Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele

Head of the Institute

Born 1953 in Waldstetten
Married, two children


1963 – 1972 Parler Gymnasium, Schwäbisch Gmünd
1972 – 1977 Study of mechanical engineering at Stuttgart University of Technology

Scientific Education

1977 – 1983 Research Associate at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart
1983 Dr.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering at Stuttgart University of Technology
1983 – 1986 Head of Department “Indusrial Robots and Automization” at Fraunhofer Institute (IPA), Stuttgart
1992 – 1996 Lectureship at Universität Karlsruhe and Barcelona

Industrial Experience

1986-1990 Stihl, Waiblingen
Department Leader Production Engineering and -Planning
1991-1999 Bosch, Bühl
Divison Director Machining Technology and Special Machinery
Technial Plant Manager in Barcelona (Spain) and in Bonneville (France)

Academic Experience

Since 2000 Managing Director of the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools at the Technische Universität Darmstadt
The PTW is engaged with 90 employees in production research. The main activities concern:
• Cutting Technology (High-Speed Cutting)
• Machine Tools and Components for HSC- Machines
• Production Organisation and Lean Management
2005 – 2007 Dean of Mechanical Engineering Faculty
2007 Foundation and Set Up of the Process Learning Factory (CiP) at TU Darmstadt
2015 Construction and inauguration of the Energy Efficiency Factory ''ETA-Fabrik''
2016 – 2017 President of the Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Produktionstechnik (WGP)
2015 – 2019 Spokesman of the directors board of the Kopernikus-Project „SynErgie“
(80 Partners, 10 Mio. Euro Budget p.a..)

Awards and Honors

2003 Winner of the first cooperation award of Hassia
2008 Award with the Process Learning Factory in “Germany – Country of Ideas”
2011 Award of the iniative “Excellence in teaching academic in Hassia” (this award is one of the most prestigious highest award in Germany for university teaching)
2013 Honorary Professor at Nanjing University, China
2013 Friendship Medal, Jiangsu Province, China
2014 National Friendship Award by chin. prime minister


  • International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Fellow
  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktionstechnik (WGP), President 2016/2017
  • Carl Benz Kreis des VDI-ADB
  • Membership of Editorial Advisory Board, Transactions of FAMENA, University of Zagreb
  • Chairman of the scientific council at Carl Hanser Verlag for magazine “Werkstatt und Betrieb” (wb)
  • Member of scientific council for magazine “wt-online”
  • Member of acatech (National Academy of Science and Engineering)


About 200 international Publications in the Fields of:

  • Machine Tools
  • Machining Technology
  • Industrial Robots
  • Production Management