Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Professor Zäh (b. 1963) focus on machine tools and generative production methods, production technology and cognition for engineering systems.  
Professor Zäh graduated in mechanical engineering from TUM, where he also earned his doctorate degree in 1993 under the supervision of Professor Milberg, at the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (IWB). From 1994 to 1995, he was Chief Engineer and Department Head for Machine Tools and Production Technology under the direction of Professor Reinhart. In 1996, he switched over to the private sector, working for a manufacturer of machine tools used for gear wheel machining, where he held various management positions. In 2002, Professor Zäh accepted the Chair of Machine Tools and Production Technology at TUM and has held the position of Director of the IWB since then.


Reinhart G, Zäh MF (Hrsg.): Marktchance Individualisierung. Berlin: Springer, 2003.

Zäh MF, Oertli T: “Finite element modelling of ball screw feed drive systems”. In: Annals of CIRP, Bd. 53/1/2004. Krakau, 2004; 289-293.

Zäh MF, Pörnbacher C: “A model-based method to develop PLC software for machine tools”. In: Annals of CIRP, Bd. 54. Antalya, 2005; 371-374.

Zäh MF, Siedl D: “A new method for simulation of machining performance by integrating finite element and multi-body simulation for machine tools”. In: Annals of CIRP, Bd. 56. Dresden, 2007; 383-386.

Zäh MF, Beetz M, Shea K, Reinhart G, Bender K, Lau C, Ostgathe M, Vogl W, Wiesbeck M, Engelhard M, Ertelt C, Ruehr T, Friedrich M, Herle S: “The cognitive factory“. In: Changeable and reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Editor: ElMaraghy HA. 1. Aufl. London: Springer, 2009; 355-371.