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Hi, I’m Bernd Hoppe, Director of Post Processing, Central Research and Development at SCHOTT AG. I began my career at SCHOTT in 1998 as a Development Engineer for alternative thermal technologies for glass processing and have been managing the R&D post processing group with a focus on laser based glass processing technologies since 2015. My expertise is in the field of thermal processing of glass including forming, fiber drawing and modification, along with the engineering of ceramics, single crystal growth, structuring, modification with IR-lasers and cutting glass with ultra-short pulsed lasers. I earned my master’s degree in process engineering from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. My spare time belongs mainly to my family, my house, the backyard and my dog.