Prof. D.Eng. Dr.-Ing. habil Hans Müller-Steinhagen is the Rector (i.e. president) of Technische Universität Dresden, one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Following a distinguished academic career in Canada, New Zealand and England, he became the Director of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Centre and Director of the Institute for Thermodynamics and Thermal Engineering of the University of Stuttgart from 2000-2010. In this capacity, he was leading 270 research staff working on topics related to heat and mass transfer, heat exchanger design and fouling, process thermodynamics, multi-phase flow, fuel cells, solar technology and energy systems analysis. Prof. Müller-Steinhagen has been the supervisor of 65 doctoral theses, author or co-author of more than 650 publications, and the recipient of numerous international awards and prizes. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Brno in the Czech Republic and in 2015 from Dankook University in South Korea. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of ACATECH, and a member of many supervisory and advisory boards. In 2014 Prof. Müller-Steinhagen was elected the “German University Manager of the Year”.