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Thorsten Wuest
Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.)

Assistant Professor for Smart Manufacturing
J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering

West Virginia University
Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department

PO Box 6070
347 Engineering Science Building
Morgantown, WV 26506-6070, USA

office phone:   +1 (304) 293-9439
office fax:        +1 (304) 293-4970
email:              thwuest@mail.wvu.edu



Dr. Thorsten Wuest was awarded his Ph.D. in Production Engineering with Summa Cum Laude by the University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany in 2014. Previously, Dr. Wuest received his Master's (German 5-year Diploma) in Industrial Engineering and Management. Additionally, he graduated top of the class in the International Business Master's program at the AUTUniversity, Auckland, New Zealand. He has worked as a research scientist for BIBA - BremerInstitut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH in Bremen since 2009. Over the last years, Dr. Wuest successfully acquired several externally funded grants (DFG, EC, BMBF, etc.) for original research projects. He taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Bremen and supervised multiple Master and Bachelor theses as well as student research projects. In 2013/2014, Dr. Wuest received a prestigious doctoral grant form the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and furthered his research for ten months at the Viterbi School of Engineering, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA. As of July 2015 he serves as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) for Smart and Advanced Manufacturing at the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering department, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, WV, USA and named inaugural J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering in 2017. In his role, Dr. Wuest is involved in research, teaching at graduate and undergraduate level as well as service activities. In 2016 he was selected as a fellow of the IDEA Fellowship in the office of the Provost of West Virginia University to further entrepreneurship across campus and develop a new course on PSS/Extended Products. 

Dr. Wuest is currently working among other things in the areas of Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Servitization/Product Service Systems, Machine Learning/Data Analytics, Knowledge, Information and Data management as well as closed-loop, item-level Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) with a focus on manufacturing systems. In his research, he puts an emphasis on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach towards analysis and optimization. He is involved in several professional societies in his field, among others he is a member of the IFIP Working Group 5.1 and 5.7, senior member of IISE and research affiliate of the CIRPDr. Wuest published over 70 articles in international peer reviewed journals and conferences and serves as a reviewer for many.

Education summary
  • Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Production Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
  • Master of Professional Business Studies (MPBS), AUT University - Business School, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Master of Science (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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