Chair of Product Development

Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kilian Gericke

Within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, the Chair of Product Development represents the topics of engineering design and design methodology. With a focus on system-oriented product development, methods and processes for the development of innovative and sustainable products are researched and taught.

The aim of this research is to develop support (methodologies, processes, methods, guidelines, and tools) for product developers and companies that enable them to master the complexity of modern systems, to develop innovative solutions and, at the same time to reduce product costs and product development costs as well as product and process related risks. For this purpose, both products and processes are examined for structures, and design support is developed for their analysis and optimization.


  • Product Development - Interdisciplinary Methods
  • Design Theory and Methodology / Systematic Product Development
  • Design Methods
  • Function Modelling
  • Human Centered Design
  • Creativity Methods
  • Design Process Improvement
  • Process Modelling
  • CAx and CAD - Advanced Methods in 3D
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Prototyping

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