Franz Michael Androsch was born 1962 in Illinois, USA. He is married and has 3 grown-up children. He studied chemical engineering at Johannes Kepler University in Linz and obtained his PhD in engineering sciences from the Vienna University of Technology. His career at voestalpine: 1984–1990 researcher for metallic coatings; 1990–2003 head of department organic coatings and plastic hybrids; 2003–2006 technical attendant and product manager; 2006–2014 Vice President R&D in Business Unit Coil; since 2014 Senior Vice President R&D and Innovation for voestalpine Group. Franz Androsch is President of the European Steel Technology Platform and Vice President of the Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft in Austria.