Andre Sharon to Direct Boston University/fraunhofer Resource Center Massachusetts Collaborative

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(Boston, Mass.) — Jon Westling, president of Boston University, and Professor Doctor Fritz Klocke, director of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft’s Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany, recently announced the joint appointment of Andre Sharon as director of the Fraunhofer Resource Center Massachusetts and professor of manufacturing engineering at Boston University. He will also serve as a member of the board of the IPT.

“As director of this international collaboration in manufacturing technology, Professor Sharon will lead a distinguished team of academic and industry-based scientists and engineers, with access to the most advanced manufacturing technologies,” said Westling. “This focus on solving real-life manufacturing problems to enhance the development of new products and reduce the time-to-market of products will support economic development on a regional, national, and international level.”

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the largest industrial research organization in the world, coordinates research and technology within a network of Fraunhofer Institutes, each of which is paired with a university laboratory that shares its core technology focus.

“Fraunhofer has demonstrated an incredible track record in Europe, developing new technologies for industry while educating engineering students in the process,” comments Sharon. “In collaboration with Boston University and the vast U.S. academic research base, Franuhofer USA is ideally suited to serve as a technology gateway between U.S. and European industry, as well as providing the training for a highly qualified pool of truly international engineers. I am very excited to lead this enterprise into the 21st century.”

Sharon has 15 years of academic and industrial experience managing, developing, and deploying state-of-the-art automation for industry. His experience ranges from sub-micron, high-precision machinery for manufacturing optoelectronics and semiconductors, to high-speed assembly of consumer products.

Most recently he has been executive officer of the MIT Manufacturing Institute, a $2 million/year endeavor which he co-founded in 1991 to “bridge the gap between traditional academic research and the needs of industry”. Previous to that he was associate director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT. He spent seven years at IBM, working at the Watson Research Center and the General Technology Division where he developed manufacturing machinery and test equipment for computer components.

Sharon received his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is editor-in-chief of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, Inc.