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The mission of UA Ruhr New York is to facilitate and promote innovative transatlantic collaborations in research and education between the UA Ruhr universities and partners in North America. Our liaison office enhances and expands cutting-edge international research and education opportunities for researchers and students and their collaborating partners to assist in extending programs throughout the Ruhr region and in North America, and ultimately help them develop solutions for global challenges.

UA Ruhr New York Team

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schembecker
President and Treasurer
E-mail: gerhard.schembecker[at]

Gerhard was appointed Professor for Plant and Process Design at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University in 2005. His research focuses on the  design of (bio)chemical processes with special interest in downstream processes like crystallization and centrifugal partition chromatography and on modul based plant design. Dr. Schembecker received several process innovation awards, has published about 140 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is named as inventor on 5 patents. Recently he co-founded the start-up companies inosim consulting, b.experts and b.value AG investing in startups in the field on industrial biotechnology. Dr. Schembecker holds various positions in advisory boards. Among others he is head of the scientific board of DDIC (Drug Delivery Innovation Center), a consortium performing precompetitive research and development on pharmaceutical technologies.

Dr. Barbara Schneider
UA Ruhr NY Coordinator
E-mail: barbara.schneider[at]

Barbara is the Director of the International Office at TU Dortmund University. Her responsibilities include the coordination of the New York office from the German side. Prior to joining the International Office, Barbara worked in the American Studies Department where she was involved in the orientation program for students from North America. She wrote her dissertation on international education focusing on student exchange between the United States and Germany. For more details, see Barbara's page on the website of the International Office at TU Dortmund University.

Peter Rosenbaum
Executive Director
E-mail: peter.rosenbaum[at]

Peter has been leading the New York office since 2014 and has supported and facilitated academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and a steadily growing network of partners in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining UA Ruhr, Peter was the Educational Liaison at the Goethe-Institut New York where he developed outreach and marketing strategies for positioning German programs in the US. Before that, he worked as lecturer for German Studies at Trinity College (CT). For more details, see his LinkedIn profile.


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Theresa Vormelker
E-mail: intern[at]
Theresa is currently finishing her Bachelors degree in Anglophone Studies and Science of Art at the University of Duisburg-Essen which is located in the Ruhr Area. She is especially interested in the research of current pop culture, and the literary and artistic movements of the 19th century. Prior she worked as an assistant of the curator at the Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg and supported the development of the anniversary exhibition 2019 Beauty – Lehmbruck and Rodin, which explores the aspects of beauty in the sculptures of the modern period.