Dr. Hellwig has served as senior manager at Fraunhofer Headquarters since 1997. She advises and accompanies transatlantic projects of varying scope and subject matter. As program manager she initiated Fraunhofer`s transatlantic fellowship program and the Fraunhofer Bessel Research Award; the latter is awarded by Fraunhofer and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to distinguished scientists and scholars in order to strengthen international research cooperation.
A materials scientist by training, she has published a number of papers on solid state phase transformations at high temperatures. She received her M.B.A. from the NIMBAS Graduate School of Management in 2004.