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Dr Dirk Schaefer

Associate Professor of Design Engineering at University of Bath

Dr Dirk Schaefer is an Associate Professor of Design Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath (UK).  Prior to joining Bath, he held faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and the University of Durham (UK), respectively.  He has more than twenty years of experience in Computer-Aided Product Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing, both in industry and academia.  

Dr Schaefer is spearheading research on Cloud-based Design and Manufacturing (CBDM) and Social Product Development (SPD), which are high-impact areas in the context of Industry 4.0 and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for Product Creation and Production Engineering.  In 2014 he published the worldwide first two books on Cloud-based Design and Manufacturing as well as Social Product Development with Springer.  A third volume on Cybersecurity for Industry 4.0 is to appear in 2017.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Europe (Eur Ing), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD), and a Chartered IT-Professional (CITP) in the UK. In addition, he is a member of the Design Society (DS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Dr Schaefer’s work has resulted in more than 140 scholarly publications in journals, books, and conferences, more than 75 presentations at national and international events, and significant external funding for research, development and technology transfer.


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