Industrial Advisory Board
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) has been established in 2008.
The IAB is aimed at:
- Promoting D-MAVT in its interactions with industry, ETH Zurich Executive Board, ETH Board and the public.
- The IAB strengthens and enhances the national and international leadership of D-MAVT in research and education in mechanical and process engineering.
Dr. Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow and the vice president of Europe and director of the IBM Research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. He was also recently appointed as the Watson IoT Research Relationship Executive.
Dr. Curioni is a world recognized leader in the area of high performance computing and computational science where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in 2013 and 2015.
Dr. Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. He started at IBM Research - Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. His most recent position has been the head of the Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.
Hanspeter Fässler received his PhD in mechatronics/robotics from ETH Zurich and an Engineer’s Degree from Stanford University. From 1989 to 2010 he worked for ABB. He was CEO of ABB Switzerland and ABB France, and Head of the Meditterranean Region as well as CEO of ABB Italy until 2010. Thereafter he became CEO of the Implenia group. 2012 he returned to ABB as the global head of the Grid Systems business until end of 2014. Since 2004, he is also on the Board of Directors of Dätwyler Holding AG, and starting 2015 he is acting as a professional non-executive director in several companies.
After studying mathematics at the University of Tübingen and Oregon State University and receiving a master’s degree in science, Siegfried Gerlach worked in software development at Computer Gesellschaft Konstanz, (CGK) a subsidiary of Siemens. In 1998 he moved to Siemens Switzerland to lead the software house within this business unit and in 1999 became Manager of the Transportation Systems unit. From 2004 until 2005 Mr. Gerlach was Divisional Manager for the Mass Transit business segment, focusing in particular on the “Combino” trolley car project at Siemens AG in Erlangen (Germany).
On 1st October 2005 Siegfried Gerlach became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Siemens Switzerland. In 2008 he was appointed as CEO and Board Member.
Calvin Grieder was born in 1955 in Washington, D.C. (USA) and received a degree in process engineering from ETH Zurich. He has held several management positions at various companies in the area of automation and plant engineering and proved his competence in the development of business segments in Switzerland and abroad. In 2001, Calvin Grieder moved from Swisscom to Bühler Group, which he chaired until the end of June 2016. Since February 2014 he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Buhler. Furthermore, he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Givaudan SA, as well a Member of the Förderstiftung Avenir Suisse.
Andreas Halbleib qualified as a mechanical engineer at the University of Darmstadt, Germany in 1990. After his first experiences as a junior engineer, he joined Polysius AG, Germany in 1992 as a project manager. From 2001 to 2008 he held various management positions in the company including Head of Technical Sales, Head of Project Management and Head of Process Technology. With this wealth of experience, he joined Holcim Group Support in 2009, as the Head of Mechanical Process Technology. In 2013 he was promoted to the Head of Cement Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of the company. In the same year he became a member of IngCH representing Holcim. He was appointed as a Member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the D-MAVT at ETH, Zurich in March 2015.
Dr. Tony Kaiser graduated from University of Zürich with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. During his professional career he held several R&D management positions at BBC, ABB and Alstom in Switzerland, Italy and USA. In his current capacity as an independent consultant, his responsibilities include the presidency of the Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE). He is also a member of the board of METAS and sanu future learning AG.
In May 2015 Matthias Kaiserswerth became managing director of the Hasler Stiftung in Berne. The non-profit foundation supports education, research, and innovation in information and communication technologies to benefit Switzerland as a place of science and work.
Before that he worked for 27 years in IBM. Other than a three-and-a-half-year interruption, where he served as key account manager on the commercial side of IBM, managing the global relationship with a large international industrial client, he spent his entire career in IBM Research. After 12 years as researcher in high-performance communication, security, and embedded systems in Switzerland and the US, he was promoted to Director of IBM Research-Zurich. A position he held for more than 11 years in total.
Matthias Kaiserswerth studied informatics at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany and at McGill University in Montreal and also obtained his doctorate in engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University.
After graduating in business administration from a university of applied sciences, Mr Hans Marfurt worked in various positions at two companies before joining TRUMPF Maschinen AG as Commercial Director in 1986. After a two-year foreign assignment, he took over as Managing Director in Baar in 2000.
Dr. Sandro Matter completed an apprenticeship as a biology lab assistant at Ciba Geigy (today Novartis), while at the same time graduating from a Swiss federal high school. At the age of 29, Sandro Matter received a degree in organic chemistry from ETH Zurich followed by a PhD in material science.
His professional carrier began at Synthes-Stratec, where from 1997 – 2000 he was responsible for the production and development of biomaterials. In 2000 he co-founded Kuros Therapeutics in Zurich. In 2002 Dr. Matter became head of the Biologics and Research Division at the Straumann Institute and since 2005 till 2014 he has been Global Head of the Products Division and later Global Head of the Business Unit Prosthetics in Basel. From 2002 he he served a Member of the Excecutive Management Board of the Institut Straumann AG. 2015 he became CEO of Dentalpoint AG.
Dr. Myriam Meyer received her PhD in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich. She brings along almost 20 years of CEO- and executive line management experience in industry. She gained her experience in different businesses: aviation, pharmaceuticals, mechanical and plant engineering. She worked for such prestigious companies as Swissair, Roche and RUAG.
Based on her broad industry experience Dr. Myriam Meyer acts today as an independent member of different national and international company boards such as Swiss Post Ltd. and Wienerberger AG. Furthermore she was elected in 2011 by the Swiss Federal Council as Vice-President of the Commission for Technology & Innovation CTI. Since 2017 she is elected to the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik.
Philip Mosimann studied at ETH Zurich from where he received an engineering diploma. From 1980 until 1997 he worked at Sulzer AG in Winterthur, where among other positions he was head of the Sulzer Thermtec and Sulzer Textile Divisions. In 2001 he moved to Bucher Industries AG and since 2002 he has been CEO. In 2016 he will take over the position of Chairman of Bucher Industries. He is also Chairman of Uster Technologies AG in Uster and a Member of the Board of Conzzeta AG in Zurich.
Following many years working in different management positions for the Sulzer Group, Dr. Eduard Rikli was CEO of Mikron Holding AG until the end of 2009. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brütsch/Rüegger AG, and a member of the managing board of several industrial firms. In addition, he is president of the group Engineers shape our Future IngCH, and plays an active part in various organisations whose main goal is to promote training for engineers. He also works as a consultant with his own company.
Walter T. Vogel studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. From 1992 he worked as Vice President in the sales sector at Aliva AG until he moved to HILTI AG in 1995. Four years later he became Divisional Manager and subsequently CEO of Roll Holding AG. From 2007 to 2015 he was CEO and since 2015 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aebi Schmidt Group. This company develops, manufactures and sells municipal and agricultural equipment worldwide.
Walter T. Vogel is also a Board Member of Skyguide (Chairman) and Kardex Group (Vice Chairman).
Dr. Ralf Weinekötter studied chemical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and ENSIC - Nancy, France. During his PhD at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), process engineering, he joined as well the Particle Technology Group of DUPONT in Delaware, USA. Furthermore he wrote the first book about „Mixing of Solids“ during his term as senior lecturer at the institute of process engineering of the ETH Zurich. He contributed the chapter “Solids Mixing” to the recent Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook. He has covered various industrial positions within Gericke, from development, engineering to technical sales. Presently he is managing director and member of the board. Recently he presented a new production approach by publications and lectures covering the continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical oral solid dosage products.
Dr. Jürg Werner studied from 1976 to 1981 electrical engineering at ETH Zürich, was until 1987 scientific assistant and finished with a promotion about semiconductor-lasers. 1987 to 1989 he did research at Bell Communications Research Inc., Red Bank, New Jersey, USA in the fields of photonics and optoelectronics.
1989 to 1996 he was head of development of fire detection at Cerberus AG, head of project and was working for the European standard consortium CEN. From 1996 to 2010 Dr. Werner was head of development, director and member of the Executive Board at V-ZUG AG. 2010 until 2013, Dr. Werner was CEO of V-ZUG AG. From 2012 on he is CEO of Metall Zug AG and Chairman of the Board of V-ZUG AG since 2013.
- SNV Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung, Member Executive Board, President
- DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V., Member Executive Board
- Economiesuisse, Member Executive Board
- ZHAW Member Advisory Board Facility Management
- Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften/Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW), Single Member