The Hasso Plattner Institute is headed by its scientific director, Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel. There are currently eleven professors engaged in teaching and research at HPI. They are supported by lecturers and PhD-Students. HPI's teaching staff is supplemented by a chair representative.

Professors and Lecturers

The institute founded by Hasso Plattner has a total of twelve research groups and the HPI School of Design Thinking, each directed by a professor. In addition to twelve professors, there are over 120  lecturers and scientific staff members working within the research groups. Nearly 40junior researchers are employed at the four sites of the HPI Research School.


At Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) over 552 students are enrolled in the IT Systems Engineering degree program. During their degree program, students are also involved in the student clubs at HPI. Student interests are represented by the eight-member elected board of the student council ITSE. Nearly 155 additional students are currently completing their education in the innovation method of Design Thinking at the HPI School of Design Thinking.


To meet the needs of the students and to handle central and administrative duties, nearly 60 employees work in the HPI administration.

Alumni and Guests

Moreover, HPI provides many offers to its alumni and holds talks and events featuring distinguished guests. Those whose engagement for the institute has been particularly noteworthy are honored with the distinction of HPI Fellow.