Since December 2017, Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Sophia Keil has been Professor of Business Administration, in particular Production Management and Logistics at Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences. From December 2018 until the beginning of May 2020, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Engineering. Since March 2020, she has been Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs at Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences.
A native of the Baltic Sea island of Rügen, she studied business administration at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences. In 2005-2006, she completed a part-time doctoral program at the Technical University of Dresden. During her professional development at the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, at the Chair of Business Administration, especially Logistics, at the Technical University of Dresden, at the Dresden International University (DIU) as well as at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, she was able to acquire comprehensive technical, experience and leadership knowledge in the areas of business process, production, supply chain and logistics optimization. In 2011, she was awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the Technical University of Dresden with a thesis on "Flow-oriented design of production systems using the example of semiconductor factories". In 2015, she received an appointment as professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute Albany (NY, USA), which she did not accept.
Her research focuses on developing approaches for shaping the digital transformation of business and society, developing innovative teaching/learning methods and educational formats for people of all generations, and developing methods for effective and efficient design of production systems and supply chains.
Currently, she is active in the two European high-tech research projects "Power to Power" and "Integrated Development 4.0". She is also head of the BMBF research project "Europe Open Academy" ("EurOpA"), which is part of the major structural change project and alliance "Lausitz - Life and Technology". The aim of this project is to design and establish a further education academy in Upper Lusatia. She is a member of the program committees of the Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) and the European Advanced Process Control and Manufacturing Conference (apcm) and author of more than 30 publications.
Prof. Raj Kollmorgen was born in Leipzig. Between 1985 and 1990, he studied philosophy, social sciences and economics in Berlin and subsequently worked as a staff member, lecturer and professor at various academic institutions, including the universities of Jena, Magdeburg and Toronto (Canada).
In spring 2013, he was appointed Professor of Social Change Management at the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. From 2014 to 2020, he was course representative for the Master's program "Management of Social Change" at the Faculty of Social Sciences and from 2016 to 2020, he was director of the Institute for Transformation, Housing and Social Spatial Development (TRAWOS); since then, he has been its deputy director.
Prof. Kollmorgen focuses on comparative transformation research, on East Germany and German unification, and conducts research on socio-ecological change, innovative regional development, elites, and political populism and radicalism. He has published widely on these topics, most recently, for example, the "Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation" (co-edited with Wolfgang Merkel and Hans-Jürgen Wagener by Oxford University Press 2019); "Die neue Mitte? Ideology and Practice of the Populist and Extreme Right (Schriften des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums 14)" (co-edited with Johannes Schütz and Steven Schäller with Böhlau 2021); or "Deutschland ist eins: vieles. Bilanz und Perspektiven von Vereinigung und Transformation" (co-edited with Judith Enders and Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk at Campus Verlag 2021).
Ongoing third-party funded projects for which Prof. Kollmorgen is responsible include the joint project "Engagement Constellations in Rural Areas - an East-West Comparison (ENKOR)" (2021-2024, together with the University of Göttingen and the Thünen Institute Bollewick, funded by the BMEL) or the research project "Perspectives for Sustainable Development of Lignite Regions in Structural Change" (2019-2022, together with the Wuppertal Institute and ifo Dresden, funded by the Federal Environment Agency). In addition, he leads the strategy development project in the alliance/collaborative project "Lusatia - Life and Technology" (at the ZIT of the HSZG; funded by the BMBF as part of the WIR! program line) as well as the transfer (part) project in the alliance " Saxony5 " (at the ZIT; funded by the BMBF as part of the "Innovative University", in which all four state HAW in Saxony are involved).
Prof. Kollmorgen is also present in the regional and national mass media and has been advising state, political and civil society actors for years. Among other things, he was a member of the German government's commission "30 Years of Peaceful Revolution and German Unification" (2019-2020).
More information on teaching, research, third mission and functions is available on the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences: https://f-s.hszg.de/studienangebot/master-management-sozialen-wandels/mitarbeiter-innen-und-fachstudienberatung/prof-raj-kollmorgen.