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New Appointments to the University

On April 1, 2021, one professor and three junior professors were presidentially appointed to posts at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Prof. Dr. Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer has held the professorship of English and Digital Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities at Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1, 2021.

On April 1, 2021, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Charlotte Förster was appointed junior professor for European Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Philipp Kindt has held the junior professorship of Pervasive Computing Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science since April 1, 2021.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Arndt Leininger took over the junior professorship of Political Science Research Methods at the Faculty of Humanities.

The formal appointment by the President of Chemnitz University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, will be made up at a later date due to the current situation.

About Prof. Dr. Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer

Prof. Dr. Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer has held the professorship of English and Digital Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities at Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1, 2021.

Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer studied secondary education with a specialization in English and French at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her doctoral studies with a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, she became a research assistant at the University of Augsburg. In 2007, she received her doctorate with the dissertation topic "Consociation and Dissociation: An Empirical Study of Word-Family Integration in English and German." The dissertation was awarded the distinction "summa cum laude".

She then moved to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as a research assistant and lecturer for special tasks. There she wrote her habilitation thesis on "Determinants of English Compound Spelling" and received the title "Privatdozentin" in 2016. This was followed by a position as academic counselor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a deputy professorship, also at LMU, before she accepted the position at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Her research interests are very broad and include publications on the linguistic aspects of "Tintin" comic book adaptations, pronunciation training for future English teachers, the spelling of complex personal names, hybridity in language, and the extent to which language change might be predictable. Her ongoing research addresses, among other things, the linguistic means of translating Grimm's fairy tales into English, the generation of individual names for archaeological human finds, the text/image relationships in illustrated cooking recipes, and the optimal pronunciation of foreign-language street names in navigation systems.

The field of "digital humanities" has always played an important role in her research and teaching. In several collaborative projects, Sanchez-Stockhammer first developed a webtool for spelling English compounds, which provides assistance in deciding whether to spell them with spaces, hyphens, or as long words. A second webtool, "WordValue", allows many words to be searched for at once and marks them in color in the text according to their properties.

Her latest development, the VR quiz app "Bridge of Knowledge VR", will provide an exciting new way of studying for students at Chemnitz University of Technology.

Sanchez-Stockhammer is already looking forward to the interdisciplinary exchange with her colleagues at Chemnitz University of Technology.

About Jun.-Prof. Dr. Charlotte Förster

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Charlotte Förster has held the junior professorship of European Management at Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1, 2021. Most recently, she was leading postdoctoral researcher in a research project at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria).

Charlotte Förster studied International Business Studies at the Paderborn University and Business Administration at the TU Dresden. After her master's degree, she worked as a research associate at the TU Dresden. There she wrote her dissertation entitled "Leaders` Resilience: A theoretical and empirical analysis." In 2019, she received her doctorate. She then worked at the University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and Nursing Dresden and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz before being appointed to Chemnitz University of Technology.

Building on her previous research at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Förster will focus on (international) pandemic management. In this context, she is currently investigating the resilience of organizations, for example hospitals, which are particularly affected by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In more details, she focus on the ability to deal effectively with critical situations and crises and, in the best case, to grow through them. Within this project, she has already conducted more than 40 interviews in Germany, Israel, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and Taiwan. Further empirical studies are to follow, whereby she would not only like to focus on the role of the leader in organizational resilience but also on the institutional framework conditions in which hospitals are operating.

Since the current COVID-19 pandemic is particularly challenging our healthcare systems, Förster would like to derive not only theoretical implications for future research, but also develop application-oriented recommendations for action for future pandemic management.

About Jun.-Prof. Dr. Philipp Kindt

Jun.-Prof. Dr-Ing. Philipp Kindt took over the junior professorship of Pervasive Computing Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science as of April 1, 2021.

Philipp Kindt studied Electrical and Information Engineering in the diploma program at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). After his graduation, he took up a position as a research assistant at TUM. In 2019, he earned his doctorate with a dissertation on "Optimal Neighbor Discovery Protocols," which was awarded the overall grade "summa cum laude".

Philipp Kindt conducts research on low-power wireless communication protocols for the Internet of Things. In such networks, a large number of wireless devices that are not connected to the power grid communicate with each other. These devices power themselves using batteries or by "harvesting" energy from the environment. Since energy is a scarce resource that is not always available, most devices are active and thus ready to receive power only for very short periods of time. The goal is to minimize such wake-up periods ,while ensuring reliable wireless communications.

Building on his preliminary work at the Technical University of Munich, Philipp Kindt will continue his work on enabling wireless devices with battery runtimes in the order of months and years, as well as battery-free devices in the future. In addition, he will work on new applications of such technologies, for example in the health sector or in the field of "smart homes."

He is also working on the collection of environmental data by analyzing WLAN signals. For example, he is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Verona on using patterns in the attenuation of WLAN signals to detect whether people are in a room. This information can be used, for example, to switch off the lighting and air conditioning when a room is not in use.

About Jun.-Prof. Arndt Leininger, PhD

Jun.-Prof. Arndt Leininger, PhD has held the junior professorship of Political Science Research Methods at the Faculty of Philosophy at Chemnitz University of Technology since April 1, 2021. Most recently, he was a research associate at Freie Universität Berlin. Leininger studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He then worked as a parliamentary assistant in the German Bundestag, as research assistant at the Hertie School of Governance, and at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Leininger completed his dissertation on "Direct Demoracy and Representative Government" at the Hertie School of Governance. In 2017, he received his doctorate with the overall grade "summa cum laude." This was followed by another position as a research assistant at the Freie Universität Berlin before Leininger followed the call to Chemnitz University of Technology.

His research focuses on political sociology, comparative politics, and applied quantitative methods. Leininger’s research interests span, among other things, on political participation, direct democracy, youth and politics, and election forecasting. One methodological focus is on conducting innovative population surveys. One expression of this is a survey of 15- to 24-year-olds after the 2019 state elections in Brandenburg and Saxony, in which many young people in Chemnitz also participated. A follow-up survey for the 2021 federal election is in the works.

Matthias Fejes

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