Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark

Born in 1964, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark is head of the Virtual Product Creation division at Fraunhofer IPK and head of the chair of Industrial Information Technology at the Technische Universität Berlin.

After taking his high school diploma (Abitur) in Wattenscheid and completing his military service, he studied mechanical engineering at Ruhr University Bochum and Texas A&M University (USA). He qualified as an engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur) in 1989 with a diploma thesis on “Development in Fiber Optic Pulse Laser Generation of Surface Wave for Non Destructive Evaluation“ which he completed during a tenure as a research assistant in the USA. From 1989 to 1994 he was a research fellow in the department for Design Engineering/CAD of the Technical Faculty of the University of Saarland. During this time he was a major mover in the establishment of the Institute for Innovative Production at the Saarbrucken Technology Center to which six other technical departments also contributed. His basic research focused particularly on the fields of tolerance, features and product data and informed his PHD thesis on Development of a Mathematical Tolerance Model for Integration in (3D) CAD Systems, which led to major new advances in these fields. After attaining his doctorate in engineering (Dr.-Ing.), Rainer Stark joined the Ford Motor Company where he worked from 1994 to 1997 as a system engineer in the department of body design. Subsequently his interest shifted to the methodology of virtual product creation and he became a technical expert for CAD, product data modeling and PIM. In 2002 he was appointed as technical director of the Virtual Product Creation and Methods department at Ford Europe where he remained until January 2008. In this capacity he was responsible for the definition, development and introduction of novel PLM solutions in the field of virtual product creation (C3P Next Generation) at Ford and was also European director of the digital process and method projects for Ford, Volvo and Jaguar/Land Rover as well as of collaboration with Mazda, development partners and systems suppliers.

During his 14 years activity in the automobile industry, he gave numerous guest lectures and presentations at the University of Bochum, the University of Saarland and the University of Applied Sciences at Aix-La-Chapelle. His achievements in industrial research are documented in numerous publications and presentations for industrial research groups, conferences and workshops.

In February 2008 he was appointed to a chair at the Technical University of Berlin where he succeeded Prof. Dr.-Ing. F.-L. Krause. His research interests are in intuitive and context-aware information modeling, intuitive use and functional interaction for virtual prototypes, function-oriented virtual product creation and product design development processes and methodology.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark is a member of the Scientific Society for Product Development – WiGeP.