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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 Sciences Building

Morgantown, WV 26506-6070, USA

office phone: +1 (304) 293-9439

office fax: +1 (304) 293-4970


Dr. Thorsten Wuest serves as Assistant Professor at West Virginia University and J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research focusses on Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning/Data Analytics, Hybrid Analytics, Industry 4.0, Servitization/Product Service Systems, 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 a recognized Smart Manufacturing thought leader, listed 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, 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 Vice-Chair Americas for IFIP Working Group 5.7, a member of IFIP WG 5.1, 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 books and over 130 peer-reviewed articles in international archival journals and conferences gathering over 2,350 citations to-date, and serves as a reviewer for many. He serves as Vice-Chair Americas for the IFIP WG 5.7, is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMSY) and an Associate Editor for the ASTM Journal Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS) and the International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR). He is a member of the Strategic Core Transformation Team at WVU and serves on the Statler College Glen H. Hiner Dean search committee 2019.

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. Over the last years, Dr. Wuest successfully acquired several externally funded grants (Industry, Thomas Jefferson Fund, 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 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. 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. He received the Statler Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2019 award 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).

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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