Association of German Engineers
VDI President: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer
VDI Executive Director: Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing. Ralph Appel
Dipl.-Ing. Dirk F. Franzen, MBA
Phone: +49 211 6214-415
VDI The Association of German Engineers
The Association of German Engineers (VDI) represents about 150.000 engineers and natural scientists in Germany and abroad.
Established since 1856 as a financially and politically unaffiliated non-profit organization, the VDI has become today one of the largest engineering associations in Europe. In Germany, it has long been recognized as the voice of engineers both within the profession as well as in the public arena.
Throughout the years, the Association of German Engineers has successfully expanded its activities committing itself to strongly support and bring knowledge to all those interested on technology and technical issues. Thus, throughout its different projects and initiatives, the VDI is today not only a platform for professional engineers but also for undergraduates, scholars and kids.
Via its internal divisions and its regional and international chapters, the VDI offers a unique network platform. Members benefit from training, technical knowledge, career support as well as many other services which effectively support them throughout the different stages of their career paths as engineers and/or as natural scientist.
VDI expertise lies in the technological and scientific fields. Work is carried out within 12 VDI Societies and their respective Technical Divisions, supported by over 10.000 voluntary members.
The balanced interdisciplinary composition of both engineers and experts from non-technical professions representing science, industry and administration ensures generally accepted as well as reliable high quality results. One example is the well-known VDI Guidelines, constantly updated by single technical divisions. In addition, more than 20.000 experts take part in 100 national and international yearly congresses organized by the VDI Societies and the Centre for Advanced Training.
VDI Society for Energy and Environment (VDI GEU)
Energy and environment are the dominant issues of our time. Not least, our future way of life depends on these crucial issues. Therefore substantiated recommendations must be given, including technical and scientific knowledge. Only matter-of-fact and well harmonised decisions protect and create assets and solid fundaments for the future.
The technical work is done in four technical divisions. The technical divisions are called: “Management and Safety”, “Resource Management”, “Energy Conversion and Application” and “Strategic Energy and Environmental Tasks”. Each of the mentioned technical divisions consists of technical committees and standard committees. These bodies are a platform for networking and information exchange as well to generate VDI Guidelines. The VDI GEU is in charge of more than 18,000 engineers and scientists in their capacity as environmental and energy experts or occupational safety specialists. In addition, the VDI Society for Energy and Environment is in charge of VDI members interested in the fields of air pollution prevention and noise reduction.
All activities of the VDI GEU are controlled by the Executive and Advisory Board. These two bodies are composed of honorary experts from industry, science and public administration. They ensure both the important relation to operational practice as well as direct access to the latest developments and research results in energy and environmental technology.