A Pen, Some Paper and an Idea to Shape the Future


There has been life on Earth for around 3.5 billion years. The first microscopic single-celled organisms resided in the world’s oceans and gradually developed into complex, multicellular organisms, from dinosaurs in the beginning to mammals as we know them today. This was a result of evolution, which is driven by natural selection: only living things that successfully adapt to their environment will survive. They will pass on their admirable characteristics to the next generation and continue developing, either on an ongoing basis or in leaps and bounds. The process of evolution can also be applied to the way we do business. Companies have to adapt to their environment and to megatrends, and keep developing in order to survive. Technological advances are being made all the time, which means researchers must work twice as hard.



But what makes a great researcher? Perhaps it’s their innate desire to achieve great things? Their conviction to think ahead? The freedom to make decisions for oneself and for an entire company? The constant need to push the limits – while at the same time developing their skills. Or is it more about creating something wonderful for others? While this question isn’t so easy to answer, what we do know is that Michael embodies all of these characteristics! This passionate researcher has a PhD in physics and there’s nothing he loves more than being faced with new problems to solve. He starts by understanding them, and then comes up with an idea. A great idea. An idea that’s so incredible it creates added value for both himself, the company and society as a whole. The more challenging the task, the better!

A job that’s more of a calling

These days, he focuses on quantum technology, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. “It’s a real privilege to integrate our research into products that help mankind. To help shape the way people live and work,” says Michael. So what is it that motivates him? Translating the latest findings into advanced technologies and thus helping shape markets; redefining the status quo and sharing his knowledge. Michael is an Innovation Manager and a Fellow, the highest rung on the Expert Ladder. He works at Corporate Research and Development at ZEISS and, as such, is involved in many projects. He loves to learn new things, delve into the unknown, identify and evaluate new technologies, look into new trends and weigh up the benefits for ZEISS. Michael enhances products and identifies interesting areas that call for new ones to be developed. He doesn’t just conduct research for ZEISS, he’s also developed a real passion for the company. “I celebrate ZEISS’ success and suffer with the company in the event of a setback.” While there’s no guarantee that his ideas will take off, he always does his very best to be more efficient, more creative and better than the competitors: “This is what keeps my work interesting.”



This is a goal that Michael has been pursuing all his life. And he’s just as open-minded outside of the office. “My work really motivates me. I simply want to understand the impact that technological advances are having on our lives – and, of course, help shape it.” Artificial intelligence, driverless cars, changes in factories, Smart Production. He reads newspapers and academic papers, attends conferences, and speaks to partners, customers and suppliers. He processes and structures all the new knowledge he acquires. And he does this by using a pen and paper. And then there’s his team – after all, two or more heads are always better than one!

“All every researcher really needs is a good head on their shoulders, as well as a pen, some paper and a few smart colleagues”, smiles Michael. At the end of the day, an idea will only be as good as its implementation. Michael and his colleagues make a valuable contribution every single day to make the future that little bit better. After all, those who can find solutions to tomorrow’s challenges have a very bright future indeed.


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  1. Edward thomas

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  2. Abdu Lab

    Now use mobile very important in the life ! a lot of old people need to wear reading glasses when need use mobile . ZEISS has any Idea to have film mobile phone with READING POWER?

    1. Julia

      Post author

      The Expert Ladder was introduced in 2005 as a counterpart career path to traditional management positions for those employees working in R&D and Innovation.
      The Expert Ladder supports innovation at ZEISS and offers leading experts attractive opportunities for personal development. It is expected that those on the Expert Ladder actively advance important topics, network and share their knowledge.

      The ZEISS Fellows occupy the highest rung on the Expert Ladder.

  3. MarilynA.Moores

    Dear ZEISS, you guys are missing one whale of and opportunity during this COVID thing. I have been so frustrated by wearing a mask fogged up my glasses. I don’t know what percentage of the population wears glasses but by observation it is significant and I’m sure they are experiencing the same frustration . It is simply maddening. On a whim and the recommendation of a friend. I purchased your Fog Defender System at Walmart. The minute I left the store, I tried it and it works!!!!!!!!
    The republic has been saved!!!!! I called my sister-in-law Albuquerque and she left immediately to go get it. You guys need to have kiosk in any place you sell Fog Defender with a big sign that says:”TIRED OF YOUR GLASSES FOGGING WHILE YOU WEAR A MASK? WE HAVE THE ANSWER. Honestly I almost cried when it worked if I have contacted the wrong department, I hope someone will forward my comment to somebody in marketing .

    1. Julia

      Post author

      Dear Marilyn,

      Thank you for sharing your story! We’re glad our product could make your life a little bit easier in these challenging times.

      We made sure your positive feedback was forwarded to the right people – and it was well received!

      If you want to know why spectacle lenses fog up in the first place, click here for more information: https://www.zeiss.com/vision-care/int/spectacle-lenses-from-zeiss/lens-cleaning-solution-for-glasses/antifog-spray.html


  4. John Spencer

    To whom it may concern:
    I downloaded your CT app (metrology), very informative. I noticed some areas where you might improve the technology. Let me know if you are interested. John

  5. Vijay Shamrao Bajare

    Dear Dr.
    We are from India (Maharashtra State) Pune City
    I want your medical guidance for my son vision problem for both eyes.
    My son Amar (Age-40 yrs.)has noticed Vision problem 6 months before. During diagnosis it is found that he is having problem of Pituitary Adenoma tumor. Tumar surgery done satisfactory before 2 months.But it is observed that his there is no improvement in both eyes peripheral vision.We have also get advice by Eye Specialist doctors.But they said there is no medicine for this problem.It will get As by bybetter naturally & take its own time.They also said they can't give specific time duration for recovery.
    We request you can you give advice to overcome this problem.
    Also inform contact details in India of
    Your office in India.
    Vijay Shamrao Bajare
    (M)+91 09850963964
    Pune City 411028
    Maharashtra state

  6. Eno

    How can i contact with zeiss , i want to make a product with camera and i need best company for camera and i think zeiss is for that .

  7. ursula

    Hi, I was not able to adjust focus on my zeiss binoculars recently. where can I get repair service in China? I tried many numbers online but no answer.

    Thank you!


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