Dr. Bernd Straeter


Dr. Bernd Straeter studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University (TU) Darmstadt, earning his Ph.D there and rising to be Assistant Professor at its Institute of Aeronautical Engineering. He was then named an Observer, Controller and Evaluator of the first government-funded aviation research program, ZTL (Zukunftstechnik Luftfahrt, or “Future Technologies in Aerospace”) on behalf of the German Ministry for Research and Development.

Dr. Straeter then moved to Dornier GmbH, beginning as an Aircraft Design Engineer and Project Manager, rising to become first Program Manager and Chief Engineer of a military jet trainer program, then Program Manager for all civil and military aircraft development programs of Dornier GmbH, and finally Managing Director of Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH, responsible for research and engineering, including flight tests and customizing. 

In 1992, he became Managing Director of Eurocolumbus, European space station (ISS) program company

In 1994, he became Managing Director of “Daimler BenzAirport Systems“

In 1998, he moved to Dasa's division of  “Military Aircrafts” as Program Manager of the  “Mako“ program.

In 1999, he was made Managing Director of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH and Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH, retiring in 2005.

Since retiring from Zeppelin, Dr. Straeter has been working as a consultant for various aerospace OEMs and suppliers including:

Evaluator for funded aeronautical research programs for EC (FP6, FP7, CS) and German Government (LuFo)

Member of the Foundation Council of the Dornier Foundation for Aerospace

Co-founder of a new aeronautical faculty at the “Dual University Baden-Württemberg“ at the campus Friedrichshafen (with accreditation in German and English)

Assistant Professor for Aerospace at the University (lectures in aviation transport system and in program management)

President of the "International Airship Association” and member of DGLR and AIAA 

Dr. Sträter is married with 2 children, and lives near Friedrichshafen in Germany.