As of July 1, 2017, Dr. Ana Santos Kühn (45) of Portugal will join the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Board of Management where she will serve as the new Vice President for "International Faculty Recruiting and Career Programs".
The future Vice President studied chemical engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon and then worked for three years in the research and development departments of chemical companies Akzo Nobel and Hoechst. After receiving her Doctorate at the TUM in 2000 in the field of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis Research on a Bavarian Research Foundation scholarship, she worked as a researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and at the TUM (as recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt grant). This was followed by management assignments on the executive board of her father’s family company in Lisbon.
In 2006 she returned to the TUM as Head of the Office of the President. She then took on leadership duties in the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) and the TUM International Center , where she made decisive contributions to the TUM internationalization strategy. In the course of the Excellence Initiative 2012 she advanced the restructuring of the former International Office into a center of international magnitude with a strong strategic components and a clear assignment profile. She has been Managing Director of the TUM-IAS since May 2015.
As a researcher Dr. Ana Santos Kühn has gained international experience in collaboration with institutes in Portugal, Italy, Hungary, China and the USA. The results of her work have been documented in 36 scientific publications and as contributions to several books. In her position as Vice President she will be in charge of international career programs (e.g. TUM Tenure Track Academy , TUM Global Postdoc ) and will supervise international faculty recruiting. In addition to her duties as Vice President she will remain Managing Director of the TUM-IAS.