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Thorsten Wuest

Associate Professor - Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Dr. Thorsten Wuest’s research focusses on Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Hybrid Analytics, Industry 4.0, Servitization, and Digital Supply Networks. He is globally recognized as one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing. Dedicated to broad dissemination, his work was featured by Forbes, Futurism, IndustryWeek, the World Economic Forum, CBC Radio, and World Manufacturing Forum, in addition to the premier academic outlets in his field. He won several awards for his research, teaching, and service, including multiple best paper awards, Statler Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2019, and the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Journal of Manufacturing Systems Reviewer award.

Dr. Wuest gave invited talks at top ten institutions around the globe, published three books and over 130 peer-reviewed articles gathering over 3,100 citations to-date ranking him among the top 2% of researcher worldwide. He serves as Vice-Chair Americas for IFIP WG5.7, on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Manufacturing Systems and the World Manufacturing Foundation, and as Associate Editor for the journals ASTM Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS) and International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR). He is a member of the Provost's Academic Transformation Advisory Committee (2021), Faculty Senate (2021-2024), and served on the Strategic Core Transformation Team (2019) and the Statler Dean search committee (2019), all at WVU. Testament to his entrepreneurial spirit and interest in close collaboration with industry, he serves on several advisory boards, incl. Maven Machines and WVU Industrial Extension.


Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.), Production Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2014

M.S. (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.), Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2009

Master of Prof. Bus. Stud., International Business, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008