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Academic career

June 2008

Appointment as honorary professor at the Lausitz University of Applied Sciences (now BTU)

"Lightweight construction with fibre-reinforced plastics / composite plastics".


TU Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Institute for Polymer Materials and Plastics Technology

Doctorate "Concepts for the design of tubular CFRP-aluminium hybrid composites", Degree: "Very good".

1989 - 1995

TU Dresden, Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology Studied mechanical engineering, majoring in design engineering


Since 2009 - Steinbeis University
Freelancer with teaching assignment Manufacturing of Fibre Composites

Since 2006 - Vocational School Centre for Technology Radeberg
Freelancer with teaching assignment Production of fibre composites

Since 2004 - BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg 
Faculty 3; Department of Preparation of Basic Polymers - Composites, Lightweight Construction with Fibres
Composites, Lightweight Construction with Fibre Composites

Self-employed activity

2009 - Today  

Composite Consulting Prof. Ridzewski


Preparation of expertises for the use of plastics and composites, e.g. in the construction industry, in rail vehicle construction or wind energy


Preparation of expert opinions for insurance companies and courts


Since 2019    

Publicly appointed and sworn expert for the application and testing of reinforced thermosetting plastics



Patents and property rights

Method and apparatus for manufacturing multilayer tubular components; patent application DE 10398 820.0


Apparatus for mechanical material testing; patent application DE 10344 544.7

Professional career

1995 - Today

IMA Material Research and Application Technology GmbH, Dresden



Business Development Manager, Senior Principal Engineer

Head of certification body for building products according to LBO and head of certification body according to EN ISO/IEC 17065


until March 2015:

Head of Department Plastics with approx. 60 employees

Deputy Head of Materials Division


until 2010:

Head of laboratory for plastics testing


until 2007:

Head of the Plastics Technology Working Group

Deputy Head of the Plastics Department, Head of the Fibre Composites Testing Laboratory

Research and development in the field of fibre composites, organisation, management and implementation of technical seminars and training courses



1994 - 1995

Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Physics and Thin Films, Dresden

Membership in clubs or


since 2013       

VGB PowerTech e.V., Working Group "Application, Design and Quality Control of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics in Power Plant Construction".


since 2012       

92nd member of the "Academy of Central German Plastics Innovation


since 2012       

Board member Composites Unidted e.V. (formally Carbon Composites e.V.), Chairman of the Board Cluster CC Ost, Network CU Bau


since 2011       

Board member of the AVK Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe (Association of Reinforced Plastics)


since 2009       

Academic Club Lightweight Construction, Scientific Advisory Board TITK Rudolstadt


since 2007       

Member of the German Rotor Blade Alliance


since 2002       


Participation in committees and bodies

2004 - 2010  

Member of the examination board of the Dresden Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the training occupation "Process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology".


Since 2008       

Member of expert committees of the DIBt:


Plastics - A (400), GRP - B1 (400a), Plastics - B3 (400c)

Plastic tanks and pipes - A (438), tanks - B1 (438a), B2 (438b)

Sewer pipe - A


Prof. Dr.- Ing. 


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