EPIEM Vision

EPIEM is the intellectual home and a virtual space of mindful academics of European universities working in the Management of Technology/IEM field and aiming to contribute to a future-oriented and sustainable development of a multi-cultural as well as globalized European Society.

EPIEM Objectives

EPIEM as a collaborative European network of IEM professors with the overall objective to foster collaboration between IEM professors and universities across Europe in order to enhance the research field “Management of Technology (MOT)” as well as the teaching field “Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM)”.

The objectives of the EPIEM network can be summarized as follows:

  • Create a common and well-known understanding of the MOT/IEM field across Europe
  • Develop and promote IEM academic education on an university level and share best practices
  • Enhance cooperation between academia and industry
  • Encourage the engagement of IEM community in joint research projects
  • Characterize IEM professional demands
  • Facilitate international education of IEM students

EPIEM Drive Group

At the EPIEM Conference 2014 in Graz, Prof. Bernd M. Zunk took over the responsibility for the EPIEM network from Prof. Jim Platts (University of Cambridge). In Bucharest 2018 as well as in Aveiro 2019 the “EPIEM Drive Group” has become operational and started to develop the EPIEM organization further.

Currently, the EPIEM Drive Group is consisting of six European IEM professors: Prof. Anabela C. Alves / University of Minho, Prof. Carina Pimentel / University of Aveiro, Prof. Cristian Mustata / Politehnica University of Bucharest, Prof. Stevan Stankovski / University of Novi Sad, Prof. Erwin Rauch / Free University in Bolzano and Prof. Bernd M. Zunk / Graz University of Technology.

Bernd M. Zunk (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0985-4769) is in his role as an Associate Professor the Deputy Head of the Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology as well as the Head of the Industrial Marketing, Purchasing and Supply Management working group at Graz University of Technology. Furthermore, he is the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences.  In this function he is responsible for the Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics Master and PhD programmes at Graz University of Technology. His current research interests are focusing on “Attractiveness, Risk, Trust and Power in Buyer-Supplier Relationships”, “Preference of Industrial Customers”, “Personality and Motivation of Purchasing Professionals” as well as “Sustainable Supply Management”. In 2014, he took over the chairmanship as well as the strategic management of EPIEM. This task also includes the network development activities of the whole EPIEM organization.

Anabela C. Alves (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2926-4187) is PhD in Industrial Engineering and Systems and she is Assistant professor in University of Minho, School of Engineering, Department of Production and Systems and researcher of ALGORITMI R&D Center. Her main research interests: Design and Operation of Production Systems; Lean Production; Engineering Education with focus on Lean Education and Project-Based Learning. It has published over 130 papers and mentored over 50 dissertations in Industrial Engineering and Management. Within EPIEM, Prof. Alves is the “Coordinator Teaching Activities”.

Carina M. O. Pimentel (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4284-1628) is an Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism at the University of Aveiro in Portugal as well as the director of the Integrated Master’s degree in IEM at the same university. Prof. Pimentel’s research activities are integrated in the Decision Support Systems group of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies within the Research and Development Unit for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Her main research interests are the development of solution approaches for supply chain and operations management decision problems, namely in the production planning and scheduling, lean manufacturing, supply chain 4.0 and urban logistics areas. Over the last years she has been involved in numerous funded research projects. Furthermore, within EPIEM she is the “Coordinator Research Activities”.

Cristian Mustata (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5783-268X) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering in Foreign Languages, and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is an experienced Trainer and Professor with a rich experience in higher education and corporate workshops. He is strongly skilled in training and developing management skills, marketing, entrepreneurial and personal/soft skills. Furthermore, he is highly interested in sustainability topics and the developer of the “Bucharest Integral Management Model”. Within the EPIEM Drive Group Prof. Mustata is the “Coordinator Relationship Management and Network”.

Stevan Stankovski (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4311-1507) is a professor at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, and head of Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Technical Sciences. His main research interests: Intelligent Systems, Mechatronics, Automation and Project-Based Learning. He is an experienced trainer and professor with rich experience in higher education and corporate workshops. Over the last years, he has been involved in numerous funded research projects. He is managing editor in the Journal of Mechatronics, Automation and Identification Technology (www.jmait.org). Within the EPIEM Drive Group, Prof. Stankovski is the „Coordinator Project Activities“.

Erwin Rauch (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2033-4265) studied at the Free University in Bolzano, the Technical University Munich (TUM) and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stuttgart with summa cum laude. He is an Assistant Professor for Manufacturing Technology and Systems at the Free University of Bolzano and member of the study council of the Master in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he is the Head of the Smart Mini Factory laboratory for Industry 4.0 and member of the scientific advisory board of Fraunhofer Italia. He is the author of over 150 scientific contributions and an expert/member of various associations and organizations e.g. AITeM, Associate Member EuroScience, Expert Group World Manufacturing Forum. His research interests are focusing on Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Socially Sustainable Production, Digitalization and Assistance Systems in Production, Engineering Education 4.0 and Axiomatic Design for Complex Systems. Within the EPIEM Drive Group Prof. Rauch is the “Coordinator for Research Projects”.