Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann is university professor for Sustainable Manufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering and co-director of IWF, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, Technische Universität Braunschweig as well as director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST since November 2018. Since 2009 he leads the Joint German-Australian Research Group on “Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering” together with Prof. Sami Kara from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.
Prof. Herrmann has studied mechanical engineering/production engineering. He was research assistant at IFH (Institute of Production Automation and Handling Technology) and IWF. After his doctor degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 2003 he habilitated in production engineering in 2008 and was appointed associate professor (apl. Prof.) in 2011. In 2013, he became full professor. As a company’s founder (2002-2007), he has transferred tools and services to support design for environment into the electric/electronic and automotive industry. From 2005 to 2008 he was also scientific director of KERP Center of Excellence Environment & Electronics, Vienna. From August 2009 to February 2013 he was scientific director and member of the NFF (Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik / Automotive Research Center Lower Saxony), Germany. Prof. Herrmann has conducted various industry and research projects in the context of life cycle engineering and sustainable manufacturing on national and international level. He was chairman of the international conference series Eco-X in 2005 and 2007 in Vienna and chairman of the 18th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering held in Braunschweig in 2011. Since 2012 he is Visiting SIMTech Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.
In 2011, Prof. Herrmann's team, together with colleagues from Fraunhofer and industry partners, has won the German Resource Efficiency Award from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Germany. In 2013, the lecture "Product and Life Cycle Management" was rewarded with the LehrLEO award by the TU Braunschweig as the best lecture in the bachelor degree programme. From 2009 to 2019 Prof. Herrmann was mentor professor for the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme at the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft, sdw). From April 2017 until March 2019, he was dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
He has published more than 300 papers and book publications as author, co-author and editor. Prof. Herrmann is member of the German Academic Association for Production Technology (WGP) and of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).