EAM was established in November 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Government as the only cluster related to new materials and processes.In 2022, EAM was transformed to FAU COmpetence Unit Engineering of Advanced Materials where more than 75 EAM Members from 8 disciplines of FAU Faculties of Engineering and Sciences collaborate.
The Competence Unit is managed by an Executive Board with a team of four Coordinators – two from each Faculty involved – with one elected main Coordinator (rotation principle). Each coordinator is responsible for one of the following areas: EAM Sub-Units, People & Graduate School, Research Projects (CRCs, RTGs, RUs) and Research Initiatives (EXC). Additional members of the joint executive board are: one representative for EAM Sub-Units, one representative of research projects, the Speaker of the Graduate School EAM, one representative of academic mid-level staff, and one representative for gender & diversity.
The highly effective professional EAM Administration supports the Executive Board by taking care of the general management, explicitely research and financial issues, event organization, networking activities, public outreach, construction management, recruitment and personnel development as well as the management of the Graduate School Engeneering of Advanced Materials (GS EAM).