Prof. Dr. Christian Kautz

Head of working group

Room E 4.002
Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42 878 – 42 59

Christian Kautz joined Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in 2002. Since 2012, he has been leading the Engineering Education Research Group. Besides teaching seminars on Engineering Education and (co-)teaching various introductory engineering courses, he carries out research on student understanding of core concepts in these subjects, as well as on more general cognitive skills. In addition, he is involved in the professional development of faculty and teaching staff in science and engineering.

Christian Kautz gained some initial experience in teaching as a student teaching assistant at TUHH in the early 1990s. This led him to pursue a doctoral degree in college-level physics education research at the University of Washington (Ph.D. 1999). After three further years in the US, as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Syracuse University, he returned to Germany in 2002.

Dr. Layla Tulimat

MGK Coordinator

Room E 4.006
Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42 878 – 48 99

Layla Tulimat joined the Engineering Education Research Group in November 2017. Her field of work covers the coordination of the Collaborative Research Center 986’s Integrated Research Training Group (Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg). Layla studied chemistry from 2004 untill 2011 at RWTH Aachen University. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant in the institutes of inorganic and organic chemistry. In 2016, she received her PhD in physical chemistry in the field of molecular spectroscopy . During her PhD, she worked as a research assistant and was responsible for supervising the students during their theses and various practical courses as well as for the correction of exams and exercises in differend fields of chemistry.

Clemens Schröter

MGK Coordinator

Room E 4.006
Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42 878 – 46 19

Clemens Schröter is working as a research assistant in the Engineering Education Research Group and ia the coordinator for the Integrated Research Training Group MGK of the Sonderforschungsbereich 986 Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems since September 2021. He also coordinates the LearnING Center.

From 2010 to 2016 Clemens studied the interdisciplinary degree program nanoscience at the University of Hamburg. Focussing on physical chemistry he finished his master thesis on “Electromechanical Actuators based on Cross-Linked Gold Nanoparticle Membranes”. Starting in 2016 he investigated the synthesis and mechanical characterization of titania based nanocomposites as Ph.D. candidate in the SFB 986 at the University of Hamburg. During this time he helped supervise practical lab courses and theses in nanoscience and chemistry.

Dimitri Eckert, M.Sc.

PhD student

Room E 4.003
Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42 878 – 46 29

Dimitri Eckert has been working as a research assistant and doctoral student in the Engineering Education Research Group since April 2021. His area of research is the impact of different representations on students understanding of robotics and computer science concepts. Dimitri was enrolled in the Bachelor program for mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich from 2014 to 2017. From 2018 to 2021 he completed he completed the specialized master degree in robotics, system and control. The title of his master thesis was „End-effector and Joint Sensor Fusion for Offset and Drift Mitigation in Force/Torque Measurments“. During his studies, Dimitri worked serveral years as an undergraduate teaching assistant in mechanics, thermodynamics and control theory. As a student representative he conducted several surveys on lecture quality and worked together with lecturers to implement the suggested improvements. During that work, he discovered his affection for Engineering Education Research. Apart from his tasks in the Engineering Education Research Group, he organises and develops the various robotics and STEM courses of robotik@TUHH.

Max Uzulis, M.Sc.

PhD student

Room E 4.004


Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42 878 – 46 18

Max Uzulis started to work for the department for Engineering Education Research as a research assistant and doctoral candidate in August 2021. In the GENERATING project, he researches AI-based assignment and task generators and the structure of the content knowledge, which is necessary for the successful deployment of AI technology in the context of education. He works together with the Computer Center of the TUHH, the Institute of Maritime Logistics and the Institute of Technical Logistics to plan, design and apply an assignment and task generator for students and teachers of different logistics related courses. Between 2014 and 2020 Max studied physics in Greifswald and specialized in the physics of the middle atmosphere (Master thesis: Ground based gravity wave detection via infrared hydroxyl nighglow images in the mesosphere). During his studies, he developed a great interest in teaching in general but also a desire to communicate scientific knowledge and passion. After graduating for the University of Greifswald Max gathered experience as a teacher at a High School and as a lecturer at a private university in Hamburg.

Student research assistants

Larissa Schaumburg


Former team members

Ferdinand Kieckhäfer, M.Sc.
Dr. Nils Gayer
Dr.-Ing. Julie Direnga
Dr. Alette Winter
Dr.-Ing. Dion Timmermann
Dr. Ulrike Herzog
Hanno Holzhüter, M.Sc.
Felix Lehmann, B.Sc.
Dr. Arne Wulf
Dr. Andrea Brose