Prof. Gerhard Wachutka (b. 1952) studied physics at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University and did his doctorate in theoretical solid-state physics there in 1985. After that, he joined Siemens’ Research & Development division, where he worked on the computer-aided development of modern high-performance components. From 1990 to 1994, he worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s physical electronics laboratory in Zurich. There, he led the modeling and simulation group for micro-mechatronic components and systems. Since 1994, he has held the Chair of Physics of Electrotechnology.