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.