Obituary of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. István Erlich

The University of Duisburg-Essen is mourning the death of Prof. Dr.-Ing. István Erlich, who passed away unexpectedly during the night of May 14 to May 15, 2018.

István Erlich, born in Hungary in 1953, was initially employed by a Hungarian distribution network operator after completing his studies in electrical energy technology at the Technical University Dresden, before returning to the same university as a research assistant with the aim of obtaining a doctorate degree. This was followed by activities at an energy consulting company in Berlin and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing in Dresden. In 1996, he completed his postdoctoral dissertation (“Habilitation”) with a thesis in the field of power system dynamics.

In August 1998, István Erlich was appointed as the successor of Prof. Dieter Rumpel to the C4 professorship "Electrical Systems and Networks". Here his varied scientific activity led to a large number of third-party funded projects with both public funding and industrial companies. Over 300 publications and more than 25 doctoral degrees have emerged from this work. In the internal university committee work, his special commitment as a long-time chairman of the doctoral committee helped maintain the level and quality of the engineering doctorate program. Professor Erlich's expertise was also highly valued by national and international associations. As a result, he assumed a variety of positions and responsibilities, among others, at IEEE, IFAC and various other conferences.

Due to his scientific work and his commitment to teaching, Professor Erlich was appreciated and held in high esteem by his colleagues, employees and students alike. When the news of the sudden death of Professor Erlich reached the faculty, it was a shocking moment for all of us.

The University of Duisburg-Essen, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, the colleagues from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and all current and former employees of the chair for Electrical Power Systems will always be grateful for his tutelage and pay homage to Professor Erlich's honorable memory.

Our deepest condolences go to his family.