Professor Gunther Reinhart, Dr.-Ing. is full professor for Industrial Management and Assembly Technology and director of the iwb (Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management) at Technische Universität München. After studying mechanical engineering with the emphasis on design and development, he was research assistant at iwb from 1982 to 1988 with Prof. Dr. Joachim Milberg. During the last two years he was in charge of the assembly automation department. After receiving the Ph.D. from Technische Universität München he started his industrial career with the BMW Group, initially as head of the handling and welding engineering department and subsequently as director of the body paint shop. In 1993 he turned back to university to become professor and director of the iwb.
From March 2002 to February 2007 Professor Reinhart took a sabbatical from university to become a member of the executive board of IWKA Corporation, a large German supplier of engineering, robotics and plant equipment with 13,000 employees worldwide. He was in charge of Technology and Market (CTO) focused on the discovery of new global market opportunities, the establishment of an internal auditing system and the development of the IWKA packaging technology group.
2007 Professor Reinhart turned back to university and has served with Professor Michael F. Zäh, Dr.-Ing. as co-director of the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) with more than 100 employees and two locations: Garching near Munich and Augsburg. He is also the chairman of the Bavarian Cluster for Mechatronics and Automation e.V. and since January 1st 2009 head of the Fraunhofer IWU research-department for Resource-Efficient Converting Machines (RMV).
Gunther Reinhart is married and father of three children. He is member of multiple scientific societies and associations e.g. acatech, WGMHI, CIRP, WGP and WiGeP. He has approximately 500 publications in leading trade journals to his credit, and is author or editor of ten books and two series. He has also supervised the research projects and the doctoral theses more than 100 research associates.