The honorary title "TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor" distinguishes leading international scientists who are working at other universities, advancing a scientific area, and developing long-term collaborations with their colleagues at the Technical University of Munich. The honorary title is conferred by the President upon resolution of the larger University Executive Board and the academic senate. TUM’s Distinguished Affiliated Professors are members of the faculties putting forth their nominations.
Leon Chua, professor for Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California in Berkeley, USA, is an outstanding scientist in the field of the theory of nonlinear circuits. He invented the memristor, which nowadays gains popularity again. Memristors could replace the currently common volatile memory and allow computers with much better energy efficiency, which are operational instantly after switch-on. Chua has been awarded with numerous prizes and is Visiting Fellow at the institute for Advanced Study of the TUM.
Eveline Gottzein is known as an expert for the position and orbit control of satellites and the control of load bearing and guidance systems for high-speed maglev trains. In 1993 she received, as the first woman ever, the "Werner-von-Siemens-Ring", 1998 the"‘Bayerischen Maximilliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst" and 2000 the "großes Bundesverdienstkreuz".
Eveline Gottzein received her PHD 1983 at the TUM. In 1996 she was announced honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart, in which she previously taught the lecture "Regelungsprobleme in der Raumfahrt".
Yoshihiko Nakamura, professor at the University of Tokyo, shows with his recent research on humanoid robotics, cognitive robotics and models of the human neuron-muscle system his integral view on the wide field of robotics. The robotics community is inspired by the visionary ideas of this creative scientist. Professor Nakamura is a precious partner of the TUM and an important advisor to the strategic research planning of the excellence cluster CoTeSys.