Design Practice Speaker Series

Dr. Eckhard Kirchner - Design of, and with, sensing machine elements

Thursday, 22nd April 2021 @ 14:00 BST

Join us for this webinar with Dr. Eckhard Kirchner. This webinar is presented by the Design Practice SIG.


Dr. Eckhard Kirchner is the head of the Institute for Product Development and Machine Elements at Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt since April 2016. His research focus is on next generation machine elements and the required development methods; furthermore, his group works on design for additive manufacturing technologies.

During his industrial career he worked for altogether 16 years in the automotive industry in various positions and companies in the area of driveline development ranging from simulation engineer to program manager for a global dual clutch transmission prototype. He worked for Adam Opel AG and GM Powertrain as well as for Schaeffler and Siemens and brings his pragmatic and practical problem solving experience to the field of design methodology research. He holds more than 160 patents and is the author of three text books, which are unfortunately all in German.

He received his Diploma Degree in Applied Mechanics from Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in 1995 where he also read for his PhD in the area of shape optimization in nonlinear structural mechanics. In 1993-94 he spent an academic year at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim.


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