IAW - Chair and Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics


Head of the Institute

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verena Nitsch

Fields of Study

Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management; Training of Teachers in Vocational Schools

Main Focus

Ergonomics, Human-Machine Systems, Work Organization, Process Optimization and Simulation, Project Management, Product- and Processdesign, Technical Didactics, Demographic Changes

Research Focus

The main research focus of the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW) in 2011 has been the design and optimization of work systems and work processes in development, production and service. This complex task is performed by an interdisciplinary team of mechanical and industrial engineers as well as computer and social scientists.

By means of an innovative, ergonomic human computer interaction we encourage the creativity, competencies, abilities and skills of our customers' staff members in complex value-added processes with the objective of optimizing work organization, conditions and results. In particular, methods for modelling and simulation are applied in the research context.

Our goal is implemented in cooperation with research funding organizations and our industrial customers. Large-scale enterprises benefit from the application-oriented research as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. The interdisciplinary team of the institute also enables focussing on comprehensive exploratory questions in the context of demographic changes.

Professor Schlick was elected to the Professional Council 407 "Systems Engineering" of the German Research Foundation in 2011 and participates actively in the structural development and quality assurance of German research.


IAW - Chair and Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics
Eilfschornsteinstr. 18
52062 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 80-994 40
Fax: +49 241 80-921 31

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