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The Company Founder -
A Man with Commitment

dSPACE President and CEO, Dr.-Ing. Herbert Hanselmann

Early in 1988, Herbert Hanselmann founded the company dSPACE together with three colleagues from the University of Paderborn. Now he leads a global company with close to 1,600 employees. In addition to this, Herbert Hanselmann also volunteers his time in public initiatives and associations. 

Entrepreneur of the Year

In 2008, the auditing firm Ernst & Young awarded Herbert Hanselmann the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the category Information and Communication Technology/Media. The initiators of the award, granted in more than 50 countries worldwide, particularly acknowledged Hanselmann’s following characteristic facets:

  1. Entrepreneurial pioneering spirit
  2. Visionary thinking
  3. Innovative drive
  4. Financing from the cash flow


dSPACE’s own ProMINT initiative is one of the programs that is particularly close to Herbert Hanselmann’s heart. Through this program, the company aims to inspire young people with a love of science and technology in order to proactively bring more skilled engineers to the field at a young age. One way that ProMINT achieves this is through practical engineering classes in schools and scholarships for high school seniors that are interested in studying engineering. To pass dSPACE’s long-standing ProMINT experience on to schools and universities throughout Germany, Herbert Hanselmann is also a dedicated ambassador of the nationwide "MINT — Shaping the Future" initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), the two most important German economic organizations.

Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Paderborn

Herbert Hanselmann has been an active member of the Advisory Board of the University of Paderborn since its founding in 2007. As one of eight members of this highest governing body of the University of Paderborn, he advises the committee, helps supervise the Executive Board, and is involved in long-term strategic decisions. Herbert Hanselmann gladly holds this honorary post, not only because of his history as a member of two universities and his ties with the University of Paderborn, but also because of his wide range of economic experience. After all, he and his colleagues owe the existence of dSPACE to the University of Paderborn.

Endowed Professorship at the University of Paderborn

Since the winter semester of 2013/14, the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Paderborn has a new endowed professorship for Distributed Embedded Systems. dSPACE has provided two million Euros to fund personnel and other services to strengthen research in the area of embedded systems and promote interdisciplinary cooperation among the engineering departments. 

Involvement in the Regional Economy and Society

Monastery Museum of Dalheim
(LWL Archive, Photo: Andreas Lechtape)

Herbert Hanselmann is also involved in various committees, societies and associations outside the university. From 2002 to 2014, he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of East-Westphalia, Bielefeld; acting as Vice President from 2006 to 2014. Furthermore, Herbert Hanselmann is a participatory member of the Family Business Entrepreneurs (Die Familienunternehmer) association, which represents the interests of 180,000 family entrepreneurs employing more than eight million regular employees in Germany. To promote the interaction of the economic, social and societal players of the Paderborn region, dSPACE’s founder is also an active member of the “Rotary Club – Paderborn Stadt + Land”, currently officiating as President from 2015/2016. Besides this, Herbert Hanselmann is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Monastery Museum of Dalheim.