it all together."

About Hauke Trinks

Hauke Trinks was born in Berlin in 1943. From 1950 to 1958 he lived with his parents in Sweden. From 1964 to 1969 he studied physics at the University of Bonn. After completing his studies Trinks became project manager at the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France, before he attained a doctorate degree at the University of Freiburg in 1972. As of 1974 he taught as a professor of metrology at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, before he began as head of the Institute for Metrology at the University of Technology in 1982. Between 1988 and 1989 he was vice-president of TUHH. From 1990 to 1993 he successfully developed the faculty for electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Tromsö in Norway. Immediately after his return from Norway he was elected as the second president of TUHH in 1993, following the founding presidency of Hans Günter Danielmeyer and the first presidency of Heinrich Mecking. In 1998 he founded NIT on the campus of TUHH in close cooperation with the Körber Foundation.

Among other things, Hauke Trinks was a member of the founding senate of Hamburg-Harburg University of Technology, spokesman of a research priority, a member of study commissions and dean. In terms of research he was concerned with satellite technology, environmental metrology and electromagnetic compatibility. He was a passionate sailor with a pronounced affinity for adventure. Thus after his presidency he combined his love for basic research with spending the winter in the ice at Spitzbergen. Although he lived on the island of Utsira in Norway, he continued to remain in close contact with his German homeland.

Image: Hauke Trinks ©ullstein bild - Thumser

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