Jörg Blaurock appointed new Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI
As of 1 February 2016, Jörg Blaurock is the first joint Technical Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) in Darmstadt. Prior to this he has been working in international large-scale plant construction for over 20 years, overseeing full planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of large technical facilities worldwide. He is now changing from General Electric in Stuttgart to Darmstadt. In his role as Technical Managing Director, he is responsible for the construction of the FAIR facility as well as for the operation and further development of the existing accelerator facilities.
FAIR will be one of the largest and most complex accelerator facilities in the world. For FAIR engineers and scientists will expedite technological developments in many areas in international cooperation, for example in computer science or in superconductivity techniques. Approximately 3,000 scientists from all over the world will conduct cutting-edge research at FAIR. In unique experiments they will gain new basic insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe.
"FAIR is an international high-tech-project for research which will be realized in Darmstadt. For me it is an extraordinarily interesting task which I am looking forward to contributing to with my expertise in the realization of large scale plants," says Jörg Blaurock.
Jörg Blaurock, born in 1964, studied mechanical engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg during his career as an officer in the Bundeswehr, where he worked until 1994. He went on to work for large scale plant construction firms Uhde GmbH and Lurgi GmbH in the turnkey production of petrochemical industrial plants at various international locations. In 2007 he joined Alstom, today General Electric, where he worked in a number of positions – most recently for General Electric Deutschland GmbH in Stuttgart. There, as Managing Director he was responsible for the turnkey delivery of utility steam generators for electricity-generating fossil-fuel power stations.