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Thorsten Wuest, Ph.D.

Associate Professor for Smart Manufacturing

West Virginia University

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department

office: 347 Engineering Sciences Building (ESB)

lab: G70 ESB

Morgantown, WV 26506-6070, USA

email: thwuest [at] mail.wvu.edu


  • [01/19/2023] Article by Peggy Smedley on 'The Underpinnings of Industry 5.0' based on our recent conversation published in Connected World

  • [01/13/2023] Our new paper 'Description Model of Smart Connected Devices in Smart Manufacturing Systems' now available in Procedia Computer Science w/ Juergen Lenz & Dominik Lucke.

  • [12/27/2022] Reached 6,666 citations on GS today - what are the chances of hitting that particular number exactly? 🤔

  • [12/20/2022] Our WVU Smart Manfuacturing Lab's very own Makenzie accepted a position as TEaching Assistant Professor at WVU IMSE starting in Fall'23! We all couldnt be more proud of her!

  • [12/20/2022] Hosted our CESMII Smart Manfuacturing Curriculum Workshop for Educators at WVU with our partners Festo Didactics.

  • [12/07/2022] Congratulations Makenzie for recieving the very competitive WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship!

  • [11/25/2022] The 2022 World Manufacturing Report on 'Redesigning Supply Chains in the new Era of Manufacturing' released!

  • [11/17/2022] Congratulations to Sayantee Roy for successfully defending your MS IE Thesis on "Bottleneck Management through Strategic Sequencing in Smart Manufacturing Systems" - a challenging topic & excellent job in combining experimental & simulated data to compare algorithms for sequencing.

  • [11/10/2022] Vist by Randy Kenworthy, Partner at West Monroe, discussing collaboration opportunities, and he gave an exciting guest lecture to our Smart Manfuacturing students.

  • [09/21/2022] John Howard MD, the Director of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health references our work on 'Machine Learning in Manufacturing' in his new article on 'Algorithms and the Future of Work'.

  • [10/04/2022] New Paper Alert: Putting the controversial new term 'Industry 5.0' into perspective: 'Industry 5.0: Prospect and retrospect. 'Journal of Manufacturing Systems' w./ Leng, J., Sha, W., Wang, B., Zheng, P., Zhuang, C., Liu, Q., Wuest, T., Mourtzis, D., & Wang, L., published in Journal of Manufacturing System.

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Dr. Thorsten Wuest in an Associate Professor at West Virginia University at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research focusses on Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning/Data Analytics, AI/ML and Hybrid Analytics, Industry 4.0, Servitization and Product Service Systems, as well as closed-loop, item-level Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) with a focus on smart manufacturing systems. Dr. Wuest's research is funded by a variety of federal agencies (incl. NSF, NIST, CESMII/DoE), international agencies (incl. Thomas Jefferson Fund, DFG, EC, BMBF, etc.), and industry. In his research, he puts an emphasis on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach towards analysis and problem solving. He is a globally recognized Smart Manufacturing thought leader, selected among the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing by SME. In addition to publishing his work in the premier academic outlets of his field, he was featured by Forbes, Futurism, IndustryWeek, the World Economic Forum, CBC Radio, and World Manufacturing Forum, etc. He is involved in several professional societies in his field, among others, he is a member of IFIP WG 5.1 & 5.7, IFAC TC 5.3, SME, a senior member of IISE, and research affiliate of the CIRP. Dr. Wuest gave invited talks in eight countries and published three award-winning books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles in international archival journals and conferences gathering over 6,800 citations to-date, and serves as a reviewer for many. He serves as Vice-Chair Americas for the IFIP WG 5.7, is an Associate Editor for the Robotics & Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (RCIM), ASTM Journal Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS), and the International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR), and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMSY) and Production & Manufacturing Research (PMR). He is a member of the Provost's Academic Transformation Advisory Committee, the WVU Faculty Senate (2021-2024), and previously of the Strategic Core Transformation Team at WVU and the Statler College Glen H. Hiner Dean search committee 2019. He serves on the Advisory Board for several companies and startups, including Maven Machines, Veepio, Sustainment, SavePlanetEarth, and the WVU Industrial Extension.

Dr. Wuest was awarded his Ph.D. in Production Engineering with Summa Cum Laude by the University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany in 2014. Previously, Dr. Wuest received his Master's (German 5-year Diploma) in Industrial Engineering and Management. Additionally, he graduated top of the class in the International Business Master's program at the AUTUniversity, Auckland, New Zealand. He has worked as a research scientist for BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH in Bremen since 2009. He taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Bremen and supervised multiple Master and Bachelor theses as well as student research projects. In 2013/2014, Dr. Wuest received a prestigious doctoral grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and furthered his research for ten months at the Viterbi School of Engineering, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA. From 2015-2021, he serves as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) for Smart and Advanced Manufacturing at the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering department, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, WV, USA and named inaugural J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering in 2017. In his role, Dr. Wuest is involved in research, teaching at graduate and undergraduate level as well as service activities. He received the Statler Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2019 award, 2022 Statler Outstanding Researcher of the Year/Senior award (2022), and in 2016 he was selected as a fellow of the IDEA Fellowship in the office of the Provost of West Virginia University to further entrepreneurship across campus and develop a new course on Product-Service Systems (IENG493A/593A), receiving outstanding student evaluations (5/5). He taught over ~2,000 undergraduate and graduate students as the instructor of record at WVU to-date.


  • Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Production Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.

  • Master of Professional Business Studies (MPBS), AUT University - Business School, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Master of Science (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.