Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hiermaier

Director Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut EMI

Personal Statement

"Manufacturing aimes at providing the society with products and infrastructures for daily use. Nature provides endless blue-prints for self-healing and adaptability. Therefore, biological transformation has the potential of preserving the functionality of critical products and infrastructures despite the occurrence of disruptive events, if biological archetypes are utilized."

Work experience

Stefan Hiermaier is both Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics and Founding Director of the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg.
Stefan Hiermaier is also co-director of the Sustainability Center Freiburg, a cooperation of the five Fraunhofer Institutes in Freiburg and the Albert-Ludwigs-University.

Course of studies

Stefan Hiermaier studied aerospace engineering at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and obtained his doctorate from the Faculty of Civil Engineering. His habilitation folllowed in 2002 after which he was appointed as an extraordinary professor for high-speed dynamics at the University of the German Armed Forces in 2008.