The Technical University of Crete had the honour to confer a Doctorate Honoris Causa on Prof. Rainer Stegmann on Friday, August 30, 2019 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of research and technology worldwide in the field of Solid Waste Management, as well as his ongoing support of the academic and research activities of the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete.
Honorary doctorate degrees constitute the highest academic honour and are conferred to distinguished Greek or foreign scientists, who have produced significant scientific work or have offered valuable services to society.
The nomination of Prof. Rainer Stegmann for the award of the honorary doctorate degree, received a unanimous vote by the General Assembly of the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Rainer Stegmann thanked the Technical University of Crete and the Rector for the award and the honour bestowed upon him and gave a lecture entitled "The Great Transformation" to an audience of alumni and other members of the academic community of the Technical University of Crete.
Video of the Ceremony
Short Bio of Prof. Rainer Stegmann:
Prof. Dr.-Ing Rainer Stegmann is a retired Professor from the Hamburg University of Technology in Hamburg, Germany. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, where he also obtained his doctorate (Dr.- Ing.) degree. In 1982 he became Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science at the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany and since 1991 he was Head of the newly founded Institute of Waste Management (later Institute for Waste Resource Management). Together with colleagues he holds two patents. Under Prof Stegmann`s guidance 16 Promotions to Dr.-Ing. (similar to a PhD) and 1 Habilitation were granted. He conducted for several years a solid waste course at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. For 3 years he was director of he R3C waste research center at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was honored Visiting Professor from the Institute of Technologies and Applied Science in Havanna, Cuba in 2006. He received the award for “a Waste to Life” at the SARDINIA Symposium in 2009. Prof. Stegmann coordinated 5 research centers and was involved in more than 60 research projects in the time between 1982 and 2008, where funding was provided by national public bodies, the European Union and several national and international companies as i.e. Procter and Gamble, Norsk Hydro and Mercedes Benz. He co-edited 7 books and published more than 300 papers. He is member of the editorial board of several international scientific journals. Prof. Stegmann is co-organizer of three international(i.e. SARDINIA, International Waste and Landfill Symposium) and four national Solid Waste Symposia and participated in several workshops i.e. in Jordan, Mexico, Brazil, USA, Russia, Australia and Italy.
Prof. Stegmann is one of the founding members and chairman of the international solid waste organization “IWWG, International Waste Working Group”. He is member of the managing board of ORBIT and is/was also member of several other national and international organizations. Prof Stegmann was scientific advisor for national and international research institutions and companies, i.e. Shanks , UK, and was expert witness in several national and international lawsuits. Prof. Stegmann is partner in the “Consultancy for Waste Management, Prof. Stegmann and Partner” in Hamburg, Germany. He did consultancy in Germany and in several countries such as South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, England, Australia, Switzerland and Austria.