Institute and divisional management

Director

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl

  • Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • Director of Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF) of the Stuttgart University
  • Head of department "Networked Production"

Since September 2011, Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart in Germany. He is also Director of the Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF), which belongs to the University of Stuttgart. His scientific focus is on production organization, factory planning, energy efficient production, surface engineering, automation and process engineering. From October 2012 till January 2015, he was also Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production EEP at the University of Stuttgart.

Bauernhansl studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. After completing his PhD with honors, he embarked on his career with the Freudenberg concern in 2003, advancing to become Director of the Technology Center at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. His key areas of work included site planning, factory planning, outsourcing, technology management and lean production. Lastly, Bauernhansl was responsible for the regions Europe, North and South America, optimizing the “global footprint” of the production network made up of over 50 production sites.

Bauernhansl is on diverse advisory boards and management committees in industry, associations, research and politics. He is a member of WGP, the German Academic Society for Production Engineering, as well as being a member of the strategy committee of the German government’s “Platform Industrie 4.0” and Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee Alliance Industrie 4.0 BW. He has written and edited numerous books on topics such as adaptability in manufacturing, Industrie 4.0 and production management.

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hilt MBA

  • Deputy head of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
  • Head of business unit  "Process Industry" and department "Coating systems and painting technology"
  • Head of department "Surface Engineering and Materials Technology"

In October 2016, Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hilt MBA took over as Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. The chemist with a doctoral degree is head of the business unit “Process Industry” and is also responsible for the department “Coating Systems and Painting Technology”. In October 2016, he also took charge of “Surface Engineering and Materials Science”.

Hilt obtained his doctoral degree in 1988 at the Institute of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and at the Research Institute for Pigments and Coatings (FPL e.V.) in Stuttgart. In the same year, he started his professional career at Daimler-Benz AG as a coating and corrosion specialist. After passing through various manufacturing engineering and materials science departments at Daimler with a focus on coating technology, Hilt returned to FPL in 2009, realigning the Research Society for Pigments and Coatings e.V in his new post as CEO. As part of the re-structuring process, he integrated the institute section of FPL into Fraunhofer IPA to create the “Coatings and Pigments” department. In 2012, a merger led to the birth of the “Coating Systems and Painting Technology” department, which Hilt has been running ever since. He is also General Manager of the Research Society for Pigments and Coatings e.V.

Hilt is an active member of numerous research societies and associations. He is currently chairman of the GDCh expert committee “Coatings Chemistry” and on the management board of GDCh e.V. (German Chemists Society). Since 2015, he is President of FATIPEC (Federation of Associations of Technicians for Industry of Paints in European Countries). He is also an expert in the polymer chemistry group at AiF (German Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke” e.V.)

Divisional management

Dr. med. Urs Schneider

Dr. med. Urs Schneider is head of the subject area »Medical Engineering and Biotechnology«. He is deputy head of the business unit »Medical Engineering and Biotechnology« and the department »Biomechatronic Systems«.

Dr.-Ing. Marco Schneider

Dr.-Ing. Marco Schneider is head of the subject area "Manufacturing and Process Engineering". He is deputy head of the business unit "Machinery and Equipment Industry" and head of the department "Lightweight construction technologies«.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Sauer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Sauer is head of the subject area "Resource-efficient Production". He is deputy head of the business unit "Energy" and head of the department "Efficiency systems".

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Hägele

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Hägele is head of the subject area »Inteligent Automation and Clean manufacturing« and head of the department »Robot and Assistive Systems«.