Mario Schenk studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden and graduated in 1997 as a graduate engineer. His specializations within electrical power engineering were "high voltage and High current technology" and "electrical installations, systems and networks".

In 1994 he received a one-year Fulbright scholarship for Virginia Tech (Electrical Power Engineering) in the USA. 

During his scientific work at the TU Dresden (1997-2002) and in his dissertation he investigated compact electrotechnical devices, switchgears and systems. Based on this research, the current carrying capacity and power density of the systems were significantly increased and their losses were reduced. This third party funded research work was supported by the companies E.ON, RWE, SGB, Betonbau and Scheidt.

During this time he also worked at ABB Schweiz AG in Zurich on the interpretation and optimization of generator circuit breakers for extremely high currents.

From the end of 2002, he worked at Starkstrom-Gerätebau GmbH in Regensburg, which manufactures oil-insulated medium-power transformers and cast-resin transformers, initially as head of research and development and later as technical manager with the development, calculation and construction departments.

Between 2004 and 2006, he obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration from WHU in Vallendar/Koblenz and Northwestern University in Evanston/Chicago.

At the end of 2007, he moved to Siemens AG in Nuremberg, where he was Technical Manager with responsibility for the development, calculation, design and production technology departments for large transformers up to 1250MVA, 1200kV AC and 1100kV HVDC/HVDC.

At the beginning of 2012 he was appointed Technical Director of Infineon Technologies Bipolar GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between Infineon AG and Siemens AG. The company develops and produces power semiconductors (thyristors, diodes, press pack IGBT) that are used, for example, in high-voltage direct current transmission HVDC or in large drive systems.

From October 2019 he worked at Siemens Energy in the field of technology and innovation and dealt with the market, competitors and technical requirements for a new, smart and modular generation of medium-power converters that will be used in various applications in the energy networks of the future.

In March 2021, he moved to Hof University of Applied Sciences, where he works as a professor for electrical power engineering and is responsible for the electrical engineering degree program.


Electrical Power Engineering

High voltage technology, high current technology

Sustainable electrical energy systems, electrical energy storage

Switching devices and systems, transformers, power semiconductors

Prof. Dr. Mario Schenk | University of Applied Science Hof

Prof. Dr. Mario Schenk

Engineering Department
Electrical Engineering

Hochschule Hof
Alfons-Goppel-Platz 1
95028 Hof

Room: B 137
Phone +49 (0) 9281 / 409 4611
Fax: +49 (0) 9281 / 409 55 4611
E-Mail: mario.schenkhof-university.LÖ

Office hours

Thursday, from 11:30 to 12:30

Teaching area / Field

Power Engineering and Power Electronics


Laboratory Head Electrical Engineering Laboratory
Laboratory Head Microprocessor Technology
Program Head of Electrical Engineering
Academic Adviser Electrical Engineering



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