Dr.-Ing. Bernd Wetzel, born 28 October 1971 in Heidelberg, has studied mechanical engineering with major focus on materials, damage theory and energy systems at the University of Karlsruhe. After conducting his Diploma Thesis at the California Institute of Technology, USA, he graduated in 1999.
From 2000 to 2006 he worked as scientific assistant to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Friedrich at the Institute of Composite Materials in Kaiserslautern.
After finalizing his dissertation on "Mechanical properties of ceramic nanoparticle reinforced epoxy nanocomposites" and receiving his doctorate degree from the University of Kaiserslautern in 2006, he took a Postdoc position as Representative Group Leader of the BMBF Young Researcher Group ”Nanoparticle reinforced high performance polymers: Technological performance and economical manufacturing techniques“ at IVW.
In 1999 he joined SchäferRolls in Renningen, Germany, as the Head of Composites Research and Development and Product Line where he developed calender roll covers.
In 2012 he responded a call as the Research Director Materials Scienceof the Institute of Composite Materials. Since then he manages the competence field "Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials", and from 2012 to 2017he was also head of the competence field "Tribology" from 2012 to 2017.
He is married and has 1 child.