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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology Aachen, Germany, FSME Chair of Manufacturing Technology/Co-Director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering RWTH Aachen University Head.

Fritz Klocke is recognized with the Eli Whitney Productivity Award for seminal contributions to the development of a broad range of new manufacturing processes as well as the improvement of existing manufacturing methods.

Klocke studied manufacturing engineering at the TU Berlin, was a research fellow at the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology until 1981 and then as head engineer until 1984, receiving his engineering doctorate in 1982. Klocke worked in industry from 1984 until 1994 at Ernst Winter & Sohn in Hamburg. In 1995, he joined RWTH Aachen as professor of manufacturing engineering technology, and since then, has been chair of manufacturing technology, co-director of the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools & Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology.

Klocke was awarded the Otto-Kienzle Memorial Coin in 1985 by the Manufacturing Engineering University Group. The title doctor engineering honoris causa (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) was bestowed on Klocke by the University of Hannover in 2006 for his outstanding achievements in science, his efforts in the industrial implementation of a broad range of manufacturing techniques as well as for his commitment in numerous scientific committees. In 2009, the title doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) was awarded to Klocke by the University of Thessaloniki for his achievements in production science, his engagement in international cooperations and his benefits as a teacher and supervising tutor of student engineers. In 2010, Klocke received the Fraunhofer Medal and was bestowed an honorary doctorate by Keio University. He was elected to the 2012 SME College of Fellows. Member Since 2012.

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