Academia-Industry cooperation – developing long-term mutual benefit – Fred van Houton

Speaker: Fred van Houton

Title: Academia-Industry cooperation – developing long-term mutual benefit

Abstract: Pending

Biography: Prof. van Houten is the head of the “Design Department” of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente. The department is also comprising the chairs of Product Design, Product-Market relations, Packaging Design and Management, Maintenance Engineering and Integrated Product Life Cycle Management. The group consists of more than 60 staff members and 30 PhD students, which are active in a wide area of research in Design Integration and Process Modeling. Prof. Van Houten is member of the High Level Group of the Enabling Technology Platform “Manufuture” of the European Commission, the national Smart Industry Forum and of the foundations STODT (Foundation Technical Education and Service Twente), Fris (Creative Industry) and Leo-center for service robotics. In April 2009 Prof van Houten has been elected as member of the Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech) and in August 2010 he has been elected President of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). In 2011 he has been elected as foreign member the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). In that year he also became member of the Berliner Kreis (Wissenschaftliches Forum fuer Produktentwicklung e.V.), the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft fur Produktentwicklung (WiGeP). On 4 June 2012 Prof van Houten was awarded with the 2012 Gold Medal of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). On 12 June 2012 Prof van Houten has been elected as Fellow of the Design Research Society (DRS) and as Fellow of the International Society for Nano Manufacturing (ISNM).

Prof van Houten has published more than 150 scientific papers and has presented 34 invited keynote papers. He has been chairman of the Editorial Committee of the CIRP annals from 2000 until 2006. At present he is member of the editorial board of several international Journals.