Dear Students, kupris gerald sw

It is with a heavy heart, that we share with you the news of the sudden and completely unexpected passing of our Dean, Prof. Dr. Gerald Kupris, last weekend. We are all very saddened and shocked to have lost such a valuable and dedicated teacher, colleague and friend.

Gerald Kupris was appointed to a professorship at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology on October 1, 2009. It is thanks to his vision, hard work and never-ending commitment, that the Applied Computer Science bachelor programme, including its electronic lab, has grown from a small study course with a handful of students to one of the biggest courses in our faculty, with over 80 new students per year.

As a Professor, Gerald Kupris placed tremendous importance on bringing interesting and innovative fields of study to life, not only theoretically but in a practical, hands-on manner. Over the course of his career, he supported and guided countless student projects and led DIT students to successfully compete in national and international autonomous driving competitions, such as the NXP and Audi Autonomous Driving Cups. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, his research projects delved into such fields as energy harvesting and he supervised master and doctoral theses on these subjects.

In the winter term of 2015, his colleagues elected him Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Media Technology and Computer Science. He embraced his new function with heart and commitment and led the faculty to introduce new study programmes, new fields of research and has left an imprint on the way we educate the future generation of computer scientists and engineers. As Dean, he understood how to address the concerns of students and staff from across DIT and then achieve positive outcomes for all - in both teaching and research. Moreover, the internationalisation of the faculty was particularly important to him, since he spent many years of his own university studies abroad.

This last year, he actively supported the development of the future computer science faculty. We deeply regret, that he will not be able to see the results of his tireless work.

Gerald Kupris was highly respected both as a Professor, researcher, dean and as a person; his absence leaves a deep hole in both the faculty and in our hearts. He will be sorely missed.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends, both inside and outside of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.


With deepest sympathy,

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schlosser

Vice Dean

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