Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Hajek


Helicopter Technology

Professor emeritus since October 2022

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Hajek (b. 1956) has been head of the EADS Chair of Helicopter Technology since its creation in March 2010. The three cornerstones of the Chair’s research are safety, environmental acceptance and efficiency. In engineering terms, the focus is placed on modeling aeromechanical phenomena, the dynamic behavior of helicopter subsystems and overall design optimization.

After studying mechanical engineering at TUM and completing his doctorate at TUM’s Chair B for Mechanics (1989), he became involved in helicopter development. From 1998 to 2006, he was responsible for Eurocopter Deutschland’s research & development activities. His research was centered on active noise reduction and optoelectronic helicopter flight control. In 2006, he joined Airbus and became one of its top executives, overseeing fuselage development among other things.

Halbe, O., Mehling, T., Vrdoljak, M., Hajek, M., “Synthesis and Piloted Evaluation of Advanced Rotorcraft Response-Types Using Robust Sliding Mode Control,” Journal of AHS American Helicopter Society, July 2021.


Platzer, S., Hajek, M., Rauleder, J., Mortimer, P., Sirohi, J.: "Investigation of the Flow Fields of Coaxial Stacked and Counter-Rotating Rotors Using PIV Measurements and URANS Simulations,” Vertical Flight Society 77th Annual Forum, Virtual, 2021.


Hosseini, B., Barth, A., Hajek, M., Holzapfel, F.: "Helicopter Parameter Estimation Based on A Nonlinear Physiks-Based Model,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum, Virtual Event, USA, 2021.


Mehling, T., Halbe, O., Vrdoljak, M., Hajek, M.: “Piloted Simulation of Helicopter Shipboard Recovery with Visual and Control Augmentation,” AIAA Science and Technology Forum, Virtual Event, USA, 2021.


Feil, R., Pflumm, T., Bortolotti, P., Morandini, M.: "A Cross-Sectional Aeroelastic Analysis and Structural Optimization Tool for Slender Composite Structures", 2020, Composite Structures. 253. 112755.