Dr. Karl Morgen turns 70
After very successful studies at the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), which Karl Morgen completed with distinction and for which he was awarded the Tullam Medal and the Bilfinger Berger Prize as the best in his year, he completed his doctorate at the Chair of Structural Engineering at the TH Karlsruhe, also with distinction. After working briefly in two engineering offices and as a site manager at Dyckerhoff&Widmann AG, he moved to the renowned engineering office Dr. Ing. Windels - Dr. Ing. Timm, where he became a partner after only two years. With the subsequent renaming to WTM Engineers, he not only added the "M" to the company name, but also played a decisive role in advancing and co-determining the success story of WTM during his 29 years as managing partner. During this time, numerous spectacular and challenging structures have been planned and supervised by WTM under his leadership or accompanied by him as a test engineer. In the field of tunnel construction, the XFEL X-ray laser project in Hamburg and, more recently, the Fehmarnbelt crossing are particularly worthy of mention.
In addition to his successful work for WTM Engineers, Karl Morgen was and is involved in numerous professional organisations in prominent positions. For several years, Karl Morgen was chairman of the Prüfingenieure für Bautechnik (VPI) in Hamburg, member of the board of the Hamburg Chamber of Engineers (HIK) as well as deputy chairman of the Hafentechnische Gesellschaft (HTG) and is still deputy chairman of the STUVA, to name just a few of the most important offices. In addition, he was a member of numerous DIN committees and strongly supported the initiatives to simplify standards.
His successful work and his great voluntary commitment were recognised with several awards and prizes. In 2015, for example, Karl Morgen received the Emil-Mörsch-Denkmünze, the highest award of the Beton- und Bautechnikverein, in 2019 the Civil Engineering Law Award of the Centre for German and International Civil Engineering Law (CBTR), and in the same year the HTG Prize of the Werner Möbius Foundation for his life's work.
With all the successes in the professional field, it is not surprising that Karl Morgen has not left it at cruising comfortably on the Alster in his hobby, sailing, but has achieved considerable successes in German and international championships together with his son.
Dear Karl, the board, management and the whole STUVA team congratulate you warmly on your 70th birthday and wish you all the best for the future, especially good health, lots of time for your family and, of course, every success for you and your team at this year's European Championships in Sanremo and the World Championships in Kühlungsborn.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Chairman of the Board of STUVA e.V.