Marko Herrmann describes himself as a native of Dresden. He grew up in the south of Dresden, to be more specific in Dresden-Plauen. In addition, not only die-hard “Dresdners” know that the Technical University is located here. Therefore, it is no wonder that he started studying “just around the corner”. Exactly which subject was not clear for a long time. At the “Open House”, various lectures attracted him at that time. In addition to business informatics, he also attended a taster course in materials science. He found the former rather boring. However, he was attracted to materials science. One reason was that the professor made the lecture very entertaining for the student at the time and, among other things, showed the young academics how a metal spoon can bend in hot water. Therefore, after the Bundeswehr, he enrolled in the comparatively small course of study.
During his university studies, he came in contact with various companies. He completed his basic internship at Globalfoundries predecessor AMD in the MALab. At the time, he could not imagine that he would return here at some point. However, that is life. In addition, perhaps it helped that a few years had passed between his internship and his start at GF, during which he was able to gain experience at one point or another. Even during his diploma thesis, which he wrote on the rapid solidification of semi-crystalline alloys, his professor encouraged him to continue his scientific career. And he did, and began writing his doctoral thesis at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW). Without actually having to change his place of residence, he came into contact with the world, or rather with many European project partners, here. Because his work on the mechanical alloying of superconducting MgB2, which conducts current without resistance at low temperatures, was part of a large EU project on wires for computer tomographs.
When both the doctoral hat decorated his head and the EU project was finished, he asked himself: What now? Since he did not see any point in setting up projects for the sake of it, but rather enjoyed solving problems, he knew that his path could only lead him into business. Therefore, it was. In 2012, he had two options to join GF – integration or CFM. Here, the focus is on finding and fixing problems. That is exactly his thing. He chose CFM. In addition, since the range of tasks at CFM is constantly changing, the work is very diverse. Just like the team, he works in. Here he experienced the positive atmosphere of globalization with colleagues from the most diverse parts of the world, such as India, Poland or Indonesia. In addition, contrary to what you might expect in a semiconductor company, the proportion of women in his team is very high, 50:50 as it were. The same applies to the different age groups. He works together with people who are just starting out in their careers and colleagues who will retire in a few years. Overall, he describes his work environment as,
“We have what could be the future!”