Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers, born in 1957 in Papenburg/Ems, has been head of the IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering since 1996.
After his studies of mechanical engineering at the University of Hannover from 1978 to 1983, Prof. Albers had a assistantship at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design under Professor Paland and obtained his doctorate in 1987 with honors (summa cum laude). From 1986 to 1988 Prof. Albers had a position as a senior engineer at the Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design at the University of Hannover until he changed his employer in 1987 and started his career in industry at LuK, a company of the Schaeffler-Group with focus on clutch- and gear-systems. Before returning to academia in 1996, Prof. Albers was product development manager, responsible for clutch-systems and member of the executive board.
Since 1996 Prof. Albers is head of the IPEK (the former Institute of mechanical design) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and established the research fields drive systems, design-methods and -management as well as mechatronics. He divides product development into its systems, methods and processes. All three areas are worked on by his team in research and teaching in order to satisfy the complexity of today’s product development. Round about 50 scientists are currently researching at the IPEK with a range from fundamental research to applied science in cooperation with industry.
Prof. Albers is also well involved in teaching, in particular by restructuring the content of teaching and by applying new teaching methods which especially aim at teaching professional skills. Therefore, the KaLeP – Karlsruhe teaching model of product engineering – as a holistic approach for teaching product engineering was developed and realized successfully.
1978–1983 Studies in Mechanical engineering, University of Hannover, Germany, Graduation with distinction
1987 Doctoral degree in mechanical engineering (summa cum laude), University of Hannover, Germany (Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.-G. Paland)
2007–present Guest professor at Tongji University, Chinese German academic association
2001-2012 Principal Investigator in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 588 „Learning and cooperating humanoid Robots“
2000-2011 Principal investigator in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 499 „Primary Shaping of Microsystems“
2000-2011 Spokesman of the DFG Collaborative Research Center 483 „High performance sliding and friction systems based on advanced ceramics“
1998–2004 Deputy head of the institute of ceramics in mechanical engineering at the for-mer University of Karlsruhe (TH), now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
1997–present Guest Lecturer at TU Sofia, Bulgaria
1996–present Full professor for product development at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
1989–1995 LuK GmbH & Co. OHG, Bühl, manufacturer of clutch systems, torsional vibra-tion dampers und power train systems for the automotive sector. Resigned as head of the development department for clutch systems and deputy member of the executive board.
1986–1988 Research associate and senior engineer at the department of Machine Elements, University of Hannover
Activities and Awards (Selection)
2016 Schaeffler FAG Foundation Honorary Award 2016 for excellence in technical research and education
2015–present Member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society
2012–2015 Spokesman of the DFG Review-Board 402 (Mechanics and Constructive Mechanical Engineering)
2011–present Founding Member and Chairman of the Scientific Association for Product En-gineering (WiGeP)
2010-present President of the Allgemeiner Fakultätentag AFT e. V., the German General Faculty Association
2005–present Member of acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering
2005–present Member of the advisory board of the VDI-Society “Development – Engineering – Sales (EKV)
2000 Honorary Doctorate of the Technical University Baku, Aserbaidschan
Strategies, methods and tools for supporting the product development process
- Development methods for mechatronic systems
- Management of product development processes
- innovation management
- CAE methods with focus on computer-aided form and shape optimization as well as the simulation of complex drive systems
Drive systems (in particulary vehicle drive systems) and their components with focus on dimensioning, dynamics, NVH, acoustics and comfort as well as energy efficiency
- Friction and bearing systems
- System performance, dynamics and dimensioning of complex power trains
- Condition monitoring
Validation of mechatronic Systems
- XiL – X-in-the-Loop – A framework for validation of complex mechatronic drive systems
- Drive systems
- Mechanical micro-systems
- Competence-Oriented Education and new teaching concepts for expertise and professional skills