Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl

Director Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Personal Statement

"It is truly important that we start a movement for biological transformation in Germany, because it is the only way to sustainably survive as a species and as national economy, We must decouple resource consumption from production, in order to stay competitive. We will have to also get the public on board and be very clear about the alternatives."

Work experience

 Since September 2011, Professor Thomas Bauernhansl has been Director of the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany. Before that he was Head of Global Process Technology with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. His scientific focus reaches from Personalized Production and Sustainable Production and Quality Management to Industrie 4.0, Integrated Industry Production Strategies. His latest focus is on the Biological Transformation.
 Thomas Bauernhansl is involved in numerous advisory boards and executive committees in industry, associations, research and politics. He is a member of the WGP, the Scientific Society for Production Technology and a member of the Strategy Circle of the Platform Industrie 4.0 of the German Federal Government as well as Deputy Chairman of the Steering Committee of Allianz Industrie 4.0 BW. He is the author and publisher of numerous books e.g. on versatility in production, Industrie 4.0 and the management in production.

Course of studies

2002Graduation Dr.-Ing.
Thesis: Evaluation of Synergy Potential in Mechanical Engineering
1998Graduation: Dipl.-Ing. at RWTH Aachen
1991 – 1998Study of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University with focus Manufacturing Engineering