Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing.Dipl.Wirtsch.-Ing.Prof.eh.Dr.h.c. Wilfried Sihn

Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing.Dipl.Wirtsch.-Ing.Prof.eh.Dr.h.c. Wilfried Sihn

Technische Universiät Wien & Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH

Professor Wilfried Sihn was born in Pforzheim, Germany, in 1955. From 1976 to 1982 he studied Business Engineering at the TH Karlsruhe. He earned his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart in 1992. In 1982 he started working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart, first as a Research Fellow, then as a Group Manager, Head of Department and Division Director, and from 2000 as Deputy Director.

In September 2004 he joined the Vienna University of Technology to work as Professor for Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Institute of Management Science. Since March 2009 he is head of this institute.

In May 2007 he earned a honorary doctorate (Dr.h.c.) of the University in Skopje/Macedonia.

Professor Sihn has been active in the field of applied Research and consulting services for more than 25 years now, taking part in more than 300 industrial projects. His areas of expertise include production management, corporate organization, enterprise logistics, factory planning, order management, life-cycle management, maintenance, modelling and simulation, and business process reengineering. In addition, he led projects in the fields of business structuring and business controlling. Although most of his projects took place in Germany, they also involved partners from the rest of Europe, Africa, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. Professor Sihn was instrumental in developing such concepts as the Fractal Company and Decentralized Equipment and Process Responsibility, which have been successfully implemented in a variety of areas such as the automotive sector, aerospace, electrical and electronics industry, shipbuilding, and public administration.

Professor Sihn is Vice-President of the “International Society of Agile Manufacturing” and International Editor of the journal „Agility and Global Competition”, as well as Guest Editor of the „International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM)”. He holds lectures on the above-mentioned topics at national and international conferences. His more than 200 publications also include several books, making him an active player in scientific and practice-related discussions.

He directs the Austrian Scientific Plattform for Logistics (WissLog) and is board and chair member of the Austrian Logistics Association (BVL). Furthermore he is member of multiple boards of directors and boards of administration as well as member of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM).
In February 2006, Professor Sihn was invited to become a member of the „International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)”.
In November 2008 he was appointed Managing director of the newly found Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and manages the Fraunhofer Project Center Production and Logistics Management in Vienna.
Since March 2009 he is Academic Director of the new transnational MBA Automotive Industry Program of the Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.


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