Prof. Dr. Christoph Heinzelmann
Honorary Professor at TUM since 2013
Professor Heinzelmann studied civil engineering at TU Darmstadt. After receiving his doctorate at TU Darmstadt’s Institute of Waterway Engineering he completed a fast-stream graduate trainee program at the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV). This was followed by department head positions at the Waterways Construction Office in Aschaffenburg. He then joined what is now known as the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure where he spent the next eight years of his career in various positions, most recently as a section head. Since 2005 Professor Heinzelmann has been head of the German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute, the central superior federal authority responsible for the construction, upgrading, operation and maintenance of the federal waterways, headquartered in Karlsruhe. In his practice-oriented courses at TUM Professor Heinzelmann focuses on the construction, operation and maintenance of natural and man-made inland waterways with particular regard to the increasingly important economic and ecological aspects. Between 2002 and 2012 he carried out a teaching assignment at Ruhr University Bochum where he lectured on waterway engineering, as of 2008 as an honorary professor.
- Head of the German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (since 2005)
- Head of Waterways Management/Coast at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (2003-2005)
- Senior government official responsible for the environmental protection and hydrology of the waterways at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (1997-2003)
- Head of Waterway Extensions and Improvements at the Waterways Construction Office in Aschaffenburg (1994-1997)