A focus of the department of aircraft design is research into pioneering aircraft configurations. The main focus here is on eco-efficient concepts in conjunction with alternative drive technologies, in particular electrically powered flying. The solar plane Icaré and the battery-powered aircraft e-Genius are particularly important for testing alternative drive and energy storage technologies; they both regularly set records. Prof. Strohmayer seeks to investigate new concepts and configurations for electrically-powered flight such as distributed drives and differentially-controlled flight.
The department also investigates unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as looking into fundamental analytical questions of aircraft design.
Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, has been the director of the department of aircraft design at the Institute of Aircraft Design, University of Stuttgart, since September 1, 2015. Born in Traunstein in 1968, he studied aerospace engineering at TU Munich, where he obtained his doctorate in 2002 on scenario methods in the preliminary design of transport aircraft. The dissertation won the Willy Messerschmitt Prize of the Messerschmitt Foundation.
He then moved to Grob Aerospace, where he was initially head of the aerospace division before becoming managing director in 2003, when he was involved in the development of several small aircraft types, also expanding the company from 55 to 480 staff. From 2009 to 2013 Strohmayer was program director with Sky Aircraft in Metz, France, and from 2013 to 2015 he was Vice President Organization & Programs with SST Flugtechnik GmbH in Memmingen.