Norbert Haefke received his graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Applied University of Darmstadt in 1999. After his studies he worked as a CAE specialist at Freudenberg in Weinheim, focusing on a wide range of CAE applications including topology, shape optimization, computer fluid dynamics, and structural mechanics. It was here that he got his start with software development for CAE applications. Norbert Haefke joined the German Research Association for Drive Technology (Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik – FVA) in 2004. He established FVA Software and Service and is responsible for the management and coordination of FVA software development, including a large software development project which combines the results of FVA's highly sophisticated research with a modern and flexible software framework. Norbert Haefke has been CEO of FVA GmbH since 2010, which has developed into an energetic and successful business. FVA GmbH is a spin-off of FVA and the German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – VDMA).