h K. Friedrich graduated in â€œManufacturing Technologyâ€ at the University of Applied Sciences (Dortmund) and in â€œMechanical Engineeringâ€ at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. Here, he also earned in 1978 his PhD- Degree in â€œMaterials Scienceâ€. After industrial experience in the construction of machine elements, he was associated in 1980 as a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, USA. Funding for this stay as a Feodor Lynen Fellow was received from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Afterwards, i.e. between 1982 and 1990, he worked as a Professor for Polymers and Composites at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.