On Thursday, March 17, 2011, the Presidents of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Prof. Dr. Eberhard Umbach and Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, appointed Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht as Honorary Senator.
Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler said, “In his capacity as an engineer, Dr. Martin Herrenknecht has made a decisive contribution toward the development of tunnelling technology with his company playing a leading international role in this area”. Dr. Martin Herrenknecht was also honored for his commitment to society. At the KIT, he has been supporting the Civil Engineering Faculty in particular for many years. Herrenknecht AG has funded the Chair for Technical Petrophysics in the area of Geothermics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences for five years, starting in 2008, explained Prof. Dr. Hippler.
This is Dr. Martin Herrenknecht’s second prize in Karlsruhe: in 2002, he was awarded the 1st Karlsruhe Innovation Award for Construction Endeavours by the Society of Friends of the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction, Karlsruhe University (Technical Institute). Furthermore, the founder and current Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG was also presented with an honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) by the Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University in Braunschweig in 1998 as well as receiving the Cross of Merit, 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007.