13. January 2022 | Magazine:

Dr. Volker Wittstock is honorary professor at TU Braunschweig Awarded for scientific achievements and commitment to teaching

On November 9, 2021, Dr. Volker Wittstock was appointed Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering by the President of TU Braunschweig, Professor Angela Ittel. He is a renowned expert in the fields of building acoustics, acoustic measurement technology and the treatment of uncertainties in acoustics. In addition to these outstanding scientific achievements, Dr. Wittstock has been involved in teaching in a special way for many years.

Appointed honorary professor at the TU Braunschweig in November 2021: Prof. Dr. Volker Wittstock. Photo credit: Kristina Rottig/TU Braunschweig

Professor Volker Wittstock has been lecturing since 2007: from 2007 to 2010 for Technical Acoustics at University of Stuttgart, since 2015 for Acoustic Measurement Technology at TU Braunschweig, initially at the Institute of Construction Technology and since 2019 at the Institute of Acoustics. His lectures are appreciated by students because he is able to convey complex relationships in them in a particularly comprehensible, precise and descriptive manner, and the content is continuously illustrated by experiments. Regular excursions enable him not only to visit the excellently equipped acoustic laboratories at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), but also to use them in the context of student work and projects.

Professor Wittstock is a member of various standards committees for measurement in acoustics and chairman of NALS (DIN/VDI Standards Committee Acoustics, Noise Reduction and Vibration Engineering). He is the recipient of the Lothar Cremer Award of the German Acoustical Society and an expert in the field of determination and treatment of uncertainties in applied acoustics.

After studying electrical engineering and technical acoustics in Jena and Dresden, Professor Wittstock first worked as a research assistant at University of Stuttgart and then at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig (PTB). He wrote his doctoral thesis on “Experimental Determination of the Sound Power of Circular Cylinders in a Cross Flow in a Wide Range of Similitude Numbers” at University of Stuttgart. Since 2005, he has headed the “Applied Acoustics” working group at PTB.

Research focus

His scientific focus is on the measurement of indicators for sound emission and building acoustics, the determination of uncertainties in applied acoustics, and the design and evaluation of round robin tests for sound emission and building acoustics.

TU President Prof. Angela Ittel with Hon.-Prof. Volker Wittstock, Prof. Sabine C. Langer (Institute of Acoustics) and Prof. Klaus Dröder, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Photo credit: Kristina Rottig/TU Braunschweig

Cooperation with TU Braunschweig

At TU Braunschweig, Prof. Wittstock participates in the lecture series “Faszination Akustik” (Fascination of Acoustics), including lectures on topics from acoustic measurement technology. He participates in the networking of acoustics in southeastern Lower Saxony within the framework of the FBA (Forum Braunschweiger Akustiker) and the NAGA (Niedersächsische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Akustik).

He was co-organizer of the German Annual Conference on Acoustics DAGA 2006 with about 1000 participants and supported the preparations of DAGA 2020, which, however, had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Together with the Institute of Applied Mechanics at the Technical University of Braunschweig, he conducted research in the DFG project “Experimental and numerical investigations on the effects of different damping mechanisms on sound insulation in building construction” from 2003 to 2006. Under the coordination of the Fraunhofer WKI in Braunschweig, he collaborated on the joint project “More than just insulation – additional benefits of insulation materials made from renewable raw materials – NawaRo insulation materials” from 2016 to 2020.