HighTech Offensive Bayern of the Bavarian Government, substantially supported Technische Universität München in the year 2000 with establishing interdisciplinary reasearch and applied technology development in medical engineering with 53 Mio DM, aiming at a world class University Institute for Medical Engineering with an adequate and highly competitive infrastructure. Demands from an increasingly older population with higher health risks on one side and strong support with newly developed technologies on the other, for clinicians and for medical practitioners alike, should be addressed. Namely students in Life Sciences, in Engineering and in Medicine were to be invited to perform interdisciplinary studies and research.
Professor Erich Wintermantel, previously full professor of biomaterials science and engineering with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich, was elected Professor Ordinarius with the TUM department of mechanical engineering and invited to realize the Institute. He very efficiently developed the concept for the Institute, defined and made operative its equipment and research infrastructure and, in parallel, established the first Masters Curriculum in Medical Engineering on university level in Germany, involving 60 professors and lecturers representing 9 TUM departments, in 2000. Prof. Wintermantel held the position of Chairman of Medical Engineering from 2000 through 2016, taking academic responsibility for a very high number of bachelors, masters and Ph.D. theses and initiated 4 new university professorships in the field.