Dr. Volker Saile is Chief Science Officer of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He served as Conference Director of COMS 2005 in Baden-Baden and as a member of the MANCEF GAC since 2006, Volker Saile currently serves as MANCEF President since January 2012.

Volker received a Diploma in Physics in 1973 from Hamburg University, Germany, and a PhD in Physics in 1976 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany. He was an Assistant Professor at LMU until 1979. From 1979 to 1989, he was employed as a Staff Scientist at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg, Germany. During this time, he first served as the Coordinator of VUV and XUV experiments at the Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory HASYLAB and then as the Deputy Director of HASYLAB from 1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1998, Volker Saile was the Director of the J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He also held the positions of Professor of Physics and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, during the same period. Since 1998, he is Professor of Microstructure Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. He also served as the Director of the Institute for Microstructure Technology at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, later Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, until the end of 2010. In October 2010 he assumed the position of a Chief Science Officer of KIT. In addition, he is a member of several German and international science and technology committees. Currently, Volker Saile also serves as MANCEF President since January 2012.