About me

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
Albert Einstein



First of all I am married since more than 30 years and we are proud of our four children. 

I describe myself as a Systemic Thinker.

Based on my knowledge, experience, skills and mental models, I try to understand systems of interest around me with the objective to improve and to find better solutions for the future.

The combination of analytical and synthetical thinking skills, called 'Systemic Thinking', is my preferred way to get deeper insights.

Due to healthy problems I had to give up my professional career earlier as originally planned.




Education

  • Diplom Ingenieur in Electrical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven, Germany


Professional Experience

  • Co-operation partner, TOC-Institute, Heppenheim, Germany 
  • Plant Manager, Transtechnik, Buechlberg, Germany 
  • Management Engineer, self-employed, Bad Muender, Germany 
  • European Innovation Manager, Royal Philips Electronics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands 
  • Innovation-To-Market Manager, Philips AEG Licht, Springe, Germany 
  • Head of Product Development & Lighting Technology Hoffmeister Leuchten, Luedenscheid, Germany



Former functions in associations

  • Chairman of standardisation committee “FNL14”, DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung), Germany
  • Chairman of technical working group “12.1 Indoor Lighting”, ZVEI (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.), Germany
  • Representative of ZVEI at advisory board, FNL-Beirat of DIN, Germany
  • Member of CEN TC169 Working Group 7 “Photometrical Measurements”



Certifications / Qualifications

  • TOCICO (Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization) certified in Thinking Processes , US
  • Certified in Model Thinking, University of Michigan, US
  • Intensive Business Management Training, University of Hagen, DE
  • Certified EFQM Assessor, The Frits Philips Institute For Quality Management, Eindhoven, NL
  • Certified System Architect(ing), Philips Research - Centre for Technical Training, Eindhoven, NL
  • Certified in Systems Thinking by Mr. Gene Bellinger, Udemy, US
  • Intensive training on Product Platforms and Modularization, Philips CFT, Eindhoven, NL
  • Intensive training on MEDIC (Six Sigma), Philips Lighting, Eindhoven, NL
  • Certified Laser Technologist, LZH Laser-Zentrum-Hannover, DE
  • Creativity, Innovation and Change, Pennsylvania State University, US
  • Critical Thinking in Global Challenges, Certificate, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Operations Management, Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, US
  • Supply Chain Management, KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KS
  • The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World, Certificate, UC Irvine, US
  • Introduction to Complexity, Certificate, Santa Fe Institute, US
  • Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Certificate, Santa Fe Institute, US
  • Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches, Certificate, Santa Fe Institute, US
  • Plus several additional courses, tutorials, webinars, conferences, etc.


Research work


  • Commercial and Technical Project Manager for MUSKIM at Transtechnik, Buechlberg/Holzkirchen, Germany
  • Optimisation of Glass Cutting Processes with Laser at LZH Laser-Zentrum-Hannover, Germany
  • Visual Beam characterisation as the base for a DIN standard; research done at Hoffmeister Leuchten, Luedenscheid, Germany


Patents


  • Kanz, Juergen (DE); Schwengler, Sigurd (DE)
    European Patent EP000001291578A3
    Luminaire
    PHILIPS CORP INTELLECTUAL PTY, DE ; KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV, NL
  • Kanz, Juergen (DE); Schwengler, Sigurd (DE)
    DE000010143998A1

    Leuchte

    Philips Corporate Intellectual Property GmbH, Hamburg
  • DE202007001346U1
    Einrichtung zum durchtrennenden Bearbeiten von Bauteilen aus sprödbrüchigem Material
    H2B Photonics GmbH, Garbsen