Heinrich Wörtche Dr. rer. nat.

Heinrich Wörtche is a scientist and science manager with more than 20 years of experience in academia and 8 years in private research. His ambition is to develop and to implement creative and novel sensor technology to social and technological challenges.

Since 2018 Wörtche is professor for Sensors and Smart Systems at Hanze University of Applied Sciences. He is affiliated to the Research Centre Biobased Economy. Within the Research Centre Biobased Economy, his professorship “Sensors and Smart Systems” focuses on developing and applying smart sensor technology for the digitization of industrial processes.


In 1988 Wörtche received a Diploma in Physics from the Technical University in Darmstadt and in 1994 a PhD in Nuclear Physics for research on polarized proton scattering which he performed at the particle accelerator center TRIUMF in Vancouver and the Technical University in Darmstadt.

From 1994 to 2000 he became postdoc and later assistant professor at the Institute for Nuclear Physics at the University of Münster where he was responsible for the design and the manufacturing of large-scale detector systems operated by the research centers KVI in Groningen, TRIUMF in Vancouver and CERN in Geneva.

In the year 2000 he was offered an assistant and later and an associate professor position at the University of Groningen where he was developing and applying digital signal processing technologies for data acquisition and controls systems in collaboration with international research groups affiliated at GSI (Germany), RCNP (Japan) and GANIL (France).

In 2008 he co-founded the independent non-for-profit sensor technology institute INCAS3, Assen where he served as Scientific Director (2008 – 2014) and Chief Executive Officer (2015 – 2016. In 2014 INCAS3 had been awarded the Business of the Year Award from the Netherlands-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 he co-founded the Canadian based company INGU Solutions and acted as Chief Technology Officer in the period 2014 – 2016.

In 2015 he became professor for Miniature Wireless Explorative Sensor Systems at the University of Technology Eindhoven.

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