Fraunhofer in the USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated in Rhode Island that is dedicated to the advancement of applied research. Fraunhofer USA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R & D for customers from industry and state governments and the federal government in the United States.

Fraunhofer USA develops and validates scientific applications and technologies for industrial innovation in the USA. Fraunhofer USA’s research centers in the United States and the Fraunhofer institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany work together to provide the most versatile cutting-edge technologies to a global market. Fraunhofer USA offers unique transatlantic business opportunities to close the innovation gap from the lab to the real market.

The research centers of Fraunhofer USA pursue strategic alliances with one or more of the numerous Fraunhofer institutes  of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany and with major research universities in the USA.

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Headquarters

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In an era of worldwide research networks, Fraunhofer needs top scientific and engineering talent on both sides of the Atlantic. At Fraunhofer USA, such talent is recruited and developed through addressing global technical challenges. The diversity of projects and the close relationships with partnering universities and Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany provide unique experiences for German scientists, engineers, technicians and administrators. Since 1994, more than 500 students and scientists, many from Germany, have participated in Fraunhofer USA research programs.

Combining the culture of German engineering with the entrepreneurial spirit of the US high-tech communities, Fraunhofer USA assists in the critical early stages of implementation of new technology. Such international exchange and collaboration by Fraunhofer in applied research and education contributes to the economic development of industrial society and enhances transatlantic research cooperation. Activities involving more than one center are coordinated and supported by the Fraunhofer USA headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan.

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Headquarters

44792 Helm Street
Plymouth, Michigan 48170, USA
Phone +1 734 354-9700
Fax +1 734 354-9711

Fraunhofer USA Board of Directors and Officers

Prof. Dr. Endrik Wilhelm, Chairman

Consultant of the Executive Board, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Attorney-at-Law

Prof. Dr. Alexander Kurz, Vice Chairman

Executive Vice President Human Resources, Legal Affairs and IP Management, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 

Mr. J. Michael Bowman, Director

Associate Director, Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Delaware 

Mr. Stephen Williams, Director

President & CEO, Terma North America Inc 

Mr. Brian Darmody, Director

Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Maryland 

Dr. John F. Reid, Director

Director, Enterprise Product Technology and Innovation, John Deere Company 

Dr. Johann Feckl, Director

Director of International Affairs and Internal Research Programs, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft




Prof. Dr. Thomas Schuelke

Fraunhofer USA President   

Erin Simmonds, CPA

Fraunhofer USA Treasurer  

Mark J. Eby, Esq

Fraunhofer USA Secretary