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Educating the "Engineer 4.0"

Presented by Christian Kuhn

In the era of digitalisation the manufacturing industry rapidly changing. With new technology and processes emerging the new level of automated and connected systems is going to have far-reaching impacts on human labour and the workforce.

Putting the human operator in the centre Christian explains how the unique and award –winning “living Lab” – a full-scale laboratory connecting machines, software and processes – enables engineers to experience the full production cycle from the perspective of different business verticals. Furthermore, Christian highlights the challenges and opportunities employers and employees are facing – from white to blue collar workers and junior to senior engineers and showcases how companies can develop and grow the talents they need to stay ahead of the competition.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Understanding the engineer as centre-piece of cyber-physical production systems
  • The hard and soft skills of the “Engineer of the Future”
  • The knowledge transfer loop: putting theories into daily practice - and vice versa
  • Digitalisation as opportunity for the blue collar workforce
Christian Kuhn, DHBW Mosbach
Christian Kuhn

Prof. Dr.-Ing., DHBW Mosbach

Christian is a Professor at the Department of Engineering at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW Mosbach). He has extensive experience in applied information and communication technologies in technical and business management areas.  His current teaching and research activities focus on the connection and integration of information technologies with industrial processes, automation and simulation technologies and puts a special emphasis on the „Industrie 4.0“ as well as the „Internet of Things“.

He is the initiator and deputy spokesman of the Competence Centre „Production and Information Management“ at the DHBW Mosbach to support the concepts and initiatives of the „digital transformation.“ Furthermore, Christian leads the „International Program in Engineering“ as well as the Master‘s programme „Integrated Engineering“.

Prior to that, Christian has been working for a leading software company for many years and was responsible for the development and implementation of manufacturing and logistics solutions for the automotive and machinery industry.

Christian studied Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Steering and Control Engineering, at the University of Karlsruhe and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences.