The appointment of Nicole Wermuth, who is based at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Sustainable Propulsion Systems at Graz University of Technology, means that a proven expert has been recruited for this position.

A central aspect of the professorship will also be close cooperation with the LEC and its further scientific development. Nicole Wermuth took over the scientific leadership of the centre at the beginning of June 2024.

The position will initially be funded as an early professorship for three and a half years by the partners LEC, INNIO Jenbacher, AVL List, Bosch, Miba Gleitlager Austria, KS Engineers and Geislinger, in order to ensure a smooth transition from Andreas Wimmer to his successor.


The LEC team congratulates Nicole Wermuth on her successful appointment as university professor and expresses its gratitude to TU Graz and the representatives of the Austrian large engine industry for their great interest in the further development of large engine research and their financial support.

This lays an important foundation for the training of young industrial talent and for joint research into climate-neutral large engines.


Click here for the press release from TU Graz – many thanks to Philipp Jarcke for the excellent cooperation:


Photo credits:

Portrait: Nicole Wermuth, Professor for “High-performance Large Engine Systems” at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Sustainable Propulsion Systems at TU Graz. Image source: Jorj Konstantinov (c) LEC/TU Graz

Team photo: From left. : Wolfram Rossegger (Managing Director KS Engineers), Jörg Fettes (Senior Vice President Business Unit Large Engines at Bosch), Stephan Laiminger (Chief Technologist at Innio), Thomas Jauk (CEO of the LEC), Horst Bischof (Rector of TU Graz), Nicole Wermuth (TU Graz Professor/Scientific Director of the LEC), Andreas Wimmer (TU Graz professor/co-founder of the LEC), Theodor Sams (Head of Research & Development Powertrain Engineering at AVL List), Falk Nickel (Head of Technology Competence Centre at Miba Bearing Group), Torsten Philipp (Managing Director of Geislinger GmbH) and Franz Haas (Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economics at TU Graz). Image source: Jorj Konstantinov (c) LEC/TU Graz