Ian Gibson is moving for his new position at the UT all the way from Australia. Until recently he was Professor of Additive Manufacturing at Deakin University, where he also established the Centre for Advanced Design and Engineering Training. In the past he worked, for example, at the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Hull, where he got his doctoral degree.
Gibson is a well-known expert on Additive Manufacturing (commonly known as 3D Printing). He recently received the International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award, lifetime achievement award recognizing his contribution to the field. At the UT, he will have the position of Professor of Design Engineering, as well as the Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center.
The Fraunhofer Project Center, opened in 2017, is an independent institute based at the UT campus. It is a partnership of the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen, Germany. The Center mainly aims to transfer research directly into industrial practice. It focuses on assignments based on issues from industry, helping to develop solutions covering from product development, production processes and maintenance to digital designs.
Apart from appointing Professor Gibson as the scientific director, the Fraunhofer Project Center also assigned a scientific board comprising of Professor Ton van den Boogaard, Eric Lutters and Professor Boudewijn Haverkort.