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Thorsten Wuest, Ph.D.

Associate Professor for Smart Manufacturing

West Virginia University

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department

office: 347 Engineering Sciences Building (ESB)

lab: G70 ESB

Morgantown, WV 26506-6070, USA

email: thwuest [at] mail.wvu.edu


  • [09/21/2022] New Paper Alert IV: Rabiul Hasan's new paper on 'A Review of Sustainable Composites Supply Chains' investigating this growing space available online -> link

  • [09/19/2022] New Paper Alert V: Our paper on 'Status Quo of Smart Manufacturing Curricula offered by ABET accredited Industrial Engineering programs in the US' was published in Manufacturing Letters

  • [09/16/2022] New Paper Alert I: Makenzie & Isabelle spearheaded the paper on 'The Classification of Game Elements for Manufacturing' at APMS 2022 -> link

  • [09/16/2022] New Paper Alert II: Tao and the team did incredible work on scheduling in SMS: 'Dynamic scheduling with online predicted order remaining completion time considering production uncertainty: A simulation study' at APMS 2022 -> link

  • [09/16/2022] New Paper Alert III: Melanie, Frederica, & David looked into a 'Thematic Research Framework for Eco-efficient and Circular Industrial Systems' at APMS 2022 -> link

  • [09/13/2022] Presenting our research funded by CESMII at IMTS, Chicago w./ Sathish Kasilingam & Anna Billey link

  • [08/22/2022] Our paper on Pattern Recognition in Multivariate Time Series:Towards an Automated Event Detection Method for SMS received Editor's Choice award from JMMP.

  • [08/06/2022] Joint paper titled "Automated manufacturability analysis in smart manufacturing systems: a signature mapping method for product-centered digital twins" w./ Ramy Harik and Kaishu Xia published in Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

  • [07/08/2022] Makenzie's paper "Current State of Research and Outlook of Gamification for Manufacturing" published in Journal of Manufacturing Systems

  • [06/30/2022] Milica presented her apper on Smart Manufacturing Curricula at ABET IE programs in teh US at NAMRC 50 (w./ Anna )

  • [06/28/2022] Sathish presented his research as a finalist at the NAMRC 50 competition.

  • [06/21/2022] Congratulations to Makenzie & Isabelle for their first high-impact journal publication being accepted with minor revisions.

  • [06/16/2022] Hosted Smart Manufacturing session for middle schoolers (1 of 5 this summer!) as part of our CESMII curriculum evaluation w./ Makenzie, Milica, Anna, & Mike

  • [06/15/2022] Keynote on "The road to servitization of industrial assests & the role of smart manfuacturing technologies" at Future of Field Service, Chicago, IL, June 15, 2022, 11:20-11:40 CT. link

  • [06/07/2022] Discussing "Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing Resiliency" (with Jim Wetzel) at Smart Manufacturing Experience, Pittsburgh, PA, June 7, 2022, 10:15 am- 10:45am. link

  • [05/26/2022] Presented Smart Manufacturing Curriculum study to CESMII Edu Committee w/ Milica, Anna, Makenzie, and Mike.

  • [04/26/2022] Sathish was selected as finalists for the ASME/SME Student Manufacturing Design Competition at NAMRC 50. Congratulations!

  • [04/22/2022] Congratulations to Jenna for the 'IMSE UG Student Researcher of the Year Award' AND the 'IMSE Outstanding Senior Award (2022)'! We are so very proud of you!

  • [04/22/2022] Congratulations to Robert for the 'IMSE Outstanding Senior Award (2022)'! Well deserved and looking forward what you will accomplish next!

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Dr. Thorsten Wuest in an Associate Professor at West Virginia University at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research focusses on Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning/Data Analytics, AI/ML and Hybrid Analytics, Industry 4.0, Servitization and Product Service Systems, as well as closed-loop, item-level Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) with a focus on smart manufacturing systems. Dr. Wuest's research is funded by a variety of federal agencies (incl. NSF, NIST, CESMII/DoE), international agencies (incl. Thomas Jefferson Fund, DFG, EC, BMBF, etc.), and industry. In his research, he puts an emphasis on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach towards analysis and problem solving. He is a globally recognized Smart Manufacturing thought leader, selected among the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing by SME. In addition to publishing his work in the premier academic outlets of his field, he was featured by Forbes, Futurism, IndustryWeek, the World Economic Forum, CBC Radio, and World Manufacturing Forum, etc. He is involved in several professional societies in his field, among others, he is a member of IFIP WG 5.1 & 5.7, IFAC TC 5.3, SME, a senior member of IISE, and research affiliate of the CIRP. Dr. Wuest gave invited talks in eight countries and published three award-winning books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles in international archival journals and conferences gathering over 6,000 citations to-date, and serves as a reviewer for many. He serves as Vice-Chair Americas for the IFIP WG 5.7, is an Associate Editor for the Robotics & Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (RCIM), ASTM Journal Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS), and the International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR), and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMSY) and Production & Manufacturing Research (PMR). He is a member of the Provost's Academic Transformation Advisory Committee, the WVU Faculty Senate (2021-2024), and previously of the Strategic Core Transformation Team at WVU and the Statler College Glen H. Hiner Dean search committee 2019. He serves on the Advisory Board for several companies and startups, including Maven Machines, Veepio, Sustainment, SavePlanetEarth, and the WVU Industrial Extension.

Dr. 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 - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH in Bremen since 2009. 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 from 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. From 2015-2021, 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. He received the Statler Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2019 award, 2022 Statler Outstanding Researcher of the Year/Senior award (2022), and 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 Product-Service Systems (IENG493A/593A), receiving outstanding student evaluations (5/5). He taught over 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students as the instructor of record at WVU to-date.


  • 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.