As an expert in the areas of trajectory and attitude control systems and levitation systems for maglev trains, amongst others, she then delivered an impressive career and managed projects all over the world. For her achievements she received the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Federal Cross of Merit, and as the first woman so far, was honoured with the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring.
In this interview, she talks about her exciting ‘journey to the West’, what Franz Josef Strauß had to do with her coming to Bavaria and why she is convinced that we will see many more successful women in the engineering industry in the future.
PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering 1983
After her Abitur, Eveline Gottzein completed an apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering. From 1952 until 1957 she studied Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics in Dresden, and after fleeing from East-Germany, in Darmstadt. As early as during her studies she worked as an engineer at the Electronic Associates’ European Simulation Centre in Brussels.
In 1959 she joined helicopter and airplane manufacturer Bölkow in Munich and soon after managed international projects as head of department, amongst others, in Japan, China and Brazil. Alongside these activities she did a PhD at TUM on the topic of magnetic levitation trains. She is an honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart and “Distinguished Affiliate Professor” at TUM.
To date she is the only woman to ever receive the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring, the highest award in Germany for people whose achievements promoted Engineering Sciences or science representatives who opened up new directions to technology through their research. Furthermore she holds the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Bavarian Maximilian Badge for Science and Art, and the Grand Federal Cross of Merit and is Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control and of the American institute on Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).