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Curriculum vitae

About Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Christoph Meinel (Univ.-Prof., Dr.rer.nat., Dr.sc.nat., 1954) is one of the two founders of the fully digital German University of Digital Science.

From 2004 to 2023, he was executive director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI) at the University of Potsdam.

He is an emeritus full professor (C4) of computer science at the University of Potsdam and holds a chair in Internet Technologies and Systems at HPI. From 2017 to 2021, he was the founding dean of the Digital Engineering Faculty at the University of Potsdam.

He is a member of the Academy of Science and Engineering acatech, Member of the Board of Governors of the Technion and Chairman of the MINT Initiative “MINT Zukunft schaffen“. From 2007 to 23 he was program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Program.

Books, Studies, Papers

Christoph Meinel is the author or co-author of numerous books, anthologies, studies and scientific publications in numerous scientific conferences and journals.

Many years of research activity

In the course of his longstanding research activity in the field of Digital Science and Engineering, Christoph Meinel has achieved significant results and published in the areas of:  Complexity Theory РInternet and Web Technology РCybersecurity РArtificial Intelligence and Digital Education.

Teaching assignments

Christoph Meinel has held teaching positions at HU Berlin, TU Berlin, TU Beijing, HPI and the universities of Paderborn, Trier, Luxembourg, Dalian, Shanghai and Potsdam.

In the area of online education, Christoph Meinel has offered numerous MOOCs on the platform  openHPI.de with tens of thousands of learners on various digital education topics. Students from all over the world were able to follow numerous lectures, for example, via the HPI internet bridge and via the tele-TASK portal.

EduTech developments

With his teams, Christoph Meinel has developed numerous large IT systems in the area of digital education. These include first and foremost the first European MOOC platform openHPI.de and the learning management system ScalEd, which underlies other MOOC platforms such as openSAP.com, openWHO.org, KI-Campus and eGov-Campus, as well as the BMBF-commissioned and today distributed as dBildungscloud by Dataport, which is used in numerous German schools, especially in the states of Brandenburg, Thuringia, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.