Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark, born in 1964, is the Director of the Chair for Industrial Information Technology at the 'Technische Universitaet Berlin' and the Director of the Department for Virtual Product Creation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology Berlin.
After his German high school diploma (Abitur) and the military service he studied mechanical engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum and at the Texas A&M University, USA. In 1989 he finished his studies with a Diploma thesis on “Development in Fiber Optic Pulse Laser Generation of Surface Wave for Non Destructive Evaluation” as part of a reserach project with NASA in the United States.
From 1989 to 1994 he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Design engineering/ CAD of the technical faculty at the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken. During this time he was significiantly involved in the development and establishment of the Institute for Innovative Production at the Center of Technology Saarbrücken including six further technical chairs. In his basic studies he focussed on tolerance, features and product data. With his dissertation ”Entwicklung eines mathematischen Toleranzmodells zur Integration in (3D-) CAD-Systeme” (Development of a mathematical modell on tolerance for the integration in (3D-) CAD systems) he contributed considerably to the engineering progress of these areas.
After his doctorate degree he started working at Ford AG Cologne, where he worked from 1994 to 1997 as a system engineer in the department of body design. In the following he focussed on methods in virtual product creation and was a technical expert for CAD, modelling of product data and product information management. In 2002 he was nominated Technical Manager of the Department of Virtual Product Development and Methods at the Ford Motor Company where he worked until January 2008. During this time he gave numerous guest lectures and presentations at the University of Bochum, the Saarland University Saarbrücken and at the University of Applied Science of Aix-la-Chapelle. His success in industrial research was presented by different publications and presentations within industrial research groups, conferences and workshops.
In February 2008 he was nominated Professor at the 'Technische Universitaet Berlin'. His key domains of research are context relevant digital information modeling, intuitive usability of and functional interaction with virtual prototypes, function driven virtual product creation as well as product development methods and processes.